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The Ripple Bagel Deli 850 Broad Ripple Avenue.

Now this place has been open since 2003. I first noticed it 1 year ago, and just now we visit. I guess we wanted to wait until they got all the opening bugs worked out. Well if they have any bugs in the beginning I don’t know. They certainly have a slick operation now.

I tried to take a shot of the exterior, however I couldn’t get the whole view in without stepping into the street. Since my momma always told me not to play in traffic this is the best I could get.

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The place isn’t real big but it is colorful

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You order from a long counter and they call you when it’s ready and you pay at the end. The counter has stools, so I guess it also serves as overflow seating. They have a few laminated menus lying around but the focal points is the huge menu chalkboard on the wall behind.

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They offered a bialy as an option on the menu, so naturally I had to inquire if it was the real deal. Well the young lady behind the counter was informed enough to satisfy me that it was indeed the real thing. It is refreshing to find someone who really knows what is going on in the joint they work. So many restaurant workers are McDrones that don’t have a clue. But the people we interacted with had their stuff together.

The young lady told us that the bialy comes from Cincinnati, and the bagels come from Bagel Fair in Nora. Those folks have been making bagels in this town for more than 30 years. They have, in my estimation the best bagels in Marion County, if not the state.

Pat was happy that they had so many onion-less options. He decided on The Natty Dread.

Now that is Bacon, Colby and smoked Cheddar cheeses, lettuce,tomato and sprouts on a bialy. Since this particular bread had onion in it he subbed a whole wheat bagel. This whole thing was only $ 6.00.

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When it was my turn I knew exactly what I wanted. A Tape Your Ankles, subbing bialy for an onion bagel. This tasty bite consists of ham,pepperoni, salami, provolone, red onion, banana peppers and Italian dressing. And it was only $6.95. I also ordered a cup of Santa Fe chili for $3.50.

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The soup is house made. Just not in this house. I was told they buy it from, I thought she said Bagel Fair, but I am not positive. In either event it was pretty good. It tasted like a lot of chili I have had in Indiana. I don’t have any idea why it was dubbed Santa Fe. Maybe it was because of the addition of black beans and corn. Some folks think adding black beans and corn into a dish turns into a Southwest offering. Well, not anymore than adding soy sauce makes a dish Oriental. But as I said it was pretty good.

As for my sandwich it was very tasty. I could taste the salami and pepperoni as distinct and separate meats. The ham sort of blended into the background, but I think were it not there it would be missed. the cheese delivers a nice unctuosness and the peppers do what pickled peppers always do. They bring a hint of both vinegar and heat. I found it to be a great bite and a great value. So. I am sure Pat and I are one of the last to learn about this place but just in case we aren’t you should check this joint out. Great bagels,creative combinations and nice folks working there.

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Oh one last thing. I don’t make a habit of taking pictures of bathrooms but I made an exception here. They offer one facility and all the walls are covered in old record albums, that’s right old school vinyl. So here you go.

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Oh one last thing. This might be a clue to the deliciousness of their bagel creations, After they build them whey foil wrap them and then steam the whole damn thing. Crazy huh? Crazy good.

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4 responses

  1. Strange bathroom. LOL at “some folks think adding black beans and corn into a dish turns into a Southwest offering.” I had an everything bagel this morning, but it wasn’t as good as that looks. And I’d never heard the term “bialy” before. You keep teaching me new words.

    October 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    • A bialy is a cousin to a bagel. It has no hole in it merely a depression or dimple.and it is totally baked, not boiled and baked. It’s a nice bite. This joint rocks. It’s closer to me than Nora and they add cool stuff to the bagels. Imagine a raisin bagel with sausage, bacon, egg and cheese. Ooh wee. Not ain’t that something.

      October 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm

  2. Well, there we go. I was just going to ask what a baily was, and I’m rather glad for the explanation. It sounds toothsome and tempting. I don’t think I’ve seen them on offer round here in the Blue Ridge, but I just may have to go a baily hunting.
    Also, what a delicious surprise to find that the meats were BOTH detectable in your sandwich. I often feel it’s a bit of a bummer to discover flavorless fare.
    All in all it sounds like a two thumbs up kind of a joint. And I’d likely just pop in simply for the pleasure of using the loo. 😛

    October 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    • Two thumbs up and a big yahoo as well. I’ll be going back that’s for sure. I think the only think that would improve that bite would be the addition of bacon. Bacon makes everything better. They have a breakfast sandwich called the McDeli. Sausage,bacon,eggs and cheese on a raisin bagel. They also have bacon and cream cheese on a onion bagel. Just so many options.

      October 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

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