eating indie in indy

Farmers Market Cafe. 650 W. Washington Street

This is both a cafe ,in that you are served your food and a cafeteria ,in that you order your food at a cashier and then take your seat. Are you with me? It is located in the Indiana State Museum which is right on the canal so you can’t get much better scenery in the summer.

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This picture was taken at the bottom of the street ramp leading to the Museum.

When you enter you find the cashier stand with menus posted. This is where you order,pay and receive a numbered plastic placard, like an old-time Sizzlers.

You walk through the cooking area to get your drinks,or frozen yogurt from their soft serve machine. Or for some impulse buy.

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Once you pay and get your beverage you can sit inside or out on a wide veranda overlooking the canal.

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In the bottom picture you can see the skyline of the IUPUI campus in the background. Now really isn’t this a great place to eat?

Now for the food. They had a pepperoni flat bread special for $7.99. Evidently it fulfilled Pats dream.

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Pat suggested this place because his wife; Fran, who works at the university went there and recommended it. She also mentioned that she had a fried green tomato BLT. Well I did not see that when I checked out the menu on their website this morning but I sure saw it on the menu board. I really like fried green tomatoes, and I really,really like BLT sandwiches. So the combo of the two was a no-brainer. They use Smoking Goose bacon so it was mandatory for me for lunch. They put theirs on a whole grain toast with both green leaf and iceberg lettuce and a nice slathering of mayo. Normally I can take or leave mayo,but with both fried green tomato or BLT sammiches you need the mayo. Of course as a kid we used Miracle Whip( salad dressing). It was cheaper. But as I entered my teens I acquired a taste for mayo.

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Now this was a great sandwich. Crunch from the bacon and the lettuce. Tart and tangy tomatoes with a nice creaminess from a healthy dose of mayo. $9.99 with sweet potato chips.

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So. Yes I liked this sandwich. Was it unique and original. No,but how many sandwiches are? I think this is a great place to catch lunch, and check out the State Museum. Plus you get to look over the canal. Now that is a bonus,if for no other reason than the chance for people watching.

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5 responses

  1. Nice view, yes. I tell you what, I deplored mayo growing up. It was like a fatty clump of ew. But as I became an adult, I learned to appreciate it on BLTs. Helps with the moisture content, so it’s not so dry and scrapes the roof of your mouth. Lately, I even use horseradish sauce. But a nice, chewy bacony BLT is sure hard to beat!

    June 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    • As a kid you were not allowed to have taste. You ate what mom fixed and she fixed what dad liked. I actually liked Miracle Whip growing up. As I got older I learned about mayo and its uses and limitations. You are so right about mayo and a BLT. It is also good with fried green tomatoes. Now horseradish sounds totally grand. Fried green tomatoes with horseradish. My O My

      June 9, 2015 at 5:08 pm

  2. I ate there a long time ago, too, and I remember liking it, but thinking it was pricey. I think we’ll go back 🙂
    I fried up green tomatoes today, I’m actually eating them right now 😛

    June 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  3. Artfully made pizzas are a culinary craft I search for incessantly. And to fulfill my appetite preferences, the search is usually long and disappointing. I took to making my own for the most part. I love grilling my homemade pizzas. I set up a station with dough ready to go, and let my kids go at it with making theirs as they desire. Then slide them onto the grill and dinner is a night to remember.
    And speaking of mayo, I remember someone–very early on in my childhood–setting up a blind taste test for me with store bought mayos and homemade. I could not go back after that. What a beautiful condiment that concoction is.

    June 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    • Several years ago I got a deal on a pizza oven at an auction and I started making pizza in a back kitchen in rural New Mex, delivered them as well. A whole lot of fun. Can’t agree more about the mayo. Of course most joints get a gallon of Hellmans, add stuff to it and call it aioli. Bah.

      June 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm

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