eating indie in indy

Big Lug Canteen 1435 E. 86th Street

Well we have another Brewery in Indy. Or as some folks called it a few years ago Nap Town. This particular place is unique if only in the fact that it is part of the Sahms’ Family of businesses. The Sahm family has been involved in the restaurant business for more years than I can remember,and I think their total stands at 10 across the city. So we have pretty high expectations for this, their first endeavor into brewing. They opened this past Monday and on Tuesday I went in to have a look. The place is a two-story beauty right on the Monon Trail at the corner of 86th St. and Westfield Blvd. To ease some of the traffic problems on 86th they provided a cut in onto Westfield Blvd. Good for them.

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This sign is a large sheet of plate steel with the name cut out by laser or water jet. Pretty dramatic. I was told that the cutouts were used for a sign in the upstairs dining area. I didn’t check that out then I thought I would wait until I came back. They offer their beers in sizes ranging from 20 oz. to 7 oz. The prices go from $6 to $3. So that means you can try 2 different beers and consume less than a pint doing it. I had a pint of their IPA and a Hoss-Dip appetizer for $7. The app was melted mozzarella cheese,topped with avocado mixed with Greek yogurt;Greekamole; spicy hummus and a black bean and corn salsa served with a big side of Frito scoops. The dip was pretty tasty. A nice bite to go with a beer.

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Today we both went,and we were both impressed with the space. An up stairs deck;overlooking the trail and an expansive patio mere feet from the Monon.

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These are the cutouts from the outdoor sigh;downstairs.

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These are the remaining letters.

Not only do they offer smaller pours for their beers they also offer half sandwiches and half salads. They even have a Big Lug Half N’ Half. That is a half a sandwich and a half a salad for 2 bucks off the regular price. That is what I opted for. A Bahn Lug; their facsimile of a Vietnamese sandwich with Smoked Pork Belly, Chicken Pate and Bahn Mi vegetables. I married that with a half Judo Chop Salad. The salad was a bowl of mixed greens topped with ham and cappacola as well as olives and bleu cheese. My choice may seem odd but all the flavors worked well together and there could not be any complaining on the size of my meal.

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Patrick decided on a BLT with grilled chicken and avocado; a full size and a half salad as a side.

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We spent $11 each for our sandwiches, a price I think is more than reasonable. The menu they give is unique and from what I have had well prepared. So. Good food. Good beer. Good prices. I especially liked that they offer “specialty” salads and each one offered a protein,be it chicken, veggie patty or ham. Basically all of their salads;except the House salad was a version of what could be called a Chef Salad. I am really excited about this place and what it can do to revitalize Nora.

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8 responses

  1. Looks yummy! Your salad especially!
    Back in the day, I babysat for our Sahm neighbors. Four kids — but then they had a new baby, and I didn’t (kinda still don’t) like babies. lol

    October 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    • Good salad and a good sandwich, and no babies any where to be seen.

      October 22, 2015 at 6:51 pm

  2. I like the name, the look of the place, the Banh Lug (LOL), and the interesting food. Doesn’t look run-of-the-mill at all. I did have to google Manon, but now I know what it is!

    October 23, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    • Yeah sometimes I forget that not everyone who reads my blog are Hoosiers. Don’r you have something similar to the Monon? Ours extends for a few miles and has a bunch of beer joints along the way.If your are walking or riding you definitely need to pace yourself.

      October 23, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      • We have a Sixth Street, which is lots of bars and live music venues. I understand the pacing yourself.

        October 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      • Well the Monon Trail caters to walkers,joggers,bikers and the occasional mugger so any adjacent property is prime real estate.It has become stylish for folks to gather in packs and ride their bikes from beer joint to beer joint on the trail.either for charity or merely for fun. I don’t bike. Maybe next year.

        October 24, 2015 at 4:40 am

      • Oh, I see. We don’t have that. I wouldn’t want to drink and then try to ride a bike.

        October 24, 2015 at 10:39 am

      • I’m thinking a couple of beers might improve my skills,or at least make it less painful when I fall.

        October 24, 2015 at 11:21 am

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