eating indie in indy

The Grill 9755 Fall Creek Road

Yesterday when Pat called me to ask about our lunch location he told me he would really like to go to a place like the Golden Ace or the Red Key. For those who don’t know, these two joints are old school bars with menus limited to burgers cooked in a skillet, Braunschweiger sandwiches and chips. And maybe chili,in season. That sounded real good,except for one problem. Where are they? There are a few bars that may meet that criteria but they aren’t open for lunch or they have a tendency to be a bit “loud” for casual conversation and lunch. After a bit of a search I picked,what I hoped,would be a good example of Indy’s new normal Bar. Slick and sleek with a big polished menu. The Grill on Fall Creek Road. Actually I had a bit of a heads up about this place from a friend who mentioned The Grill 2 in Fortville. She goes there with her family and everyone likes the food. The Grill 2 is family friendly where as The Grill is 21 only.

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http://www.thegrillatgeist.com/ Here is a link to their website. The Grill 2 has its own site but it offers no accessible menu.

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Yep. Mushrooms. Lightly breaded and crisp these rank up with the best we have found for $6.99.

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I went a different route and opted for an appetizer for my lunch. Fried Smelts. I know about half of the readers are saying “Eww”. Smelt is like sardines and anchovy you like ’em or you don’t, no middle ground.I happen to like them and it has been years since I have had any.

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These were excellent. Delicately breaded and fried with the same skill as the mushrooms. They served them with both cocktail sauce and tartar sauce which I think is essential with these fishes. Were this place closer I would be back on a regular basis. With these on the menu that long drive has just gotten shorter.

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The last shots pretty much sum up our appreciation of The Grill’s efforts. Not only was the food good but the service was top-notch as well. Our server Danielle was very attentive and more than willing to answer any questions we had about the menu.

Anyone with any suggestions about joints like Golden Ace let us know.
The Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

10 responses

  1. Hurrah! I’m so glad you liked it! I’ve never had smelt… I love anchovies and sardines though.

    April 7, 2016 at 10:25 am

    • You really ought to like smelts then. A fishy fish for certain. There was a bar in Lafayette some years back that had all you can eat smelts and cheap beer specials on Fridays. A grand event.

      April 7, 2016 at 10:36 am

  2. Remember going smelting in Kenosha, WI, as a kid. I got to clean them all back in Anderson. All full of eggs and milt. Mom had the best batter. Everything but the slaw was deep-fried. Now, after 50 years, I get to have them again. Thanks.

    April 7, 2016 at 10:55 am

    • Your comment was slow coming to my attention that’s why the delay. I am glad you will be able to reconnect to a great taste treat. Hope you enjoy.

      April 9, 2016 at 10:15 am

  3. Never heard of smelt, but a double dose of fried stuff can be a nice comfort. I also ask for both the tartar and cocktail. Why pass up more flavors?

    April 11, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    • Smelt is a little lake fish. I think it is usually found in the coder regions,though I am not positive. Regardless they are good.

      April 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      • I guess if I can eat kipper and sardines, I could try smelt!

        April 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      • You sure can. A big plate of fried smelt and an ice cold beer. Heaven

        April 11, 2016 at 4:28 pm

  4. Try the breaded tenderloin. Trust me.

    April 11, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    • Will do. Thanks for the tip.

      April 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm

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