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Fire by the Monon 6523 Ferguson

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This place has been around a few years. Located North of the Canal in Broad Ripple it doesn’t get the attention joints farther South receive. It also doesn’t have the traffic and noise some of those other places get. It is a pleasant old building with very nice outdoor seating. However with the weather we have had dining out doors was not an option.

I think I have passed this place up because the menu was;for the most part; a bit typical of so many other taverns. The reason I reconsidered was a food blog I read that praised their Grueben sandwich. That would be  flash fried grouper on grilled rye bread with Swiss, slaw and Russian dressing. In other words a Ruben sub fish. As it turned out I didn’t even order that.

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I didn’t order either the dirty Mac and Cheese or the almost famous Fish Tacos. I did order their Blacken Mahi, with side choice for $9.95.

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The fish was a very nice piece. The spice level was low so I really didn’t get the “Cajun” effect but it was flavorful. The fish was a bit overcooked, but with such a firm piece of fish it wasn’t a deal breaker. The onion rings were plentiful and tasty. However the batter was pretty salty for my tastes. Of course I did manage to finish them so I guess they weren’t TOO salty. I think I would order it again just with a different side. The rings were really filling.

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The size of the fish on Pat’s plate reminding me of another place we went to. They offered big chunky pieces and the batter was so thick it didn’t crisp up all the way through and the fish was “steamed”. That wasn’t the case here but the batter was as salty as my onion rings. Also I was able to taste a piece of the cod and I though it was very well done.

I also tried one of the $4 beers. That particular “flavor” of Upland I have wanted to try for a while and this was my first opportunity. I found it to be a very crisp and refreshing beer; perfect for the days of August. I can see my self coming back here. Sitting outside having a beer and a Grouper sandwich. It doesn’t overlook the Canal and it doesn’t have the people watching available South but it looks comfy and shady,and they have a good Draft menu.

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6 responses

  1. While I’d probably enjoy heavily-salted onion rings, I don’t think I’d care for the same effect on my fish.

    August 4, 2016 at 11:54 am

    • Well I don’t really dig either one.

      August 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm

  2. Ricky Sue

    Did you try the Champagne Velvet, Binsin?

    August 4, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    • Oh yes. It was really good. A bright and crisp lager. I could have had a couple of them.

      August 4, 2016 at 10:37 pm

  3. I thought the fried fish bites were pastry at first, or dessert. They do look thick, as you say. That sign would have led me straight to the Grueben; that’s pretty original. At least your fish wasn’t too old fishy-tasting. And I’ve never heard of Upland, but I assume it’s Indiana brew. Glad you enjoyed it.

    August 4, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    • Yeah the fish looked like little potatoes. I like fried fish but I prefer it thin battered more like Tempura. Their fish was good quality and fresh I just think they need more experience in the cooking of same. Funny how I went for the Grouper and stayed for the Mahi. Oh yes Upland is one of our local Breweries. They have quite a few tasty beers. Their Velvet was excellent. A nice and crisp lager style. Goes down smooth in the heat.

      August 4, 2016 at 10:46 pm

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