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Thunderbird 1127 Shelby Street

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The sign is a bit misleading. The Thunderbird opened as a night club in 1950, and “rocked” it old school until 1972. I was never there. I went to old-time “divey” bars and for late night entertainment there was Broad Ripple.

I think this new incarnation opened 2 years ago as a dinner house. They just recently decided to give lunch a go. Here is a link to their website.

http://thunderbirdindy.com/

I suggested this place a couple of weeks ago. I think Pat agreed just to humor me. As he has said many times he is a simple man with simple tastes. Also he has a well know aversion to onion.

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I don’t agree with Pat’s assessment that this place is a bistro. Their food is pretty much comfort foods with a Southern focus and a chef driven spin. Are their prices high? Yep;on some items. A 9 buck grilled cheese is high. On the other hand at $3 my biscuit sliders were quit reasonable. Especially when you realize a McDonald’s bacon, egg and cheese biscuit costs more.

One thing Pat commented on was how oily the chips were. Tasty but oily. Evidently they flash them in the fryer for a bit and then sprinkle them with old bay seasoning.

They have okra fries on their menu. I like fried okra. Finding it around here is difficult. The few places that offer it give you this frozen stuff in a bag . Here they buy it fresh, cut it and fry it to order.

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You get a nice sized bowl for $5. They offer a spicy mayo based dipping sauce I wasn’t really a fan of. I did enjoy the okra though. It is pickled before it is breaded and fried. Which adds a whole new layer of flavor and it also adds a bit of acid to the mix. Now for the biscuit sliders.

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They offer two options. Braised pork belly and fried chicken. I got one of each. The belly was melt in your mouth tender. They topped it with an onion jam, which was pretty sweet. It fit well with the fatty pork but after a few bites it became almost cloying. The next time I get it I will 86 the jam.

You can get your chicken biscuit mild or hot. I chose hot and it had a pleasant burn. The chicken biscuit comes topped with their slaw and house pickles. The slaw was vinegar based and played off the spicy crunch of the chicken nicely. My taste for slaw leans more towards the creamy style but this variety did its job well. I think a side of the slaw might be too “dry” when eaten by itself. The biscuits themselves were nice. Flaky yet substantial enough to hold up to fried chicken. The pickles were unique to my taste buds. They are of the refrigerator variety. You slice ’em; pickle ’em and stick them in the fridge. I enjoyed them.

This place is well-appointed with lots of wood and custom light fixtures. The whole joint has a dimly lit ambiance. Suitable for an evening of cocktails and snacks. I think that would be the best way to enjoy this space. With some friends and a few cocktails and eats. They offer craft draft as well as wine but I think they take their mixed drinks very serious. The bartender has several bottles of syrups that they use to flavor some of their liquors. The bartender is also serious about Bourbon. He likes to keep Bonded bottles around. Nothing says commitment like a few bottles of 100 Proof bottled in bond liquor.

Thunderbird Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

5 responses

  1. OK….I must try those biscuit sliders! Thanks….I’ve been wondering about this place

    March 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    • I am glad they decided to start lunch. I am still intriqued by the miso roasted chickpeas.

      March 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm

  2. Yes, the biscuit sliders look so yummy. Do you prefer regular dill pickles or bread ‘n’ butter pickles on your sandwiches? The fried okra looked good, too. I only have eaten it in tater top shapes (chopped shortways), never sliced longways like that. Ranch used to be served standard with okra, and now they want to charge us. Hmph! With Pat being so simple, does he wear the same kind of outfit all the time, too? Like if you had a Pat paper doll, would it only have a couple outfits? Or does he try new things in other ways? I guess he’s willing to try these new places, just eating the same things?

    March 3, 2017 at 11:36 am

    • I think bread and butter are my favorite pickle. These had an initial hint of bread and butter and then immediately went to a bit sour. Interesting. The only fried okra I have had have been chopped horizontally or whole. This is a whole new experience for me. Pat usually wears jeans and shirt when we go to lunch. I try to look a bit “dressier”. Pat rarely steps out of his comfort zone. That is why I was so bummed when he couldn’t get any chick peas. He nade a step but fate closed the door. He doesn’t like complex dishes. Abhors most condiments and prefers BBQ sauce on the side. He has gone on the wild side a few times. Like when he got a burger with peanut butter. A Pat paper doll? He would have 2 outfits he would wear; but alot more in the closet.

      March 3, 2017 at 11:50 am

      • Wonderful! I’ve wondered about the burger w/ peanut butter. I know it can help stews and sauces, so surely it would be good, if done properly. He’ll just have to do the chick peas next time.

        March 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm

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