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The Propylaeum 1410 N. Delaware

As you can see this is the most historical and stylish place we have yet to visit. I have included a link to their website which offers more information than the Cliff’s Notes version on the plaque in the front yard.

Naturally when you visit a house as grand as this you want to take lots of pictures. Unfortunately my camera battery was fading so I was only able to take a few. Fortunately they allow self guided tours M-F 9 AM -5 PM. They also offer tea on Wednesday from 1 to 4 with a prior reservation.

The food is provided by Food Guys Catering and they did a splendid job. The menu is familiar and yet it has a few offerings that are not that common. They serve Chicken Velvet soup which was a standard at the old L.S Ayres Tea Room and is legendary in these parts. They also use both Campari and Kumato tomatoes which is rare. In addition they have a Nicoise salad on the menu, also very uncommon. That is what I ordered.

Their version omitted the skinny French green beans ( Haricot Verts ) and used asparagus. They also added artichoke hearts and substituted fingerling potatoes for the red. The basic salad ( sans canned tuna) is priced at $6. For an up charge you can add grilled chicken, grilled tuna or blackened salmon. Feeling lucky today I opted for the salmon for 3 bucks. The salmon was actually skillet blackened and nicely done. I would have liked it a little less cooked but it was fine and it complemented the salad very well. I really appreciate a  Nicoise salad because of all of its different components. From the saltiness of the olives to the sweetness of the tomato to the snap of the asparagus it was nicely designed and prepared. Speaking of tomatoes they seem to have use Kumato tomatoes on my salad, that explains the “odd” color.

At the end they brought us two cinnamon rolls that were pretty tasty, day old, but tasty.

So if you want to have lunch in a lovely old dinning room and eat some very good food at a more than reasonable price than you must try the Cafe at the Prop.

Propylaeum Tea Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

6 responses

  1. What an escape from the ordinary! That salmon salad looks amazing. And artichoke hearts, to boot?

    September 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    • Yeah it was a great change of pace from the bar food we’ve been eating lately. I am going back for the French onion soup I have a hunch it is quite something.

      September 21, 2017 at 6:29 pm

  2. I recently visited during tenderloin week, got a tasty grilled tenderloin with caramelized onions. I know I want to go back to try that grilled cheese sandwich! The self guided tour was great too.

    September 21, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    • We were going to do Tenderloin week last week but a friend convinced us to go to New Palestine. I want to do the tour myself as well.

      September 21, 2017 at 6:32 pm

  3. Awesome! So jealous! I’ve still not gone! Chicken velvet soup, I think my taste buds just cried! lol
    Yumma! 🙂

    September 21, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    • Oh this is quite a place. I want to try their High Tea. There is just something about an event called High Tea that appeals to me.

      September 22, 2017 at 6:01 am

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