eating indie in indy

IKEA 11400 Ikea Way Fishers In.

Breakfast at IKEA  

I know we are the guys who go to independent eateries in Indy; but this place just opened a week ago; and I have never been to Ikea. To me this is just some Swedish company that sells furniture kits and meatballs. A punchline to a joke. However they have a Cafe that sells breakfast and lunch and prices are low. The place is huge; a gigantic warehouse where you can buy anything you might want. They also sell 75 cent hot dogs.

The cafe has a cafeteria setup with one serving line that sells breakfast from 9:30 to 11:oo, lunch 11:00 to 3:00 and dinner from 5:00 to close. Pat got what they call a small breakfast for $1. That includes eggs, potatoes and turkey sausage. Milk is $1 as are the cinnamon rolls and a side of bacon is $1.29. So you get a pretty comprehensive breakfast for less than 5 bucks. Also if you become a “Family Member” you get free coffee.

I opted for a Swedish American Breakfast for an extra dollar. That is a small breakfast with the addition of Swedish pancakes and strawberry jam. The eggs are your typical cook in bags eggs you find on steam tables everywhere. Nothing spectacular about them at all. The potatoes were okay and the bacon was very good. Nice and crisp. The sausage was a surprise. It was turkey sausage but it actually tasted like sausage. The “pancakes” were not so good. They looked more like a crepe and they were quite chewy. Would not eat them again.

The best part on my morning meal was my piece of cake for $1.99.

It was called a Chocolate and Butterscotch Cake had it had a slightly toffy like crust and tasted like a creamy Heath bar with just the slightest crunch. It was very good. I would eat that again.

After breakfast we had to walk around and look at all the stuff. That is why they sell food here. To keep the customers in the store looking. After a couple of hours browsing, and after eating 75 cent hot dogs we went back to the Cafe. One note on the dogs. They are pretty good but they offer no condiments. I like at least a bit of mustard on mine.

Lunch at Ikea

I have heard so much about the Ikea meatball I just had to try them. Besides I had a coupon for buy one get one. So for $5.99 we got two Swedish Meatball entrees.

It was an interesting plate of food. The mashed potatoes taste real, the gravy was okay and the veggie medley was unique. It consisted of cauliflower, sweet potato and carrot with a bit of red onion. It was interesting. The vaunted meatballs were also interesting. To me I think less is better for these. The first few were tasty enough but the more I ate the less tasty they became. Maybe I just got full. If I find my self back there I will probably try them again.

This place is definitely a destination; just not for food. However it is nice to know that you can get some decent food while you are there; and it is cheap.


6 responses

  1. Edward Koolish

    If your going to deviate from the independent eateries .. then you missed your chance to try some very good food across the street: Portillo’s. It’s excellent. A couple of days ago I tried getting some lunch there and the line was out the door. I got in line for a few minutes and then gave up and left. I think they will open one up on the south side.


    October 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    • Well we don’t plan on deviating from our original concept we just thought this would be a novel experience. However your point is well taken and it will be something to consider. Thanks for the tip.

      October 18, 2017 at 5:57 pm

  2. I need that cake.

    October 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    • We all need that cake.

      October 20, 2017 at 1:05 am

  3. Hah, my mother is reading you now! 🙂
    So, I haven’t been to the IKEA here, but I’ve been. When I went, I didn’t eat meat so I’ve never had the meatballs. I don’t think hot dogs were offered, but then, it’s hard to say, cause I didn’t eat meat. I wouldn’t want one without mustard, but it’s nice they serve food to fuel their shoppers. I’m glad you reviewed this place for the food.

    October 26, 2017 at 6:58 am

    • Thanks Joey’s Mom. I was really hesitant because it IS IKEA but I thought why not.After all it IS IKEA.

      October 26, 2017 at 7:02 am

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