This post is long over due. There will be no further reviews by Pat and Benson. Pat and Fran decided to retire to Minnesota. Pat’s last day here was March 28th. I had hoped to pick some legendary joints for us to go to but my health would not allow it. After a couple of trips to the hospital and a few medicine adjustments I am improving, just not well enough to hit the restaurant scene yet. By the way it had nothing to do with Covid. I am looking forward to getting out once more because a few new places have opened up and the ones that survived need some love. Which is exactly what I intend to do as soon as I am able.
Pandemic or not some folks are willing to take a shot. This location is off the main drag but is still well traveled. The space Dads is in used to be a chain sandwich joint and an ice cream parlor. Possibly more. I just can’t remember. My first impression after reviewing their menu was that the prices were a bit high. Upon further reflection I think they are probably in line with the rest of Broad Ripple. Folks don’t usually go to the Village for bargains.
I am not sure what Pat meant by the Bistro appearance. I though it was simply done. The treatment was top notch but for the most part it was rather plain. I guess we may need to hit a bar with sawdust on the floors.
I stayed with the burger part of the menu. Pat’s American was $12 and the House burger I ordered was $13. My burger came with cheese, avocado, pico de gallo and a chipotle mayo; and of course fries.
Now I do not think you could find a more attractive burger set up in town. From the cut of the veggies to the placement of the avocado everything was placed with precision and in an effort to please the diner’s eye. As for taste it was more than satisfying. The pico had just enough heat to get your attention and I enjoyed the creaminess the bit of avocado brought to the table. They use a ready made 3 to 1 patty and they give a reasonable portion of fries so the portions are modest. Of course most other joints offer 8 ounce burgers and enough fries for two.
I really enjoyed my burger. I thought it was nicely done and as Pat said it is not billed as a burger joint. They also have a big case full of bakers’ confections and of course a full coffee service. What caught my eye was a Blueberry Slapjack cake. It is just what it sounds like. Layers of cake size panckes stuck together and served with a side of syrup. They had the last pieces of an older cake reduced by half and I just could not resist.
Of course I forgot all about taking the picture until I was almost finished. Pat thought I should go ahead and take a shot anyway. I guess to document my lack of self control. However the cake cost $4.25. If that is half priced I doubt that I will be eating any cake there. It was pretty tasty though.
The pricey dessert aside I thought it was a pretty good lunch. They should do all right here. I think it is worth a try.
Well here we are back at a pub. Pubs are so different from when I was younger. Some actually have cooks and a kitchen. Some even have pizza ovens; like Main Street. Their oven uses wood. Should have gotten a shot of it. You can see it when you come in.
I could not resist their sausage so I opted for it as one of my toppings, They also offer different cheeses to go with their shredded mozzarella so I got some ricotta. Since Pat was so enthusiastic about his BLT I added bacon to my pie.
I agree with Pat they build an excellent pizza. The crust is thin and cracker crisp and it is not overloaded with sauce. They did a wonderful job with their sausage but its appearance can take you aback. They slice it horozontally with a slice and then cut the pieces so that they look like a flat raft. Regardless it was delicious. My only complaint was the bacon. They crumble it up and scatter it across the pie so it is hard to get a good bacon taste. That’s okay the rest more than made up for it. Pat rates their pie on a par with Some Guys and a bit above Bazbeaux. I think I would agree with that assessment.
This place was suggested to us by a young lady who worked at The Library. She had worked there and mentioned that the sauce and crusts were house made.
Pat’s pie looked great but I opted for a Stromboli. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
It was a beauty and I really liked the way they dug out the bread for the sausage and sauce. The bread was excellent but the rest of the sandwich was unremarkable. It would appear that they offer two different sausages. The sausage on Pat’s pie was chunky and; according to him; heavy with fennel. My sausage was neither. Little pellets that fill a space well but in this case had little flavor. The sauce had a bit of spice at the end but not much in the beginning. Would get a pizza if there is a next time.
So the verdict is one outstanding pie and one ho hum sandwich. Worth checking out for the pies and the other hot and cold sandwiches they offer. Plus our whole lunch was under $18. I think a hot ham and cheese on that bread would be very good.
I am not sure how we ended up here. I was checking on a joint that Pat mentioned to me and in anticipation of that joint not being open I listed this as an alternative. I guess that was why we ended up here.
It was a very attractive place. High ceilings, chandeliers, even an upstairs. I can see it as a fine dining French Restaurant.
As Pat said the special was fine. The aforementioned special was blackened prime rib Caeser salad. I agree with Pat is was fine. A tasty lunch for 14 bucks. Maybe it was the spirits of the former Haute Cuisine in the atmosphere but I am going to pick some nits. The salad was too lightly dressed for my taste. Salad greens should not be soggy with dressing but I would like to taste the dressing. Also the medium temp was more mid well. That comes from buying a cooked to rare ribeye. I do not agree with that. I think any kitchen with an oven should be able to cook a whole ribeye; or as some folks call it a whole Prime rib. However even if the meat was rare I do not get why they were unable to cook it to medium. I have my suppositions but they are just that, guesses.
Now the age old question. Would I buy it again? Of course. It was still a decent meal. Tasty and filling I just would have prefered a better execution. The fat was crisp which I enjoy and there was a slight spiciness which is always nice.
As a grand finale how about a fancy Manhattan. That makes any meal complete.
This is pretty new. It is in a spot that was home to a couple of other eateries; if sign remnants are an indication. Basically it is a diner. Diner is culinary slang for stuff yourself at a resonable price. One of the draws to this type of joint is that breakfast is available all day and how many times have we wanted breakfast for lunch. Well Pat was that way today.
I was taken by their lunch specials; especially their sloppy Joe sandwich with chips for $6.95. The unique thing about these was they all came with choice of soup or salad. Their soup was loaded potato soup. Creamy potato soup with cheese and bacon sounded great for a chilly day.
It was a very good soup. Not elegant but basic. Hot and comforting, like soup I had as a kid. Expecting a normal size omelet for Pat and sandwich for me we opted for a half order of biscuits and gravy to share.
The biscuit and gravy was pretty good. Very creamy and loaded with sausage. When my sandwich arrived I was rather surprised with the size.
I had expected a standard size bun but I received a huge bun loaded with meat and sauce. I am a big fan of Sloppy Joe and this was one of the better ones I have encountered. It wasn’t as wet as I prefer but definitely worth doing again. We got a lot of food and spent less than 25 bucks, tax included. Also that included the price of coffee and tea. So we had an excellent lunch with super service for a reasonable price. Check it out if you are in the area.
Union Jack Pub is rapidly becoming the Grand Pa of the Ripple. They may not serve a “proper” pizza pie but they serve a tasty one and have good beer on draught. It was a dreary and overcast day so we decided to visit Gramps and have a bite.
I opted for a individual pie. Two toppings for 10 bucks. They give you a lot of pie for $10.
I got my favorite duo for a pizza. Anchovy and black olive. It may sound odd but I really enjoy it and with their big crust format it was wonderful.
The only thing I wish they would do is brush olive oil or garlic butter on the exposed crust. The naked crust is good but a little fat would make it better.
This is a brand new joint. The building has housed 2 other restaurants in the past but this fellow went all out on decorating the place inside and out. He did a splendid job on the decor and it appears his food will be as lovely.
When you eat Greek you need some flaming cheese. And of course what is cheese without wine.
This was such an excellent start to our lunch. I can not think of a better cheese course that I have had. Another plate with some olives thrown in would have made me a meal.
Pat was finally able to get his fave since they use a minimal amount of onion. I usually default for Dolmades but I wanted something more substantial; so I went for moussaka
This joint has me hooked. Their version of Moussaka was great. They also have a good selection of seafood dishes. That is not too common around here.
Even if you know nothing of Greek food this place should still be added to your list. Good cooking is Universal and this joint puts out some good food.
One place closes and another takes its place. Such is the case with this joint. Sobro Cafe; the previous tenant at this location had good food and appeared to be doing well but it could not account for City intervention. I heard where the owner relocated to Bloomington.
Pat and I decided on a meal of appetizers. That way we could taste a bunch of different things. The only flaw in our plan was that the foods were all a variation of a theme. Breaded and fried. All good and expertly prepared just not much variation.
Samosas are mashed potatoes mixed with peas and formed in these rather unusual shapes and dipped in a chickpea batter and fried. They were pretty tasty and the mint and tamarind chutneys they serve with the apps fit nicely.
Considering that the Samosas were battered roasted potatoes the aloo tikki were probably redundant since they were potato pancakes with a similar treatment. However there was a slight difference in the texture. Our next 3 dishes were Pakoras or fritters.
What was interesting about our appetizer buffet was the prevalence of cumin in all of the dishes and how well mint handles it.
I have said it before. I appreciate Indian cooking because they elevate vegetable cooking to the center of the plate and make it the entree. That is why Pat has probably eaten more Indian than I. Vegetarianism runs in his family. I am sure these apps are different than others he has eaten in different joints. India is a big country and their cooking is not monolithic. Different areas different techniques. Look at the USA and BBQ. I was full on my fried medley but I had to get some rice pudding. I love rice pudding.
It was as delicious as the pudding I have had other places. I will be back to try Butter Chicken. They also offer pickles on their menu. Indian pickles aren’t just cukes. They would have been an excellent accompaniment to our fried feast. I just forgot.
The Leviathan is a new joint which opened in September this year, during the pandemic and all of the restaurant closures. That move could be considered either foolhardy or brave. I am leaning toward courage rather than foolishness. Time will tell.
I was torn between the Breakfast sandwich and the roast beef but the Porridge loaf sold me on the Roast Beef Chimichurri. It was a substantial sandwich with a lot going on in it. So much so that I could not fully appreciate the chutney.
As you can tell it is a colorful sandwich. As you might expect the bread was the lead role in this creation. The beef and peppers did their job properly and it was a very good sandwich. I would do it again but next time I will try their breakfast sandwich… a blanket of soft shallot baked eggs, and mild salsa verde has me intrigued.
I very nearly forgot the salad that came as my side. It is a vegan grain salad. It is made with wheat berries and a bunch of healthy things and as a bonus it was pretty good. I could order it again. Check out their website they have a bunch of stuff.
We have been to Franklin before. It is a small college town south of Indy with nice houses and friendly people. Pat suggested this place and we thought we should get there while the weather was still good. They serve breakfast all day and that is appealing to us both.
This day the lunch specials caught our eye. Fried chicken or beef and noodles. Both $8.99 and both came with 2 sides and bread choice.
This is the sort of joint I like to find. A restaurant that does more cooking than assembling. I decided on the beef and noodles with mashes and gravy, beans and a biscuit as well. I know it is carb heavy but they are so good.
The mashed potatoes were very good and the amont of gravy was just right. Some joints drown the taters with gravy. So much you aren’t sure what you are eating . As for the green beans they were soft and had real bacon in them. As you would expect in Middle America.
Like last week my lunch is far from being photogenic. No matter it was good and filling. The beef was shredded and the gravy had a good flavor. The noodles had a good tooth to them and were reminiscent of home made but I don’t think these were. Still they made for an excellent lunch.
So if you ever get down here check out Ann’s. Or if you are bored of places around you and want a drive you know where to come
This place opened in 2013 in Broad Ripple. After a while I guess the parking and the pub crawling clientele got tiresome so they moved to a place with parking. I have been here a few times and really like it. This is Pat’s first time.
I decided on a Picadillo platter. That is a plate of ground beef cooked with olives and raisins served with black beans, rice and a sweet plantain. It is a delicious plate of food however it did not have the amount of olives as I remember. However the beans and rice were as good as I recall.
I really enjoy this place. With the expanded parking hopefully I can get back more often. One quick thought on Pat’s plantain debacle. I think what he had in the past was green plantains or Tostones. What is served here are ripe or sweet plantains. When they are green they have to be beat and cooked twice and turn out like french fries. For dessert I had a cup of Cortadito. That is half milk and half cuban coffee and of course sugar. If you like coffee then you should love their coffee.
I have never had a bad meal here. From their sandwiches in the authentic Cuban bread to their bean soups and sweet pastelitos I really think you will enjoy this little joint.
This is another place we enjoy and thought it would be nice to do a revisit. They have one cook and the owner is tending bar with a friend. Their menu has been pared back considerably because no one knows what the mayor is going to do next. Places were closed right before St. Patricks day so losing all of that inventory was definitely a big hit and he is not eager to do that again.
Since Pat decided on a cow burger I opted for a turkey burger. Theirs is pretty popular so I thought it worth a try.
It was pretty good. Of course I don’t know that you can taste the difference once the meat is ground up and it is seared on the flat top but maybe my arteries can. In either event I would do it again.
Since we were here the mayor has decided to let taverns and restaurants seat 50% indoor occupancy and 100% outdoor. You still must close at midnight and I think bar seating is still a no no. Full outdoor seating just in time for Fall.
Yep we were definitely out of our bailiwick this time. Pat was so insistant I figured they had to have something to offer. What I found was an overpriced Steak and Shake without the ambiance. Pat’s single was over 7 bucks and my double burger was more than $8. They do give you a bunch of fries for $3.69 but they were tepid and had an old oil taste to them. Their primary hook is they offer sauteed mushroom and onions as free toppings but that wouldn’t be enough to entice me back.
So in summation I don’t see anything worth going back for. I probably should try another location to satisfy my curiosity but I don’t know that I am that curious.
Since we hve been back we have done mostly revisits. Part of the reason is the food industry here is still in flux with all of the Government second guessing. Another reason is we like to do a welfare check on some of our more favorite joints. When it comes to favorites the Red Key ranks right up there.
I know the trend in bars is craft beers and the whole gastropub scene but the Red Key is a comfortable joint with beer and liquor and just a few food offerings. https://www.redkeytavern.com/
I decided on a cheese burger. A simple patty fully cooked on a griddle with some onion and pickle.
I appreciated a good burger cooked medium rare but I also like a drug store burger cooked to one temperature. Fully cooked.
So if you haven’t been to the Key you should ask yourself why. It’s a nice and relaxing atmosphere with very good cheese burgers and they only take cash. However on Wednesday the drink special is a $4.75 Manhattan. Now that is a good deal.
Mug n Bun is an old time drive in. Complete with eating in your car and “carhops”. They also give you an indoor option with an enclosed dining room in a separate building. Take a seat, order you food and your server radios in to the kitchen and in a short time your meal is brought out to you. To me drive ins are as much about memory as it is about the food. The food is what you would expect, tasty and oh so cheap. That is why I usually order two sandwiches, to enjoy the diversity of the menu.
I usually order a BBQ sandwich. A large portion of pulled pork on a big bun. The Mug n Bun version sells for $3.70. This reminds me of all of the drive in theaters I visited as a teen. Good food as well as memories. I also ordered a coney dog with house made sauce. I didn’t publish that picture because all of the food is wrapped for its trip and coney dogs don’t travel well in deli wrap. It was a good dog and the sauce was pretty good it just wasn’t too photogenic.
What I couldn’t understand was the piece of toast serparating the beef patties. Do they usually have a middle bun and ran out or do they consider the toast as a quirky signature for their double burgers. Proably should have asked. Regardless I think this is a must visit. Whether you have memories of drive ins or not you should go because no one knows how they will be around
Barringer’s Tavern opened in 1879 and I believe it has been some sort of business continuously. During Prohibition it sold ice cream, candy, lunch and dinner. Legend has it they sold more than food from a window in back. Their signature foods were turtle soup, with the turtles being raised in a pond out back. Also pig’s feet; in 1947 they sold over 97000 feet. I am not sure why they say they were re-established in 2019 because I think Pat and I ate here before we started writting about it. It isn’t a fancy place but it is airy and comfortable. They are hardly a Gastropub but the food they serve is good, and the prices are resaonable.
They had a meatloaf special that came with mashed potatoes and mac & cheese. That was too much starch for me, but what I did order was even more heart unhealthy. A Last Chance hot dog. That was a 1/4 pound beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and fried. It came with sweet relish and Sirachi sour cream. I should have stood pat with that just 86 the crema and sub mustard. However for an extra buck I could get it covered with chili. Why not.
It wasn’t the most photogenic lunch but the dog was really good. The chili was so so and looked as if it had been hanging out on a steam table too long. I would do it again with relish and mustard. It was only $5.69 plus a buck. Pat’s fish was $8.29 so eating here won’t hurt your pocket book. I drove yesterday so I know the short cuts that only a local can provide so I will be back. I want to try the fish and chips and add some coleslaw.
The first District Tap opened up on 82nd street and then last year they had the opportunity to open downtown and I think it will be a good fit. We have not been to the first one so the whole experience was new to us. They have a very nice menu with several side options. Not just fries or tots. That is nice to see.
I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to eat but I was pretty sure it wasn’t a sandwich. Then I noticed that they offer 2 wood fired pizzas on the appetizer menu. A Margherita or a sausage and pepperoni both $11 but on Wednesdays they were discounted a buck. Well the one thing better than pizza is a pizza on sale. I decided on a sausage and pepperoni pie. I also thought I needed some salad to precede it so I opted for a side Caesar for $5.
I was expecting a small “side” salad not this larger entree size bowl of romaine and dressing. It was a very good salad and an excellent bargain. I was even more amazed when my appetizer flatbread pizza arrived.
This pie was easily 12 inches. Big enough to be an app for a four top at least. Now only was it big it was good. Thin crust, tasty sauce and some wonderful anise loaded sausage from Gordon Food Service. Great pie and it too was a great bargain. I only have good things to say about this joint. Food was very good and so was the service. You guys should be proud of the job you are doing especially in the times we are in. Thanks.
Johnson’s BBQ started out as a food truck. Then they opened a shack in Bargersville Indiana. We tried them as a food truck on the Northside of Indianapolis. Now they are serving up Q in the old Jonathan Byrd building. Well a piece of it as the building is huge.
I definitely wanted to try their brisket. Several joints sell good pulled pork. Basically the difference between them is the amount of exposure to the smoker, but brisket is still elusive.
The brisket that is sold here is excellent. Tender and moist and all the smokiness you would want and it was only 10 bucks. I can spend more than that for a burger at several joints. I also like that it is sliced. Some joints “chop” their brisket and call it a day. Chopping the point is one thing but the flat really should be sliced. At least for me.
So overall I think this joint is definitely a keeper. The growth of this brand is indicative of the product they sell. This location is in the process of getting a liquor license so folks can get a beer here and not go somewhere else after eating. I mean beer and Q go hand in hand don’t they?
Pat and I have been here a few times. The last time was just 6 months ago. I am not sure what the urge was to go back so soon except for the beer and some really good burgers.
I wanted one of their burgers. They are really good just a little bit pricey. Even downtown. I got their “regular” burger for $11.95. Now they serve them as two patties each with a slice of cheese and a normal cold set. I got a bacon topper which probably cost a couple of bucks and like Pat’s sandwich you get a choice of fries or tots. I opted for fries and they actually served a modest portion.
They have gone from a single 1/2 pound patty to 2 1/4 pounders. I think I like them better that way. More charred surface flavor and more cheese. The bun is nicely textured but they do get a bit aggresive in the toasting but I like it that way.
So we liked the joint 2 months ago and we like it now and it is big enough for social distancing.
I try to meet my friend Joey for at lunch at least once a year. If it is a great year I also get together with her whole family for brunch. Well this year we were actually able to meet for lunch. Of course we could meet more often if it weren’t for that pesky job of hers. Any way we met at Biscuits in Broad Ripple. It has a huge menu featuring both Mexican and American foods. We both opted for ala carte from their Mexican menu.
We each ordered 2 Al Pastor tacos. They were excellent tacos. Full of meat and flavor with small cubes of pineapple tossed in. They were 3 bucks each and I could eat these all day. I also got a side of their mole but the tacos didn’t really need any embellishment.
The mole may have been a bit sweet but it did have a nice depth and a touch of heat on the back end. Turned out to be a good accompaniment to my tamales.
We also wanted to try their tamales. Two for me and one for her. All they had left were chicken and they were very different to what I am used to. I don’t think I have ever had a tamale that did not come with the filling dressed in a chile sauce. These had naked pulled chicken and were covered with queso. I like cheese sauce but I would prefer a chile in with the meat. These were a bit bland.
I did not like these nearly as much as the tacos. I think Joey though the same since she ate one or 2 bites and left it. She ate both her tacos and remarked how good they were.
Pat and I reviewed this joint some time ago and tried the Americn menu and liked it so now I know the Mexican menu is done equally as well. As in most cases it isn’t always about the food often it is about the company, Thanks for meeting me for lunch Joey. I just wish it could be more often. You do too much young lady. Take the time for some afternoon tacos and cerveza.
This is our first visit to this particular outlet but we know enough about the Upland brand to know we would get some good food. They have a comprehensive menu that should interest any appetite. https://uplandbeer.com/fountain-square/
Pat went in all in on the carbs when he ordered Mac & Cheese. A huge bowl of Cavatappi loaded with cheese for $14
My decision was made as soon as Pat told me they offered Bone Marrow. I really enjoy bone marrow but it is very hard to find. I can’t even find it fresh to make at home. So I was pretty excited.
I thought their presentation was spot on. Traditionally marrow is served with a parsley salad . They served theirs with an arugula salad. They also topped the bones with a “toasted almond relish” which didn’t really excite me that much. However what did was the addition of some beatifully pickled slices of a Fresno or Pepadew chile.
They also added some cherry tomato halves which brightened the whole plate up. Overall it was very nicely done. There seemed to have been a slight delay between heating and serving the marrow bones as the marrow was stubborn to get out. Hardly a deal killer as I will definitely get it again. Since my plate was considered an appetizer I was still a bit hungry so I ordered some dessert. A fried apple hand pie for 7 bucks.
Pat and I shared the slice and it was delicious. Fried crust with apples and cinnamon all on a puddle of caramel and topped with ice cream. What more could you want? It also went well with my choice of Champagne Velvet, which was their featured beer for the day so it only cost $4 per pint. I can’t think of a more pleasing lunch. The food, the beverage and the atmosphere were all great.
Pat and I went to this place a few years ago for lunch. This day we decided on breakfast. This converted gas station has grown quite popular for brunch. Every time I drive by on Saturday or Sunday there is always a line. They have 3 outdoor eating areas so they should be okay regardless of what the Mayor decides.
Pat’s breakfast was called Mama’s and came with 2 eggs, potatoes or grits, biscuit or toast and choice of meat for $6.99 to $8.99 depending on the meat. I chose the same plate with toast, over easy eggs and grits.
Everything was done well. Yolky eggs and grits are the reason I carry a Bottle of Crystal hot sauce with me. It turns good into great. I think this is a great place for a morning meal. Good prices and good quality plus you can good a Mimosa to go with your bacon and grits. Just in case you want to reduce the caffeine in your diet.
Downtown Ollie’s is one of our favorites places to visit. Pat and Fran are frequent breakfast visitors. Up until this year I would go to my gym downtown on my Birthday and come here for a breakfast of biscuits and gravy and a Bloody Mary. A couple of years ago the ownership changed and as far as I can tell the only thing that has changed is the decor. Ollie’s had a perpetual Christmas theme going on with twinkle lights. The lights are gone and overall the decor is a bit more “grown up”.
It is a shame that Pat’s lunch was sub par but as he said they have a bunch of other stuff that is not. As for me I opted for their Sloppy Joe sandwich with tater tots. The same thing I had when I first visited here.
It was just as good as I remember it. On an intersesting side note the sandwich is about $1 more and the portion is smaller. That is fine because they served a whole bunch of food before and now the portions are more reasonable.
So we will be probably be doing some revisits until things get sorted out. It is OK to get out and have a meal away from home. So do it.