Well another tavern. From what I was told by the bartender we had last week this is a joint that scratch makes 90 % of their food. They have 2 locations. This one and one up north on Pendleton Pike.
This spot is clean and nicely done up and offers 25 lunch specials every day for $7.95. They are the same every day so the kitchen doesn’t have to do something new every day. Also for the most part they are regular menu items at a reduced price.
Pat gave me a piece of his tenderloin and it was well seasoned and the meat had a great texture; but it had that unmistakable after taste of old oil in the deep fryer. That is a shame.
When I order I try to get something that I wouldn’t do at home. Because of the time it takes or the mess it would make. In this case it would have been the battered and fried cod sandwich. However I mis-heard Pat and I thought that was what he ordered so I went for the Sloppy Joe with fries.
I have a fondness for Sloppy Joe sandwiches. I know they are hardly a challenging dish but I do enjoy them. What I got yesterday was very good. I can’t say that it did or did not come from a can because I have never knowingly had that canned sauce. I make it from scratch, that is just how I am wired. The only bad thing I can say about my lunch was the fries. They had that same after taste as Pat’s tenderloin.
I am with Pat. I would like to try their $9 steak special but it is too far for me to drive. Overall it was a good lunch but it could have been better.
We just love new Breweries. We especially love the ones open for lunch. Quite a few don’t open until 4:00 PM. This particular one has been opened for a while but I didn’t discover it until recently. It is quite the drive; 27 miles from me and 20 miles from Pat’s. Even with a map we still got lost.
Now what would be a trip to a new brewery without a flight of beers.
We opted for the flight of 8 for $10. I think only 6 of the beers offered are brewed at Hoosiers, the remaining two were guests. I was not sure which beer was which I just drank ’em. I think they may want to find a way to name the brews for the patrons without relying on the memory of the server. At least they may want to have a beer list.
They have a nice sized menu; featuring the usual stuff and a few “surprises”.
I was intrigued by cod for the fish and chips and the tenderloin. Both are smoked then battered and fried for service. Pat wasn’t too sure about cold smoked cod so he opted for a tenderloin sandwich for $9.99.
In addition to a sandwich they a General Tso’s Tenderloin in a bowl. That would be a bowl of rice topped with Red Flyer battered tenderloin bites with Tso sauce and green onion. Sounded good and it was.
I enjoyed the slight smokiness of the meat and the batter was a pleasant alternative to a more conventional breading. Their Tso sauce tasted a lot like Mae Ploy; a sweet Thai chile sauce. That was fine I like Mae Ploy. I usually keep a bottle on hand at home. I would have liked some sauce between the rice and meat as well as on top; or at least some soy available. Over all a pretty good lunch for $8.49.
So these guys brew some pretty good beer. A nice stout? As well as one with a coconut flavor to it. They seem to have a nice balance of hop and malt in their selections. As for the food they offer a smoked ribeye steak dinner for $19.99 in addition to a respectable lunch menu. That may be the reason for a return trip.
This week is Burger Week in Indy. Several restaurants have agreed to offer select burgers for $5 with a part of the proceeds going to Second Harvest Food Bank. The trouble is we have already been to the Independent joints that are participating. I did find one we haven’t been to that is local and that offered a relatively simple burger. Naturally when we got there Pat decided on a fish sandwich.
This Grill offers 3 fish. Cod, Faroe Island Salmon and Mahi. You have a choice of how your fish is prepared. Battered and fried, blackened or grilled. A burger is no competition for Faroe Salmon so I ordered blackened Salmon. For sides you can get your typical fries,chips and slaw they also offer an Andouille sausage potato cake.
Well the both of the fish portions were small; 4 to 5 ounces. The mini hoagie roll was cute but my potato cake side was bigger than my fish. As far as taste goes it was pretty underwhelming. My fish was pretty to look at but was bland; even with Blackening spice. Salmon is a robust fish and should have a taste to match. As for the potato cake it was pretty boring as well. A “mushy” texture with no discernible evidence of sausage in it. I guess the corn relish on top was supposed to offer taste and crunch.
There is a pretty common saying in the Restaurant biz. “People eat with their eyes” That is just an admonition to make every plate attractive. Well the dining may start with the eyes but eventually the customers will open their mouths. Make sure the statement your food makes is something you want to say.
So Pat’s Cod was $9 and my Salmon was $10. Craft drafts are $6; in other words typical Castleton prices. There are better joints to eat even up in this area.