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Bbi Cafe & Sandwich Bar 4825 Oakbrook Drive.

This is a charming little place on the North side in the vicinity of 59th and Georgetown road. It has been around for 15 years, the current husband and wife team that own the place bought it in 2012. They serve a basic menu of sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch and the usual eggs, pancakes and biscuits and gravy for breakfast. It’s not sexy or “cutting edge” they just offer good cooking at a reasonable price.

The menu is written on a large chalk board behind the counter where you order. They also offer specials. Their special for Wednesday was a blackened rib eye steak sandwich with grilled onions on a ciabatta style roll, the same as Pat’s cheese burger.

My steak was nicely done. It had a slight heat from the Cajun spices and a creamy chipotle mayo. The tender meat was an excellent foil to the chew of the bread. I would not hesitate ordering it again. As my side I picked a pasta salad. It had a vinaigrette dressing that didn’t overpower any of the other ingredients, but I think I would have liked a bit more of it.

Our total tab was $18.50 so it is reasonably priced and the food is more than reasonably tasty. Actually it is close enough me that I can try their breakfast. I am always on the look out for good biscuits and gravy.

Bbi Café & Sandwich Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Robby’s Pub 1345 West Southport Road

Pat suggested this place because he and Fran ate breakfast there on Saturday and he was quite impressed with his omelet. The menu is comprised of  typical tavern fare with daily specials thrown in to liven things up. It is a large joint with a huge bar. It is definitely built for crowds and the employees are super friendly. As soon as we set down our bar tender introduced herself. She also introduced us to the other server and the owner. Very friendly people. As we were talking to the owner I asked her about their fried chicken liver appetizer. I love chicken livers but I recently learned there is an IQF product that some joints use. I am not ready for those. She assured me that they were indeed done in-house. So as I was scanning the menu for something to add with them the owner told me she had put an order of livers for me. How nice.

They were delicious. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside with a nice seasoned breading. A great snack later on with a bit of Dijon mustard.

Pat’s special came with a side salad. I was pleased to learn that with a sandwich you get a choice of several side options and salad was one. Without a upcharge

I really had no idea what I wanted to eat. I decided on a blackened chicken sandwich. The chicken is grilled or breaded. They blacken it by adding a Cajun seasoning to it and grilling it. Not traditional but it can be tasty if done well;and this was done well.

It was a huge single lobe breast that was probably 8 ounces. It had a nice spicy exterior and a moist interior. Something I like to have with a chicken breast yet seldom get in most preparations. I was only able to eat half of it.

Also this joint is noted for the beer specials. Wednesday was $1 Coors bottles. I am not a huge fan of the Silver Bullet but  it was really cold and only a buck, and it hit the spot. Both the Bullet and baked spaghetti special happen only on Wednesday. The special was $6.95. My chicken sandwich was $7.25, and happens everyday.

I want to thank both Liz, our server and Jerry, Robby’s owner for their graciousness. They both made our day.

Robby's Pub Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Fire by the Monon 6523 Ferguson

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This place has been around a few years. Located North of the Canal in Broad Ripple it doesn’t get the attention joints farther South receive. It also doesn’t have the traffic and noise some of those other places get. It is a pleasant old building with very nice outdoor seating. However with the weather we have had dining out doors was not an option.

I think I have passed this place up because the menu was;for the most part; a bit typical of so many other taverns. The reason I reconsidered was a food blog I read that praised their Grueben sandwich. That would be  flash fried grouper on grilled rye bread with Swiss, slaw and Russian dressing. In other words a Ruben sub fish. As it turned out I didn’t even order that.

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I didn’t order either the dirty Mac and Cheese or the almost famous Fish Tacos. I did order their Blacken Mahi, with side choice for $9.95.

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The fish was a very nice piece. The spice level was low so I really didn’t get the “Cajun” effect but it was flavorful. The fish was a bit overcooked, but with such a firm piece of fish it wasn’t a deal breaker. The onion rings were plentiful and tasty. However the batter was pretty salty for my tastes. Of course I did manage to finish them so I guess they weren’t TOO salty. I think I would order it again just with a different side. The rings were really filling.

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The size of the fish on Pat’s plate reminding me of another place we went to. They offered big chunky pieces and the batter was so thick it didn’t crisp up all the way through and the fish was “steamed”. That wasn’t the case here but the batter was as salty as my onion rings. Also I was able to taste a piece of the cod and I though it was very well done.

I also tried one of the $4 beers. That particular “flavor” of Upland I have wanted to try for a while and this was my first opportunity. I found it to be a very crisp and refreshing beer; perfect for the days of August. I can see my self coming back here. Sitting outside having a beer and a Grouper sandwich. It doesn’t overlook the Canal and it doesn’t have the people watching available South but it looks comfy and shady,and they have a good Draft menu.

Fire by the Monon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Bourbon Street Distillery 361 Indiana Avenue.

I wanted to come here so I could sit out side. Today was a pleasant and bright day, without the oppressive humidity ,usually associated with a Hoosier July. Pat said we already ate here, pre blog days. I don’t think so.

Even though they have Distillery in their name they don’t distill any alcohol. They do have a decent cold beer selection and some good food. They aren’t heavy with Cajun fare, as the name would imply. They do offer a nice selection of smoked meats, crawfish etouffee,oysters,catfish and a sprinkling of blackened dishes. Pat has been her more than a few times, so he knew the menu pretty well. They did have 2 new offerings. A French Dip and a house smoked brisket sandwich. Their sandwiches come with a small side of slaw and fries or home-made chips. He opted for the Dip, with chips for $8.50. He also tried a cup of Lobster Bisque for $4,25.

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I don’t think the angle of Pat’s picture did the presentation of his French Dip justice. The amount of chips was huge. And they were very well made. They buy them already cut and fry and season them in-house. Good seasoning and great execution.

Blackened Trout with Etouffee and hush puppies

Blackened Trout with Etouffee and hush puppies

The Blackened Trout was a lunch special. It came with etouffee, slaw and garlic toast for $8.50. The puppies were an add on for $1.25. The fish was very good. I found their blackening interesting. Different to what I am used to. But in fairness most of my blackened meals have been made with my own spice blend. Not better or worse, just different. This spice mix was light on the front end and little stronger in the middle and with a nice finish. Not at all excessively hot. It fit well with the fish. The etouffee was good as well. Abundant, which is good because a measly cup of etouffee is just a taste. The slaw was so so, but it did bring a nice texture to the party. One thing I am not happy with is my picture. I should have had the idea of rotating my plate so as to good a good shot of the fish. A blackened piece of fish is beautiful. Dark and glistening with a slight sheen from the oil or butter.

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They also have a list of Po’ Boys. Now that is next on my list a Blackened Catfish Po’ boy. Seriously I can’t think of any reason not to go there. Good food, good pricing and good service and a nice out-door seating area and an upstairs balcony. What more can you ask for.

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Jockamo Fee Na’ Ne’….

PIZZA….. I just love pizza. This week Pat and I decided we needed to try Jockamo‘s Pizza. They have at least two locations. One on Washington Street in Irvington and one in Greenwood. We decided on the one in Greenwood because that fit in to our beer drinking plans for later. This location is huge. Nicely appointed and decorated and they even have a cute little beer and wine bar nestled in the back corner. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by a hostess and what apparently is their monkey mascot.

202-001When you first see the little fella you can help but grin. After all, who doesn’t like monkeys. But after editing the picture , the sucker could be a mite scary. But monkeys are all cute even the scary ones. They have a full menu. Big salads, little salads, sandwiches and daily lunch specials. Which are five dollars for a slice of pizza of the day, a small salad and a soft drink. That seems like a bargain. But Pat and I wanted PIZZA. They offer a 10 inch pie for $6.85. They also have an extensive list of toppings. From the traditional to the not so traditional. Such as chorizo sausage from Smokin’ Goose Meatery to Cajun sausage from a joint in New Orleans. In addition to the common cheese offerings they also have less common. Feta,smoked Gouda and Gorgonzola. Now I like all forms of blue cheese, but I don’t dig melted bleu cheese; it has a metallic aftertaste to me. The verdict was unanimous. They offer a fine ass pizza pie. The crust is thin and slightly crispy and the sauce is slightly chunky, which gives it more mouth appeal. The toppings are nicely portioned and the pricing is more than fair. Two 10 inch pies with two toppings each totaled less than $18. Now what do you need a chain for when you can get a pizza like this at a mom and pops? And as you can see their pies are quite photogenic.

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B’s Po Boy 1261 South Shelby

To anyone who has been to New Orleans, you know that the ubiquitous Po’ Boy is the quintessential handheld treat from the city noted for its food. In Indianapolis, you will find an authentic example at B’s Po Boy in Fountain Square. It is located on Shelby Street across the street from the Fountain Square Brewery; which is quite convenient. They buy their bread direct from Leidenheimer, a New Orleans bakery, and it is the real deal.A little crisp on the outside and a little chewy on the inside, a nearly perfect bite. Some of their filling options are not typical of what you would find in Louisiana. They offer barbecue pulled pork, chipped roast beef (which they cook off themselves), sliced ham (which they don’t cook themselves) and homemade chicken salad with a dressing of mayo and Creole mustard. They also offer the usual suspects; andouille sausage, fried shrimp, barbecue shrimp and fried oysters.

I ordered a half andouille sausage and a half oyster. Pat ordered a half ham and we both shared an order of sweet potato fries.The andouille sausage was really quite good, good spice background without being overwhelming. What I couldn’t figure out was the fact they get it from Ireland. I never met a Cajun leprechaun before, but hey, this is an international economy. But as good as the sausage was my hands-down favorite were the oysters. They buy fresh select , lightly bread them and perfectly fry them. On the other hand, Patrick’s ham was merely okay. It was just a good deli style ham.The sweet potato fries, although a “store-bought” product, they were top-notch shoestring cut taters.They dress their sandwiches with shredded lettuce, tomato, pickle and mayonnaise. But obviously you can eliminate anything you want. They also offer red beans and rice and chicken, sausage gumbo; as both a side $3.50 or as an entrée for nine dollars and $10. Their sandwiches are priced at six dollars for a half and nine dollars for a whole. It seems more than reasonable, because they don’t seem to skimp on the portions. And if salad is your thing , they also offer three entrée salads. I’ve no idea how big they are but they seem to come loaded with stuff.They also offer scratch made beignets. If you are not hip to beignets just think Hoosier fried biscuits, only lighter.

As for refreshments. They offer both bottled and draft beers. And since they are right across the street from the Fountain Square brewery what would be better to wash down andouille sausage and fried oysters, then a cold pint of Hop For Teacher;I think the name says it all.I know this would hardly qualify as a heart healthy lunch; but if I have but one life to live let me live a sated one.<a
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New Orleans on the Avenue

Located on Indiana Avenue;across the street from the Madame Walker Theater a new joint opened up just before the Super Bowl.It is where Zing and some other place were situated;I can’t remember the name;but from what I gather neither are greatly missed.Pat and I first went there for beers after eating at Duos.That’s our modus operandi;we check a place out while having a beer ;check out the menu and put it on the list.

The place is a large two-story building with its own parking lot.The down stairs dining area is either used for dinner or overflow;because when you enter you are directed up stairs.The down stairs area is dark and cozy,while the upstairs is spacious with wall to wall windows and a super great balcony.As you can imagine they offer Creole and Cajun food;gumbo,jambalaya ettouffe and the notorious Po’Boy sandwich; the whole delta experience.They offer you a choice of fries with the sandwiches;unseasoned,or spicy.Pat got a grilled chicken Po’Boy with plain,naked unseasoned fries.Angel our excellent server said the spicy tasted like Rally’s;and I think their fries rock.Pat’s fries were crinkle cut,which is always a pleasant surprise.His chicken was both tender and moist and somewhere in the $10 range.

I,on the other hand wanted to be a little more adventuresome;and ordered the New Orleans plate ( I think that was what it was called ) no matter, it came with a garden salad or potato salad,a cup of jam,beans and rice a cup of corn and crab chowder,and 2 pieces of catfish all for $15.The tater salad was of the mashed variety as opposed to cubed again one of my favorite versions.The jambalaya had an excellent flavor with bits of sausage and shrimps.That was the only thing I could fault it on,a steam table cooks all the while it is on and little shrimp become tough when over cooked;as was the case here.The beans and rice were nice and creamy but I prefer bigger hunks of sausage;but that’s me.The chowder was smooth, creamy and slightly sweet from the crab and corn,pretty good.My biggest surprise was the catfish;I ordered it blackened,so naturally I expected it to be done in a cast iron skillet;but it wasn’t.It was seasoned with spices and then char grilled.Don’t get me wrong it was perfectly grilled,Pat even liked it;and as a general rule he likes his fish battered and fried.I just had “my mouth set ” for the cast iron experience.So if you want something a little different for lunch you really ought to give the Avenue a try.New Orleans on the Avenue on Urbanspoon