In our search for another old-time bar I thought of the Legion. The Robert E. Kennington Post (#34) has been located in Broad Ripple for years. Well it has moved to the former site of Just Judy’s;on 54th Street.
I read a review for it on Zomato and that was how I discovered that it had moved and they offer a lunch buffet. The buffet is both modest in price and scope. They also offer their regular menu if the current buffet selections don’t float your boat.
As I said the buffet is a modest one. It is a one man show and I think the one man, Pete did a solid job of it. We got there about 11:15 so he wasn’t quite ready. He doesn’t want the food sitting in the chaffing dishes any longer than necessary. Any steam table like apparatus,while keeping the product warm, also dries it out.
Baked beans and mac and cheese.
Chicken and noodles and brisket with BBQ sauce.
Okay. Here comes the “narrative”. The beans were nice and sweet, the way I like them. The mac and cheese was ok. Neither the best or the worse I have had. Keep in mind that mac and cheese is a very tough dish to keep on a buffet. It requires a lot of attention and maintenance. The chicken was tasty but the meat was all shredded,not too many chunks. As for the noodles (dumplings?) they were flat with a nice mouth feel and chew to them. They reminded me of the noodles my mom made so I liked them. Other folks might expect something with more fluff. The brisket was very tender and for the most part moist. Halfway through our service Pete brought us out some hot rolls and butter. These were really good. A slightly crusty exterior and a fluffy interior. He also serves cookies on the buffet. Today it was chocolate chip. If there is anything better than chocolate chip cookies hot out of the oven I would be hard pressed to say what it was. Overall I was pleased with our lunch choice. The addition of a soup to the daily offering would definitely add to the overall buffet. The buffet is served every week day and changes daily. The cost is $7.50 and sure you can find bigger but I don’t think you can find any friendlier.
Well the Garfield Inn is gone, no more, kaput. In its place is an eatery/coffee shop. The new owners have done a major remodel of the old tavern. From a well-worn bar to a cozy little parlor with bright walls and comfortable seating.
The old bar is still in use and behind the bar where there once were bottles of booze now sets an impressive array of coffee machines and the various supplies necessary for today’s coffee service. You order at the bar and they bring your food out to you. By the register they have big jars with cookies for $1.25 each, as well as other confections. The cookies we tried were pretty good. Mine was a chocolate chip that had a bunch of other stuff in there,like coconut and raisins. As you can see the menu is rather small and they don’t offer hamburgers. Although they did have one as a special, with fries.
Pat ordered a breaded tenderloin, with fries for $7.95
I ordered the special. Pasta Bolognese ( $7.45 ) and a cup soup ( German Sausage ) for $3.25. Unfortunately it was very bland. It was a brothy soup with potato, red beans, onion and potato as well as sausage and cabbage. First thing the amount of sausage was rather small, as was the rest of the ingredients. The idea sounded fine. The execution was way off.
As for the pasta, to me it didn’t fare much better than the soup. A Bolognese is a classic. It is characterized by the use of chopped onion, carrot and celery (a mirepoix). I think what makes it a classic is the melding of the veggies with a red sauce and the reduction of beef stock and wine in the sauce. Not to mention the judicious use of nutmeg and milk or cream at the finish. What I was served was a multi colored rotini covered with a hamburger and tomato sauce with a definitely tart and tangy after taste. So guys lunch didn’t go over real big with me.
I think their idea of a coffee shop is very viable for this area. They offer free WiFi and all the espresso and latte stuff that made Starbucks rich. And even though I am no longer able to drink coffee I can still appreciate the idea of a good coffee shop. And the prices appear to be more than fair. So hopefully they’ll get the wrinkles worked out. Maybe breakfast is their forte. They scratch make the biscuits and gravy and on week ends they serve breakfast all day long. If I lived closer I’d try breakfast. I would pass on the pasta though.