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Soul Bear Bar-B-Que 9120 Crawfordsville Rd. Clermont In.

We heard about this place when we had lunch at Jimbo’s, which is about a quarter-mile away. They don’t have a very big electronic foot print but I was able to find out enough to make me decide it was worth the drive. It is a basic BBQ joint with a basic menu. In addition to the usual pig and chicken they also sell fried fish.

Pat and I decided to share a full slab of ribs. A slab comes with 2 sides. Pat opted for greens while I decided on mac and cheese. Since we ate the same thing I only took 2 pictures. Unfortunately I screwed one up, so I can only show the one.

The pile of bones was huge. So big that we were able to eat our fill and have some left to take home.

I thought the ribs were pretty good. They had a good smokiness and while not falling off the bone they were still tender and juicy. I think they rank in the top 5 ribs I have had in the city. Their BBQ Sauce was excellent. We got medium and it had a bit of spice to it. They ladle sauce over the ribs just before service giving a nice puddle in the bottom to dip your bread in. The sides were rather small but with the pile of meat you get the sides are really secondary. I couldn’t make any comparison between this joint and Jimbo’s because Bear doesn’t do brisket. I can compare mac and cheese though and I liked Bears a bit more. It had a more “natural” cheese flavor.

It is a drive but I can see myself going back for the rib tips. Clermont is really a nice little town. It sits in the shadow of its more famous neighbor Speedway but it is doing pretty well on its own. Two BBQ joints, a coffee shop and a great little bar all within a half mile. It is large enough to support local business and still small enough to avoid the Starbucks encroachment. I think is a town with a future.


Big City Grill and Lemonade 23 E. 38th Street

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This joint opened 7 years ago. I remember getting some carry out from here when it was newly opened. It doesn’t seem that long ago. The food was pretty good but I basically forgot about it. It is a shame I never remembered it until now. The place has some pretty good reviews. Some folks say the area is sketchy. I say it is a high traffic area and it’s no more “sketchy” than a lot of other areas.

Their main bag is Philly style sandwiches and top-notch lemonade drinks. The have a pretty good menu with fried fish, and wings as well as sandwiches.

http://www.bigcitygrilllemonade.com/

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The mushrooms were strictly prefabbed econ frozen fare for $2.99. Not worth trying again. Their main bag are the sandwiches. I got a Philly combo for $8.99, the same as Pat’s. My lemonade was a cherry.

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The sandwich was outstanding. Their version of a “Philly” is shredded steak with peppers,onions and mushrooms with provolone cheese. The individual ingredients were well-balanced and the seasoning was well done.

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I was very impressed with the sandwich and the overall operation of their joint. They have fish that they bread in-house as well as chargrilled burgers and Gyros. The lemonade may be the hook,it is that good,but the sandwiches will make you come back.

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This is the flavors they add to the lemonade. They start out with a slushy lemonade and add the flavor, shake it up and there you go.

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This is a partial shot of their kitchen. On the far left end is a spit for the meat for the pita, I couldn’t get a shot because people were working. I thought the owner was nice enough to allow me to take the shot I got. So if you want a very good sandwich with an excellent lemonade slushy without paying  SoBro prices try a trip to the “hood”.

Big City Grill & Lemonade Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort Restaurant 5539 E. Washington St.

Anyone familiar with the Indy food truck scene is aware of Chef Dan. They have served their food out of a little yellow truck since 2011. Their decision to go the brick and mortar route is a big move for them and Indy. Now everyone knows exactly where to go to get their Delta food itch scratched.

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As you can see the menu covers the Mississippi and Louisiana food culture pretty well. You order at a counter and the food is brought to you when it is done. We ordered an appetizer and dessert when we ordered our main meals. We wanted to try as much as we could. Without going crazy. We started with Boudin balls.

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Without getting into the weeds on explanation Boudin is a blood sausage with rice. A piece is removed from the casing, breaded and deep-fried. These were pretty good. As expected it had a nice smooth texture with that welcome coppery flavor you find in cooked blood or organ dishes. They were served with a mayo based dipping sauce. The sauce was so-so and I found it too thick to actually dip the sausage in. But actually I think the balls can stand on their own without the need for a sauce.

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I took a of Pat’s chicken breast and I agree it was indeed exceptional. I opted for a catfish dinner so I could get 2 sides.chef dan 026The presentation of the fish is very down home. By cutting the fish and bread in half I was able to have 2 sandwiches. Which is a pretty good deal. The fish was nicely breaded and nicely fried. Nothing to make it unique but it was tasty . I ordered greens and beans and rice as my sides. As Pat said the greens were indeed spot on. They use smoked turkey when they cook down the greens so I guess it could pass for a healthy dish. The red beans were nicely done as well they didn’t have much rice in them though and no sausage. The last part enables them to say that they are vegan.

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As for our dessert, beignets they were pretty good. Although I thought they were more dense than I have had before.

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So there you have it. Chef Dan’s and his Southern comfort food. A nice little joint that is well worth a visit. I plan on going back to try something from the Louisiana side of the menu. And some pie, and or pudding.

 

 

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Grub House 1953 N. College Ave.

Well all good things must come to an end. For the last several weeks we have had a pretty good run with some pretty good eats. Today I made a solo trip to The Grub House, a joint I heard about just a few days ago. I can’t say the food was terrible,nor can I say the food was wonderful. Neither really bad. Neither really good. What is left. Mediocre. Sorry guys but the food just didn’t grab me.

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The place is neat as a pin, attractive and with a great mural on the wall. I am afraid this picture doesn’t do it justice. My little orphan Nikon broke last week and I am not sure he can be saved. So I had to use my phone. The phone with the camera that hates me. Notice how the smoke from the stack wafts up to the vent on the bulk head. Brilliant.

It appears as though they don’t do much creative cooking. The menu is heavy on fried food. I have no issue with that. People dig it, and it sells. The “issue” I have is it appears to be all IQF stuff pulled from the freezer and dropped in a fryer.

You order at a counter and they bring you the food. I ordered biscuits and gravy and a Jimmy Burger. Don’t laugh at me. They serve breakfast all day and I wanted to sample their biscuits and gravy.

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What can I say. The biscuits were from a can and the gravy was bland. I ate it all. As I said, it wasn’t terrible food it just wasn’t really good food. It was only 3 bucks.

I also ordered a Jimmy burger. That is an all beef patty with grilled onion,cheese, lettuce tomato and pickle and a Grub House sauce. And that comes with a side and a beverage for $7.

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As you can see I opted for onion rings. The side options are fries, rings or okra. Since they all come in a bag the choice is possibly moot. The burger is a standard 4 to 1 patty, cooked on a flat griddle, topped with onions and cheese and served on a small sesame seeded grocery store bun. The best thing was the cold set. A nice piece of green leaf lettuce, a good slice of a 5×5 tomato and some decent pickles. Of course the Grub House sauce tasted a wee bit like 1000 Island sauce. But that’s okay, it makes me nostalgic for a Big Mac.

So that is my opinion of The Grub House. Will I go back? Probably not. If I lived closer I probably would. Come on. Some times folks need some fried grub. And only a 35 pound fat Fryolator can do it justice.

So good luck Grub House. You apparently fill a need in your area. I just would hope that the people who saw the possibilities in your mural can see the possibilities in your food.

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