As you can see this is the most historical and stylish place we have yet to visit. I have included a link to their website which offers more information than the Cliff’s Notes version on the plaque in the front yard.
Naturally when you visit a house as grand as this you want to take lots of pictures. Unfortunately my camera battery was fading so I was only able to take a few. Fortunately they allow self guided tours M-F 9 AM -5 PM. They also offer tea on Wednesday from 1 to 4 with a prior reservation.
The food is provided by Food Guys Catering and they did a splendid job. The menu is familiar and yet it has a few offerings that are not that common. They serve Chicken Velvet soup which was a standard at the old L.S Ayres Tea Room and is legendary in these parts. They also use both Campari and Kumato tomatoes which is rare. In addition they have a Nicoise salad on the menu, also very uncommon. That is what I ordered.
Their version omitted the skinny French green beans ( Haricot Verts ) and used asparagus. They also added artichoke hearts and substituted fingerling potatoes for the red. The basic salad ( sans canned tuna) is priced at $6. For an up charge you can add grilled chicken, grilled tuna or blackened salmon. Feeling lucky today I opted for the salmon for 3 bucks. The salmon was actually skillet blackened and nicely done. I would have liked it a little less cooked but it was fine and it complemented the salad very well. I really appreciate a Nicoise salad because of all of its different components. From the saltiness of the olives to the sweetness of the tomato to the snap of the asparagus it was nicely designed and prepared. Speaking of tomatoes they seem to have use Kumato tomatoes on my salad, that explains the “odd” color.
At the end they brought us two cinnamon rolls that were pretty tasty, day old, but tasty.
So if you want to have lunch in a lovely old dinning room and eat some very good food at a more than reasonable price than you must try the Cafe at the Prop.
The sign is a bit misleading. The Thunderbird opened as a night club in 1950, and “rocked” it old school until 1972. I was never there. I went to old-time “divey” bars and for late night entertainment there was Broad Ripple.
I think this new incarnation opened 2 years ago as a dinner house. They just recently decided to give lunch a go. Here is a link to their website.
I suggested this place a couple of weeks ago. I think Pat agreed just to humor me. As he has said many times he is a simple man with simple tastes. Also he has a well know aversion to onion.
I don’t agree with Pat’s assessment that this place is a bistro. Their food is pretty much comfort foods with a Southern focus and a chef driven spin. Are their prices high? Yep;on some items. A 9 buck grilled cheese is high. On the other hand at $3 my biscuit sliders were quit reasonable. Especially when you realize a McDonald’s bacon, egg and cheese biscuit costs more.
One thing Pat commented on was how oily the chips were. Tasty but oily. Evidently they flash them in the fryer for a bit and then sprinkle them with old bay seasoning.
They have okra fries on their menu. I like fried okra. Finding it around here is difficult. The few places that offer it give you this frozen stuff in a bag . Here they buy it fresh, cut it and fry it to order.
You get a nice sized bowl for $5. They offer a spicy mayo based dipping sauce I wasn’t really a fan of. I did enjoy the okra though. It is pickled before it is breaded and fried. Which adds a whole new layer of flavor and it also adds a bit of acid to the mix. Now for the biscuit sliders.
They offer two options. Braised pork belly and fried chicken. I got one of each. The belly was melt in your mouth tender. They topped it with an onion jam, which was pretty sweet. It fit well with the fatty pork but after a few bites it became almost cloying. The next time I get it I will 86 the jam.
You can get your chicken biscuit mild or hot. I chose hot and it had a pleasant burn. The chicken biscuit comes topped with their slaw and house pickles. The slaw was vinegar based and played off the spicy crunch of the chicken nicely. My taste for slaw leans more towards the creamy style but this variety did its job well. I think a side of the slaw might be too “dry” when eaten by itself. The biscuits themselves were nice. Flaky yet substantial enough to hold up to fried chicken. The pickles were unique to my taste buds. They are of the refrigerator variety. You slice ’em; pickle ’em and stick them in the fridge. I enjoyed them.
This place is well-appointed with lots of wood and custom light fixtures. The whole joint has a dimly lit ambiance. Suitable for an evening of cocktails and snacks. I think that would be the best way to enjoy this space. With some friends and a few cocktails and eats. They offer craft draft as well as wine but I think they take their mixed drinks very serious. The bartender has several bottles of syrups that they use to flavor some of their liquors. The bartender is also serious about Bourbon. He likes to keep Bonded bottles around. Nothing says commitment like a few bottles of 100 Proof bottled in bond liquor.
This picture looks other-worldly doesn’t it. I took it with my Android phone in their parking lot at 11:45 to-day. The sky was clear and the sun was out, and the temperature was about 30. I have no idea why it turned out that way. I like it though.
Art’s is a joint that is open from 6 AM to 4 PM M-S. Their main service is breakfast, with their speciality being skillets. These are one pan dishes loaded with potatoes,veggies and meat of your choosing and then topped with eggs and cheese. They also have lunch dishes as well. Some friends recommended Art’s to us after they had weekend brunch there. We could not figure out whether we wanted breakfast or lunch. While we debated we ordered a giant cinnamon bun to share for $3.75.
This “bun” was a good 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall and delicious. It was served warm and soft and so delicate I couldn’t believe it was at a joint on Pendleton Pike. This is a must order for any trip here.
Pat and I eventually decided on luncheon fare. Pat a grilled cheese with American and Swiss cheese,bacon, tomato and avocado on whole wheat bread for $6.99.
That day they were offering fried Perch,with potatoes,slaw and tartar sauce for $9.99. I am hot and cold as far as fried food goes;especially fried fish. Today I figured that if Art went to the trouble of buying some Perch and making some breading I felt as though I should do my part and buy some.
I was served 2 large and meaty pieces with a crisp breading. The fish was nicely done and very tasty. I would order it again,if I were in a fried fish-eating mood. I think with the right bun this would make a great sandwich. Fish,lettuce and tomato and some slaw on top instead of the tarter. The tarter was quite respectable but the slaw was very creamy. Creamier than what I make or what I am used to,but that was why it stuck out to me. Pat thought it too creamy. I thought it nice change. The fries were just fries,in quantity. Pat gave me some of his peasant potatoes to try. They were nice crisp potato squares with almost too much salt. Frankly I thought they were too clean. No oil,no grease. I like my breakfast potatoes to have some residue of butter or bacon fat, not a swim just a joyful little dip. But for most folks the drier the better,I get it.
So this little joint;I think it is located in an old Captain D’s Fish House;is definite a place you want to hit for breakfast or lunch. It is well staffed and clean and they have super nice outdoor seating. It is right on Pendleton Pike and all of its traffic but it is far enough back in a shopping center lot that traffic won’t be an issue;even in the summer. Oh they have French Toast made from their Cinnamon Buns. What more can I say.