About three years ago the Sahm’s family opened their first craft brewery, right on the Monon Trail, Big Lug. Shortly after they opened their second Rockstone Pizza next door. I thought a pizza joint was a perfect match to a craft brewery. However after one year they decided to close the pizza joint and turn it into an Alehouse.
I have always been a fan of the way Sahm’s conducts their business. From their side dish offerings to the extensive salad menu and that they still serve a slice of sour cream coffee cake with every salad. These guys know how to run a joint.
I had my eye on their seafood bisque so I was pleased that I could get it as a side; for $1 up charge.
It was a much larger portion than I expected. It was very creamy and had a very good flavor. Except for the clams you really couldn’t taste any other sea food though.
SEAFOOD BISQUE SOUP
ROASTED SHRIMP, ATLANTIC COD, CLAMS, SEAFOOD STOCK, CREAM, OLD BAY SEASONING, ROASTED GARLIC, TOMATOES
However I would probably order it again and just consider it a fortified clam chowder.
To go with my “bisque” I got a meatball sandwich.
I found this to be the perfect sandwich size and the soft roll the perfect mate to the tender meatballs. It is nice when the bread and filling both separate at the same time. As for the pricing it is as you would expect. My sandwich was $10.99 plus a buck for the soup. Pat’s tenderloin was $11.99, which I thought was pretty steep. However Pat certainly seemed to enjoy it regardless of the cost. Of course they had beer. Big Lug beer as well as the guest kegs. Once again Sahm’s has hit it out of the park. Good food, good beer and good service. Definitely worth a return trip. With or without a bike.
I think without realizing it Pat and I have been pursuing long operating establishments. A couple of weeks ago the Kitley Inn,established in 1946 and now Edwards an original Dog and Suds from 1957. Whereas Kitley looks as though it hasn’t changed much since ’46 Edwards definitely has had a face lift or two.
These replicas are on the side of the building and probably 3/4 size of the original rides. On the inside you will find a very swank and refined space with no vibe you may expect from an old-time diner.
The interior may be too refined and contemporary for that 50’s look but they offer non stop music from that era. If you are an old guy it will make you smile. They still offer curb service too. You order at the front counter,given a ticket and they call your number when ready. Everyone was very friendly and most helpful with my too many questions. The biggest reason I wanted to come here is I was certain that,with the exception of the root beer little of the food was done from scratch. I have no idea where or how I got that impression I just did. Well I was wrong. This place actually has cooks. My apologies to Edwards Drive In.
Wednesday they offer a $1.99 BBQ slider. For a 3 buck and change up charge you can add onion rings and a medium drink. In my case that would be a Root Beer.
Well the sandwich was so-so. Not a bad bite for 2 bucks but nothing to really make you shake,rattle or roll. Now the rings were a different story. They were crisp and flavorful and abundant. Often onion rings are a touch soggy from excessive batter. Not these. Sometimes they are just too greasy. Not these. I hesitate to call them the best I have had because I am sure I used that line before. I just have to say that these are an excellent product and they were masterfully prepared. As for the Root Beer it was as delicious as you would expect or if you are old enough as you remember from years ago.
Pat told me that we had been here before. I couldn’t remember. He also said that his breaded tenderloin last time was very greasy. This time his food was on point. I still say I have not been here with him.
I think this could be a very nice joint to visit when it is warm. Onion rings and a Root Beer. If they use the same ring batter for the mushrooms then marry that with a coney dog and Root Beer and call me satisfied.
After our trip to Working Man’s I was inclined to hit a BBQ place or a newly opened brewery. Pat was leaning more towards a meat and pick two kind of place. Since he was just back from Chicago, where he and his wife had biked 200 miles in two days,for charity,I thought it best to forgo debate and head to Mann’s Grill.
What can I say about Mann’s Grill? It is an older place located in an industrial area on the west side and is notorious for its low prices and big portions. It also serves breakfast all day. They have done some remodeling since the last time we were here. Turning a counter that separates the kitchen from the dining area into a wall with a pass through and adding faux brick to the dining room walls.
As far as food goes it is your usual diner fare. All of their dinners are $7.50 and the sandwiches are in the $4 to $5 range. You can also get a breakfast of 2 eggs, meat and potato choice and your choice of pancakes,french toast or biscuits and gravy for about 6 bucks. That is the kind of joint it is.
I decided on beef tips and gravy. For my sides I opted for corn and mashed potatoes.
I had to take 3 different shots to capture all the food. The beef was done well. Falling apart tender and smothered with mushrooms and gravy. The beef was tasty, the mushrooms were canned and the gravy was from a mix; never the less it was pretty good. The potatoes were nicely seasoned and tasted like real spuds. The corn was also canned but they did season it well. So you know what to expect here. Nothing exotic or fancy. Just a nice meal at a good price. Our lunch tab was $15. Remember ambiance costs.
Well this luncheon was quite an adventure. The NRA Convention was in town, so we decided to meet up at 9 AM to peruse the Nine Acres of Guns and Gear, and then do lunch. We made a pretty good dent in the 9 acres and saw a bunch of great stuff. When we left the Center at noon the weather was worse than it was at 8:30. Wet, chilly and blustery. We changed our itinerary in order to shorten our walk time as much as possible. However we did cover a lot more turf than two semi-gimpy old guys would have liked. But along the way we learned that the “Gentleman’s Club” we were planning on going to, no longer serves lunch on Fridays. We also got into a little “argument” with the management of a joint we’ve been to before,and left in a “huff”. I’m not sure what huff means but I have heard it a lot in my life and I think it means a little PO’d.
All of which leads us to The Slippery Noodle Inn. Not that it was a desperation choice by any means. It’s just that the Noodle is synonymous to me with an evening of Blues and cocktails. For good reason. It has a pretty good rep for attracting Blues Artists. The building has been housing various business concerns since 1850. I am including a link with a wee bit of history about the place.
In order to fortify himself on a forced march Pat kept talking about a tenderloin. I figured one of the breaded variety. I figured wrong. He got it grilled with choice of fries or tots for $8.99.
I decided on a BBQ pork sandwich on rye bread. I know that probably is a wee bit atypical but it was a taste from my youth. It was damn good too. The sauce was a nice combo of sweet and smoky. The smokiness probably came from a bottle, but I thought it was quite tasty. What is it about tater tots that make most grown men think like an adolescent? In this case they were a perfect match. Hot, crisp and well seasoned. I believe the BBQ was $8.49. So as you can see the prices are much in line with other joints downtown.
Below is the link for the history lesson of the noodle.