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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


317 Burger 915 Westfield Blvd.

Okay. I have messed this post up already. This is the second joint we visited today, with the raw cafe being the first. So I should have written this first so it would be seen second. That way it would have a logical sequence. Oh well.

After our first course we needed some meat. This burger joint started out as dinner only but a few weeks ago they started serving lunch. During lunch they use a smaller version of their menu. No appetizers and most of their speciality burgers aren’t on there. Pat decided on their classic for $9 at lunch with chips instead of homemade fries. That is their basic Angus burger with cheese and usual cold set.

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When I asked our bartender about their speciality burgers he told me they could fix anything on the menu. Which I thought was very nice of him. I had my eye on the Parthenon. A lamb burger with “gyro bacon”, feta and tatziki sauce on a pita; with fries for $12.

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My burger was more than the mid rare I ordered and the “gyro bacon “was sliced gyro meat. I guess they figured that some crisp strips from a gyro cone would give a bacon effect. Well the overall flavor was very good but I think some lamb bacon from Smoking Goose would do a better job. As for the over cook that was just an all around goof. The meat had a bit of pink to it so it wasn’t  rendered uneatable, and as I said it was tasty. As far as the fries went they were your usual limp house cut fries. Tasty but not real crisp.

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So all in all they offer a pretty good burger. I would like to try one of their regular Angus burgers and see if they can do one medium rare.

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Sam’s Gyros

I was on the north side with my son Adam on the way pick up his eldest daughter; my first born Grand child in Noblesville. After we picked up Emily I thought it would be a good idea to get some carry out. Adam suggested Sam’s Gyros at 8922 East 96th Street. He has been there several times and liked the food. He ordered a Chicken Shawarma platter with salad and rice for $13.95. Emily got a half Beef Shawarma in pita for $5.95. I got a Beef dolmades platter with salad, no rice for $13.95. Both platters came with 2 warm pita as well.

After I unpacked the lunch Em attacked her pita bread sandwich with great enthusiasm. She had never had beef shawarma before and obviously really liked it. Poor thing is trying to gain some weight. She starts Ball State this fall. As a matter of fact she leaves in a couple of weeks. In either event I didn’t have the opportunity to take a shot of her sandwich.

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Adam’s chicken dish was plentiful and he really liked it. I had a taste and I wasn’t overly impressed. The inclusion of 2 pita breads was good on his dish. I mean you could stuff the bread with chicken and rice.

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As I said before both platters came with salads. This is the aforementioned salad. While large not real impressive. Standard torn lettuce minimal cucumber and tomato, a few olives and a sprinkling of feta cheese. Ho-Hum. The dressing was nice and it worked well as a dipping sauce for the good pita that came with my dolma.

As for my dolma they were very good. For some reason grape leaves with beef are difficult to find. That was why I was excited to see them on the menu. Their version  was long and slender with a great taste and nice texture. Their tatziki sauce was pretty good as well. Again it was a great sauce for pita dunking.

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The amount of dolma was nice. It was a very tasty and filling plate. I just don’t know if it or the shawarma  were worth the $14 price tag. Maybe if I saw it on a plate at a table I might think otherwise. Elements of the lunch were very good. But as always it is up to the individual consumer to decide the value.

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