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Greek’s Pizzeria 4901 N. College

This posting will be different from the others; as I have few pictures to go with it. For some inexplicable reason my computer no longer recognizes my Canon Camera. I do have a few shots taken with my sorta’ smart phone.

This place originated in Valparaiso Indiana in 1968. Now it has over 100 joints covering more than just Indiana.

https://greekspizzeria.com/

It has the feel of a small local pizza joint, although done up in “industrial chic”.

It has that aroma. The earthy scent of yeast mixed with the bite of red sauce and a hint of garlic.

They have other locations, that was how Pat knew they would customize his Stromboli.

Actually this is my Meatball Shell; that is what they call the Calzones. However they were same in appearance so imagine that it is a Strom.

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It was wonderful. The meatballs were tender the sauce had a nice tang and the shell was done to a beautiful tender crispness. The only minor flaw was the amount of the sauce. However that was rectified by ordering extra solos of sauce. It is a large offering and I was surprised I ate it all as quickly as I did. It was good. Since it is right on my way to Broad Ripple I would image stopping there for lunch or carry out. The shells were $8.99 and they offer a pizza lunch special for $6.99. I can see why this place has lasted and grown. They have a good plan and they stick to it. Good house made food at a good price.


Murphy’s Pubhouse Fishers 11650 Olio Rd. Fishers In.

Yep we drove all the way into Fishers. The only reason I can think of is that Pat was on a mission. Earlier that day I proposed 2 possible joints for us to go to and Pat came up with some alternatives. His primary location was halfway between my 2 suggestions. Therefore it would be a “halfway house”. He also had 3 others on the list, which was a good thing, because we never found the first three. This whole Geist, Fishers area is crazy. If you don’t live here don’t try to navigate it without help. I have been in the area several times because my kid lives up there and every time I think I find his house more by accident than design.

Murphys has been around for years. In addition to the place we went to they have a Pub House on Thompson Road and a Craft House in Oaklandon. These are in addition to Murphys at Flynn’s; the home of the $11 filet lunch special.

It was a bit cool today with a nearly constant drizzle. The sort of day that demands beef. Since their steak special isn’t until Thursday I opted for the Steak Hoagie. It was a huge sandwich filled with steak, peppers, onions and mushrooms and topped with 2 different cheeses.

It was an excellent sandwich. Meaty and cheesy with just the right amount of veggies. It was too big for me to finish. Actually it would be a perfect sandwich to share. If I lived closer I would definitely get this to go; at least weekly.

This is really a great place to visit. Well run with good food and staff. The prices are what you would expect. Pat’s tenderloin was $9.99 and my hoagie was $13.99. Which at first seemed high until you see it. An easily shared sandwich for 14 bucks is a deal. So we had no complaints and highly recommend the place.
Murphy's Pubhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Thai Paradise

This is another new restaurant that has just opened in the last few weeks. I haven’t counted but it seems that Indy has several Thai eateries. This one is just a block off of the Circle,on Market. Making it the most urban place.

Their menu is pretty much like every other Thai restaurant. Noodles, rice and veggies in varying degrees of sweet and spicy. And as most Asian style restaurants around here you can get a great lunch for $7.99, complete with soup and egg roll.

The place is small,with two rows of tables along both walls and  an aisle running down the center. They seem to have a regular lunch crowd and the joint filled up really fast. Under these circumstances you really need to have your act together or else the scene can turn into a fiasco. In that regard they really know what they are doing.

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As you can see the soup wasn’t the most photogenic of dishes. It was barely a cup but it was pretty tasty. It was also lukewarm, which leads me to believe they stage them in advance to get a jump-start on the service. The egg roll was okay, I prefer a spring roll, but a crisp fried roll is pretty good on a cold winter day. We had just finished our first course when our main dishes were delivered. I ordered a Pad Thai with chicken, I had a major hankering for rice noodle.

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It had a nice balance of sweet and spicy and a good composition of textures. About what I would expect from an Oriental” dish. I did order it hot, not Thai hot. The result was an excellent level of heat that accentuated the inherent sweetness of the sauce. The combo of mung beans and noodles is one of my favorites.

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So now all of you downtown workers have another lunch spot. I can’t say it is a superlative example of Thai cuisine I can say it is well made and good food. Also for all folks that don’t drive downtown it is no more than a block away from the two major bus stops in the city.

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Mimi Blue Meatballs 874 Mass. Ave.

This was the place I was headed to Saturday night when logistics got in the way. It is also the one joint I thought Pat couldn’t eat at. I couldn’t imagine a meatball without onion. As it turned out I forgot to even ask. Sorry Pat.

It is an attractive place, nice furnishings and decor. It is also on the small side. Which makes for a cozy dining experience. I arrived shortly after opening and they already had a good crowd. So I didn’t try to take any interior shots. I find it awkward taking pictures with a bunch of people in them. Not everyone likes their image up on the internet.

The menu is simple. You get a laminated menu and an erasable marker to check your choices. They offer five different meatballs and five different sauces. They also give you about 10 different sides to choose from for $5 each. All are available on the side or under the meatballs. The concept is simple, and pretty much self-explanatory. So much so that rather than confuse everyone by explaining, here is a link to their online menu.

http://www.mimibluemeatballs.com/menu/

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I decided on the 4 baller. Classic with marinara, veggie with garlic cream, turkey with mushroom gravy, and beef and spicy Bolognese. All on a bed of creamy polenta. A $16 meal with bread. For what it was I think the price was fair.

Each meatball had its own individual texture and flavor. The veggie was the most assertive, and not just from the cayenne pepper. It had a nice veggie component to it but it lost its charm after a couple of bites. I may have expected something more like a falafel. This tasted more cornmeal than chick pea. The turkey ball was fine. What you would expect. The classic was a nice example of a beef and pork combo. Flavorful and robust. The beef may have been my favorite because I tasted a bit of fennel seed in it. At least I think it was the beef. As for the sauces both red sauces were okay. If it weren’t for the spice I don’t think I could tell the marinara and Bolognese apart. One did have a darker color, as though it had been on the heat longer. The garlic and cream was good and just as advertised. The mushroom gravy was very delicate. I had it over the turkey ball,because I didn’t want the sauce to have too much competition. But really it is hard to keep all the tastes separate, after a while, on one bowl. On the bottom of all the balls and sauce was one common element. The polenta. It was indeed creamy and should have been an excellent accompaniment to all these balls,but I thought it was too salty.

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I think this place has a good idea. They have only been open 4 weeks so they are doing an exceptional job so far. I can see myself coming back for a slider or two.

Mimi Blue Meatballs on Urbanspoon


Punch Burger 137 E. Ohio St.

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This place has been opened for a while and has gotten some pretty good reviews. Of course some folks complain about the prices. The burgers they offer are all $6.50, and they are all natural. Whatever that means. Sadly that is about normal for downtown,even for 6 oz.

In addition to some specialty burgers you can pick just what you want from a pretty good list of options.

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Pat usually is the more oblique part of the team but this time he was darn near Gabby. He isn’t a big fan of grass-fed beef because he ran into a couple of tough steaks one time,so he views all grass-fed cows with suspicion.

I settled for a cow burger,on a pretzel bun with swiss cheese house made sweet pickles and a side of waffle fries.

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I agree with Pat the burger was really good, When we ordered we were asked if we wanted our burger well done or a bit of pink. We both wanted pink and pink is what we got.

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The burgers are cooked on a flat top so you get a nice crispness. Marry it with a bit of pink and you get a good little burger. They also do a nice job as pickle makers. A slightly sweet pickle is a great change of pace from the standard dill.

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They have a web site that shows the menu, but I don’t think it shows pricing. The burgers are $6.50, cheese $.65 and waffle fries are $2.25 while fries of the sweet potato variety cost $2.75. Oh and they also sell beer and wine. I actually can see myself eating on their little patio this summer. Burgers and beer and conveniently located. Sounds good.
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G.T South’s Rib House 5711 E 71 St. Street

Now this is a rarity for this spot. I bought a voucher for food for a joint and was able to use it. I purchased a voucher from Amazon Local for G.T.’s. Nine bucks for 15 dollars of food. Good deal. I don’t know why they ran the promotion, because the food is really pretty good.

As soon as you walk in you are seduced by the aroma. BBQ. Smells like a rib joint. The ribs are not available until dinner. However they have a very solid lunch menu.

They have a website but it doesn’t show any prices. I didn’t even try to scan their book like menu. But for what it’s worth their prices are very good.

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Pat’s platter was huge. We’re talking 12 inch oval with just enough room for a muffin. The sides were put up in 4 oz. ramekins and had to be placed on the side. A bunch of food for $11.50.

They serve the meat dry, with sauce on the side,which I like. They offer 3 sauces. Hot or medium red and a Carolina pepper, vinegar. I decided on a brisket sandwich. It comes 2 ways. Standard for,I don’t remember and a Jumbo for $8.50. With the sandwiches they provide chips and choice of side.

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I expected the brisket to be sliced, as that is what I am told that is how it is done for platters. Oops. It’s shredded on the sandwich. Actually they might have even said that on the menu. I don’t recall. No matter the sandwich was very good. The brisket was both moist and tender,with a nice smokiness. The Carolina sauce I asked for on the side was so-so. As were the greens I ordered to go with it. They were tasty enough but they needed an oomph. Maybe some hock or more cooking time. I was concentrating more on my cow meat. I can say the pot liquor for the greens was pretty flat. No matter. My sandwich was good. And I like ruffled chips served with sandwiches, more joints should do that. In my opinion.

Isn't that a lovely toasted bun.

Isn’t that a lovely toasted bun.

Our server tried to tempt us with desert. We were too full. She did manage to talk Pat into a cookie. And it was gratis. Cool. It was my turn to buy. On the service, it was spot on. Everyone I saw or came in contact with friendly and professional. I saw a busser walk through our dining area at least 3 times during our lunch. Each time he was on point. The last time he asked me if I needed a go box,as I was letting my food “settle” before I commenced eating. Our personal server was wonderful. All in all this joint has a great wait staff. So. In our opinion: Great food + Great service = Go there.

G.T. South's Rib House on Urbanspoon

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