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Sahm’s Restaurant & Pub

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Patrick does have issues with reading a menu in its entirety. He told me that if the Clam Chowder had no onion he would order that with a grilled cheese sandwich. If the  soup had onion he would go with the breaded fish sandwich. He assumed that all sans came with chips. So when the server asked his side he was lost. My stare was far from “impatient”. I merely wanted him to go ahead with alacrity; as the joint was full and the server busy. He opted for “curled carrots”. An interesting choice.

Pat didn’t write a review of his lunch except for the carrot curls. He said that would come in the form of a comment, once the post is published.

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As you can see the fish looked great. The curls were thin sliced carrots that were quickly deep-fried. Very curious. I found them to be an interesting side dish. I enjoyed my taste but I don’t know that I would enjoy a full side.

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As you can see if you peruse their menu they offer a big one. I have been to some of their other sites in the past and Pat and I have hit the place down town. Why that was never written about who knows. So I can say these guys know how a joint should run.

So they offer a lot of great comfort food options I decided on the meatloaf melt. That is a healthy portion of grilled meatloaf with sautéed onions, American and Munster cheeses on white toast, with a brown sugar glaze.

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I was curious how much the bells and whistles would detract from the center piece of the sandwich. The onions added to the over all taste. The cheese does what cheese always does. It brings another layer of flavor and is more complement that adversary. Now we come to the glaze. It tasted like catsup and brown sugar. Which to some folks is mandatory on meatloaf. To me;not so much. It did distract from the actual loaf itself. However only in the slightest degree. The size of the portion was such that it was easy to find a few bites with no enhancements. To me the meatloaf had both good flavor and a nice texture and density. If you are a meatloaf junkie this would be a great fix for you. They also offer it as a dinner. As far as the mushrooms go they were fine as a side. Pretty ho-hum. Standard mushrooms,cut in half and tossed in flour and deep-fried. Then presented with a pretty generic horse-radish sauce. Adequate as a side, you could at least taste mushroom.

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For dessert we each had a slice of their sour cream coffee cake, for $1.29. They serve the same cake with their salads. It is really nice. Not overly sweet and a great crumb. So we liked this place. Good and attentive service, good food and more than fair pricing. Pat’s cod was $9.49 and my meatloaf was $7.99. And no matter where you are there is probably a Sahm’s close to you.

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Milktooth 540 Virginia Ave.

Modifications are politely declined.

We will accommodate allergies if possible.

From some reviews and comments I have read and heard, these two little lines have a few of my fellow citizens all worked up.

This is fly over country and folks here don’t like to be told what to eat or how to eat. As an occasional Libertarian I can empathize with that sentiment. However as a one time working chef I can see the reason for such a statement. A chef or cook spends quite a bit of time creating a dish for service. Taste, replication, presentation, sourcing, pricing all these things have to be considered.So naturally they want people to try it as they intended. That being said you must have some flexibility. If not you might just end up cooking for friends and family.

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This was my “first course”. This is their toast plate. It features a lovely baguette from Amelia’s, and a nice little tomato and cucumber salad. Hiding behind the salad is egg rillette,topped with pickled onion. Traditionally rillette is a pork pate. Here it’s a chopped soft egg. Great spread on hot bread. On the far side sets their house ricotta, and the show stopper on the plate. Clementine confit. That is one of the craziest things I have eaten in a while. It’s tangerine segments cooked in hot lard. It was damn good. All of the components worked very well together. The slight acidity of the tomatoes to balance the richness of the egg and cheese but to me the star was the confit. This plate was a definite hit. Had I known that was what I would get I would not have ordered as much as I did.

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After ordering the bread before it even arrived my server was back and I order chicken livers, bacon and a bun. I figured I would be safe since some folks were complaining that the portion size was “small”. This joint has changed their menu at least 3 times since they opened,approximately 4 weeks ago. So I jumped on the chicken livers they offered.

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Now this is a chicken lovers fantasy plate. Six crispy fried livers sitting on a schmear of liver pate. In between the livers were two-inch square pieces of toast. This whole plate of decadent chicken liver goodness was covered with hot sauce. Not just any hot sauce but barrel aged sriracha. Now I have had the regular form of this hot sauce,but never the barrel aged stuff. They put the mash in whiskey barrels and give it a couple of months to “mature”. The resultant sauce is as different from the standard sauce as Laphroig is to Passport. And to provide a subtle taste difference they offered sticks of pickled white turnip as well. This plate was more than enough to sate a luncheon appetite and definitely worth the 10 bucks I paid for it.

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I was about half way through the first plate when I received the second. I told my server, Natalie to bring food out as it came up. I would find a way to keep up.

While I was finishing my livers my other food appeared. A chocolate and hazelnut bun and sorghum glazed bacon.

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This bun was delicious. Period. The fact that it was $3 is remarkable. Almost as remarkable as the bun itself. I understand that their pastry chef is named Zoe. Well Zoe you have a new fan. What you do is possibly illegal in some countries.

The last thing I ordered was a $5 piece of bacon. Sounds crazy doesn’t it. What you get is a hunk of Smoking Goose bacon fried and then glazed with sorghum syrup.

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This  piece was huge. At first I thought it was a hunk of pig jowl, but after cutting it I would guess it was indeed pork belly. Fat, slightly smoky and sticky sweet from the molasses. An excellent job.

So as you can tell I enjoyed my lunch. A lot. I just have too questions. What is with the no capital letters on the menu? Also why the knit caps some of the help are wearing. Is that a fashion or a fad. I’m just curious. So this joint had an unequal amount of hype before opening. After eating here I can seen the reason for a lot of it.

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The Ripple Bagel Deli 850 Broad Ripple Avenue.

Now this place has been open since 2003. I first noticed it 1 year ago, and just now we visit. I guess we wanted to wait until they got all the opening bugs worked out. Well if they have any bugs in the beginning I don’t know. They certainly have a slick operation now.

I tried to take a shot of the exterior, however I couldn’t get the whole view in without stepping into the street. Since my momma always told me not to play in traffic this is the best I could get.

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The place isn’t real big but it is colorful

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You order from a long counter and they call you when it’s ready and you pay at the end. The counter has stools, so I guess it also serves as overflow seating. They have a few laminated menus lying around but the focal points is the huge menu chalkboard on the wall behind.

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They offered a bialy as an option on the menu, so naturally I had to inquire if it was the real deal. Well the young lady behind the counter was informed enough to satisfy me that it was indeed the real thing. It is refreshing to find someone who really knows what is going on in the joint they work. So many restaurant workers are McDrones that don’t have a clue. But the people we interacted with had their stuff together.

The young lady told us that the bialy comes from Cincinnati, and the bagels come from Bagel Fair in Nora. Those folks have been making bagels in this town for more than 30 years. They have, in my estimation the best bagels in Marion County, if not the state.

Pat was happy that they had so many onion-less options. He decided on The Natty Dread.

Now that is Bacon, Colby and smoked Cheddar cheeses, lettuce,tomato and sprouts on a bialy. Since this particular bread had onion in it he subbed a whole wheat bagel. This whole thing was only $ 6.00.

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When it was my turn I knew exactly what I wanted. A Tape Your Ankles, subbing bialy for an onion bagel. This tasty bite consists of ham,pepperoni, salami, provolone, red onion, banana peppers and Italian dressing. And it was only $6.95. I also ordered a cup of Santa Fe chili for $3.50.

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The soup is house made. Just not in this house. I was told they buy it from, I thought she said Bagel Fair, but I am not positive. In either event it was pretty good. It tasted like a lot of chili I have had in Indiana. I don’t have any idea why it was dubbed Santa Fe. Maybe it was because of the addition of black beans and corn. Some folks think adding black beans and corn into a dish turns into a Southwest offering. Well, not anymore than adding soy sauce makes a dish Oriental. But as I said it was pretty good.

As for my sandwich it was very tasty. I could taste the salami and pepperoni as distinct and separate meats. The ham sort of blended into the background, but I think were it not there it would be missed. the cheese delivers a nice unctuosness and the peppers do what pickled peppers always do. They bring a hint of both vinegar and heat. I found it to be a great bite and a great value. So. I am sure Pat and I are one of the last to learn about this place but just in case we aren’t you should check this joint out. Great bagels,creative combinations and nice folks working there.

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Oh one last thing. I don’t make a habit of taking pictures of bathrooms but I made an exception here. They offer one facility and all the walls are covered in old record albums, that’s right old school vinyl. So here you go.

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Oh one last thing. This might be a clue to the deliciousness of their bagel creations, After they build them whey foil wrap them and then steam the whole damn thing. Crazy huh? Crazy good.

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9 Irish Brothers 575 Massachusetts Avenue.

Okay. This joint hit Indy this summer. It’s a home-grown “chain”. Which means they started in Lafayette Indiana, expanded to West Lafayette and eventually opened another joint in Indy. They managed to secure a spot at the corner of Boardwalk and Park Place. That is to say they found a very nice location and did it proud.

The place is large and nicely appointed. You can tell they have a good idea as to how to run a business. From what I could read on the reviews the place was not received very well. Pat and Fran went there at opening and had mixed thoughts about food and prices. They have a nice presence on the Net however there are no prices listed. I find that somewhat disconcerting. What I found was a fine little pub with some decent food and competitive prices.

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We ordered the goat cheese fritter appetizer. Little croquettes of breaded goat cheese on a bed of mixed greens with a raspberry vinaigrette. Actually it was not too bad. The slightly sour cheese, bitter greens and a sweet raspberry dressing made for a tasty bite. Cost: $ 8.45.

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Our server, Holleh did an excellent job at service. She was on top of Pat’s onion aversion. She told him that the mashed potatoes had onion in them. Imagine that. He ordered a half order of corn beef and cabbage subbing house chips for the mashed potatoes. Their chips are thick slices of fried potato.

 

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This is my lunch. It is a new addition to the menu. They call it a Fisherman’s Pie. A take off on a Shepherd’s Pie. It was very interesting. It came out in an 8 or 10 ounce crock. A healthy portion for $7.45. It was a blend of salmon, white fish, shrimp and veggies in a cream sauce. Covered with mashed potatoes and cheese. Well. Your first taste, naturally was tater and cheese. Then you hit the cream sauce. Tasty, but overwhelming. There was no texture in the dish. The salmon was like the white fish. Which was like the shrimp. Or the vegetables. The flavor was all about the  sauce. . I thought it was tasty I just didn’t taste the fish. I probably would not get it again, the way it was prepared. The soda bread rocked.

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Now this joint is noted for its Whisky, Whiskey flights. As well as their Guinness pours.

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Now this is really difficult to read. That is my fault. I still have not learned the proper way to use my scanning wand. Sorry about that. Any one with suggestions; let me know.

I opted for the Lesser Know Great Flight. It had single malt, blended and pot still. All the basic whiskey ( whisky) groups. I though it was great. And a bargain at $14.

I know Shelly. I should have tried the Single Malt Scotch Flight; but I was confused. They were playing the Rover Boys. And I was drinking Guinness. I didn’t have a chance.

But for real. This is a good joint to visit. The food is good, prices are fair and the service is on point. I have to give a shout out to Holleh. Excellent job.

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Downtown Olly’s 822 N. Illinois Street

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This is what you see when you first walk in. The joint has been around for about 12 years. Unfortunately I have never heard of it until about 1 year ago. There is not a whole lot of reviews for the place. I am not sure why. It might be because it is a 24 / 7 joint. It is open for business 24 hours per day. They don’t sell liquor from 3 AM to 7 AM. Like the French Quarter in New Orleans.

On the day I went to Soupremacy I thought I would check out Olly’s. Before Pat and I visit a place I like to know what they offer. So… I stopped by on the way home. The joint has some great specials and some pretty good food.soupremacy and olly 018

That day I had their sloppy Joe sandwich, with tater tots. I know… sloppy Joe is pretty much country, and pretty much “what ever”. But…good food is eternal and their version is really quite tasty. The tots weren’t as tasty as Slippery Noodle,not as spicy, but still good. The bartender, Alex told me he was from the South and back home the dish is called Spanish burger. I thought that was interesting. I took quite a few pictures of the place because I thought it was rather eclectic. If you had to define the style I think it would be referred to as “Urban Informal”, or maybe “Urbane Tacky”. In either event I found it to be comfortable.downtown Olly's 002

I know glass blocks are to decor as white bucks are to men’s shoes, but here they work.

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Their menu is huge. I scanned it and I intend to add it to this post; it is entertaining just to peruse the menu. Since it never closes it has a separate breakfast menu as well. For a 4 hour period in the AM they offer 2 eggs, potatoes, sausage or bacon choice and toast for $1.99. Now that is worth getting up early for.

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Patrick is leaving out the best part. In addition to the peanut butter the burger had jalapeno, pepper jack cheese and bacon. But I guess you can see that in the picture.

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I ordered one of the lunch specials, for $7.99. Stromboli Pasta. That would be – sausage, pepperoni, peppers and onions in a red sauce over linguine.

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The result was a very tasty dish. It tasted like a pepperoni and sausage pizza with noodles. I wouldn’t hesitate ordering it again. I also think it was a clever way of cross utilization of product. Every food item on a menu should be used in at least 2 different applications. In my opinion.

So for a good lunch or dinner Olly’s should be on your short list. Good food, good prices and good specials. Thursday’s drink specials were $2 domestic bottles and $2 well drinks. And since this is Indiana the drink specials are good for the whole day. And lastly but not leastly the service is stellar. Thanks again Alex.

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Sushi Bar-Broad Ripple

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The post I made earlier was actually about our little adventure 2 weeks ago. I’m still a little behind from the Holidays. That post was short because; well… Let’s just say the lunch was not very good. This post will be short as well ,only because I neglected to take any pictures of our food. So Pat and I decided we need to revisit soon; with his better half Fran. They have lunch specials ;a whole board full of different rolls. Pat is not a big fan of sushi or sashimi but he is a fan of fried fish. So he ordered shrimp tempura. Five nice shrimp and veggies with miso soup or salad and a cup of sticky rice( the best rice of all ). All for $7.99. For me sushi,sashimi, nigiri etc are all my favorite. So I got a 2 roll deal. That’s 2 rolls;your choice; miso or salad for $6.99. I decided on the ubiquitous spicy tuna and cucumber& eel. I probably could have made a better selection for texture but I serious thought of a 3 roll combo. Thankfully I stayed with 2; and chose two of my favorite proteins. And what is sushi without sake ? Pat; believe it or not has never had hot sake. He merely had a taste. However he did discover the “allure” of hot wine. I don’t need pictures to describe our total delight at the quality of our lunch. However, since we ARE going back I will wait ’til then to be verbose.Sushi Bar on Urbanspoon


Chin Brother’s Restaurant and Grocery

In general, Oriental food is a mystery to me. That’s why I was looking forward to having lunch at Chin’s, a Burmese restaurant. The menu isn’t as large as a Chinese menu, which has hundreds of dishes utilizing a handful of ingredients in skillful and imaginative combinations.I cannot remember the name of the dish I ordered , I couldn’t pronounce it anyway. It was a large portion of fried rice noodles mixed with chicken, veggies, fried egg and ground peanuts. The preparation was similar to a lot of far Eastern dishes I have eaten. You could  taste all of the individual ingredients and yet at the same time the harmonious blending created an additional flavor profile. Definitely a case of the sum being greater than all of its parts; or whatever that adage is. They served a wonderful sauce on the side for both our dishes. It was a small bowl of fish sauce with chopped pieces of tiny green chiles. It was fantastic how something so simple could taste so complex. The fish sauce was slightly sour with a slight smokiness and the chiles brought a wonderful heat to the entire sauce. You could pour as little or as much as you want and you’re good to go. I don’t recommend eating the little green peppers, unless you have a high tolerance for hot food; something I no longer have.

Pat ordered something simpler; a bowl of braised steak and thin sliced fresh ginger.He found the meat tender and tasty. The ginger permeated the stock enough to add a slight heat, distinctly different from the heat of the chile sauce. The cooking of the ginger, subdued some of the heat but little of the fragrance. If you haven’t eaten fresh ginger before it has kind of a “bite” similar to a hot pepper. Pat also got a huge mound of fluffy white rice to go with his meat. Right after we started eating our server brought out a complementary bowl of soup. It was pretty simple, chicken stock and fresh cilantro.Since we were rice rich, we added some to the soup. The soup by itself, with the added rice, and some bread would make a nice lunch; all by itself. Speaking of bread. I believe they have two types of bread they serve. I had wanted to order one, just to check out Burmese baking; but I forgot. If any of you go there, try some bread, and let me know how it is.If you check out their website the menu you will find is a smaller version of the “real” menu. And when you go you can get all of your international shopping done. Right next door they have a grocery featuring all sorts of Asian products. Around the corner is an international market with fresh produce, meat and fish. In the corner of the strip mall there is a Mexican market and bakery. Remember what they say; think globally, but eat locally.And the whole lunch cost less than $13.

After such a great lunch, we needed some time to digest; so we drove to the Three Pints brewery in Plainfield. They offer six house brews plus one guest brew at all times. They don’t offer flights, but they do offer 4 ounce glasses for one buck each. And on Thursday their house pints are only $3.50. That day they offered one oatmeal Stout the rest of their menu leaned more towards the ale variety. I especially liked the Plainfield pale ale and their Retired Red Ale;both have a nice citrus note and a good hoppy finish.Remember what they say; distance is no object when in search of a finely brewed beer.

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Dawson’s on Main

We went way out of our comfort zone to go to Speedway, Indiana, in May. We have talked about going here several times but usually road construction interfered. But it was really worth it. I have not been to Speedway in years and it is really a lovely community. Dawson’s sits on the corner of Main Street and some tree-lined picturesque street that to me has no name. I don’t recall. The joint was rocking at noon, but  we were still able to get seats out of doors. The menu for lunch is rather large. Several appetizers, big salads, a dozen or more sandwiches and wraps and a few lunch entrées.

One of the entrées was a breaded and fried Capensis. To non-fish groupies Capensis, also known as Cape Capensis; or poor man’s Orange Roughy is as delicious as it is hard to find. I have never seen it fried, but there is no reason why it can’t be, obviously. The fish came with french fries and coleslaw for $8.99. Since as   we already know, Pat is a fried fresh freak that is what he ordered.I had to try the pot roast. It was a large portion of tender, moist braised beef smothered with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and a mushroom ragout,all sitting on top of two twice baked potato cakes. It also came with steamed broccoli, but since I’m not a big broccoli fan. I traded that for Pat’s coleslaw; and everybody was happy.And that lovely lunch was only $9.99.

At first thought the pot roast dish might seem redundant with sautéed mushrooms and onions and Ragout; which is basically mushrooms and onions in a red wine cream sauce. Redundancy aside. It was a delicious lunch. As an old chef I used to work with told me a long time ago, I would be proud to serve that dish.Pat tried a piece of the pot roast and naturally loved it. I tried a piece of his fish and I can honestly say it was the best fried fish I have had in many years.According to Pat the broccoli was perfect. And according to me the potato cakes were wonderful. They were delightful cakes approximately 3 1/2 inches in diameter consisting of riced potatoes mixed with peppers, one of which had a little heat to it, and then baked, and since they were called twice baked I can assume they were baked originally.Left overs from dinner ? No matter ;left over bakers are the perfect source for baked cakes or home fries and a perfect platform for this meat.

Well I think I have said enough, it would well be worth your effort to go there for lunch or dinner. The food is that good. Just don’t wait too long, the farther May progresses the bigger the crowds will get.Oh as you probably noticed we did it again.we started eating before we took the pictures.Honestly we try not to.Dawson's on Main on Urbanspoon