This is indeed a bar. A tavern. I am sure some folks would call it a dive. They would be wrong. It is a big old-fashioned place that sells Adult beverages and well made food. They aren’t too worried about food trends and I am sure no one in the kitchen dreams of James Beard. The bartenders and servers are just that; not mixologists or Flairtenders. They have done the job for a while and do it with both professionalism and a smile. I am a big fan.
The Ice House is a big building sitting in an industrial area all by itself with the sign on top of the building. Like a road house from days gone by.
They always have a big lunch crowd when we go there. If you try their food I think you will see why.
This joint changed owners a few years back and the prices are indeed fancy. The double Pat got was $12.50; but when you consider the extras they include and the fact they only charge $.75 for cheese I guess it balances out. The real values are in their specials. On Wednesday they offer a 6 ounce fillet for $10.95. Included in the price is a salad and a hash brown potato casserole.
Several taverns offer a 6 ounce fillet for 10 to 11 bucks but this one; I believe; is the best around. Moist and tender. Hot with just the right amount of char and most importantly it was cooked mid rare. The potatoes were an interesting dish. It was tasty but I just didn’t want that many carbs for lunch.
Another big item on their menu is broasted chicken. For that you will need a hardy appetite. I really enjoy this place. People talk a lot about “keeping it real.” Well this is one joint that does nothing but. Keep it real.
Pat is out-of-town so I am left to my own devices this week. I was torn between Asian and Mexican. At the last-minute I opted for Mexican. The joint I chose has a pretty good record of reviews;although none more recent than 2013; and the menu seemed more than adequate. I had planned on ordering chilaquiles. I mean they named the joint after them. However I decided on tacos instead. Chilaquiles are okay but a good taco is always welcome to me. I know you are thinking. It is a tortilla with stuff in it,so what is the big deal? Well there are tacos. And then there are Tacos. What does a good taco look like? Something like this.
But more on that in a minute.
Normally a Mexican style joint gives you chips and salsa with you first come in. This joint offers up toasted bread and quince jelly. I think that is a pretty good alternative.
They offer tamales on the menu. Two with beans and rice for $5.99. Unfortunately they were out so rather than think it through I just ordered beef tongue tacos. Three tacos with beans and rice for differing prices;depending on the protein option. The lingua tacos were $7.29.
I wasn’t being entirely facetious when I was going on about the noble taco. It is tasty and wondrously simple. It doesn’t need all of that lettuce and tomato and cold shredded cheese. Not in my estimation. It needs to be a good amount of meat in 2 warm,yet soft corn tortillas. Warm enough to be pliable and fresh enough to smell the aroma of corn as you bring it to your mouth. These qualify. The cilantro and onion were an optional addition. They added a few radish and cucumber slices as well as a lime wedge which is more than enough for me. As for the beans and rice I guess they have become obligatory. The beans were pretty good. Nice and creamy. The rice was pretty boring. White rice cooked off with Sazon or bijol to give it that “saffron” color but no real flavor. Nothing more than a plate filler in my estimation.
The tomatillo salsa was pretty good also; it added a bit of zip to the meat. Of course the star was the tongue. Exceptionally moist and tender and as you can see a good amount of it
My eyes were bigger than my stomach though. For some strange reason I ordered a Mollettes single. A yeast roll cut in half,buttered and topped with beans and cheese for $3.99. You can buy 2 rolls, 4 pieces topped with various chiles and meats for differing prices. The 2 I ordered were really good. They would be a wonder bar snack. Mollettes and cerveza. Now that would definitely work.
Four bucks for that. Amazing. Well it is nice to know that the quality of the food is still high,even though folks aren’t writing reviews. The service was pretty good. I can see a possible language issue and if they get really busy the pace might have to be increased but the 2 young ladies I dealt with were quite pleasant. They also open at 9 AM for breakfast. To me chilaquiles is a breakfast dish. Red chile,sausage and eggs. No better way to start your day.
I thought I’d open with a shot of Canada Geese, to set the mood. As you can tell we went to eat in Broad Ripple,right on the canal. This property is a prime location and one of the nicest joints to sit outside. After the pizza joint,Bazbeaux, moved to a bigger location a new restaurant took over. I am pretty sure it wasn’t called Flat Water. I can’t remember the name,but they only had a beer and wine license and they had some pretty good food. This incarnation has a full license and is carrying on the practice of selling some good food.
I mean how could you not enjoy sitting on a deck and watching ducks and geese “frolicking” in the water? Throw in some good eats and a couple of Margaritas for dessert and you have great lunch time.
I didn’t scan the menu,as they have a website. However the menu on the site is not current, Sorry about that.
Their lunch special was a buffalo tenderloin. A breaded tenderloin smothered with hot sauce and topped with blue cheese crumbles. That was $9. Pat decided on the menu tender for the same price. For a $1.50 up charge he got a side of grilled asparagus. Before Pat gives his take on his sandwich I want to add my 2 cents. That breaded tenderloin was the prettiest piece of breaded pork I think I have seen. Also I tried a piece of asparagus and it was great. Tender crisp with a nice light char. Good job.
In sympathy with our dining companions out in the canal I tried the house smoked salmon sandwich. It was lightly hot smoked. That is to say it was cooked on a grill with wood chips added so the fire cooked it and the light smoke was a tasty hitch hiker. I would have liked it a little less cooked but that wasn’t enough to rate anything less than very good and well made.
Since it was well crafted I shall engage in a little “nit-picking”. The bread, while good was too much club for the salmon. The spinach and other mixed greens was a nice touch just maybe too abundant. The bacon was a nice addition. Adding both texture and a different level of smokiness. The avocado really got lost. Salmon is pretty assertive and the poor thing got overwhelmed. It did impart a bit of creaminess but maybe something with more cojones might accomplish the job better. But that is just one guy’s opinion. In either event it was an excellent bite and value at $11.
For the adult beverage part of the review they have a nice selection of draft beers and they feature PBR and Miller High Life cans for $2.50. They also offer Margarita specials on Thursday. Their house version for $ 5 and one featuring El Jimador and Cointreau for 6 bucks. Well I opted for the top shelf. It was as good as it sounds.
So in summation I really don’t think you can go wrong with Flat Water. Good eats, good drinks and a wonderful deck overlooking the canal. Also the service is good as well Thanks Gary we appreciate the job you did.