Last week Pat left on a trip west so I was on my own. I got busy so I wasn’t able to go anywhere. As it turned out Pat’s trip was interrupted and he wanted to have lunch. We arranged to meet at a place that doesn’t open until noon. I had a earlier commitment so we planned on meeting at 1:30. Alas the joint wasn’t even open. It was supposed to be; it just wasn’t. I decided on J.J’s. I had eaten there before and found the food to be uninspired but good.
The last couple of years Indianapolis has seen several Fish and Chicken fry joints open. Most are national chains. The leader of these chain stores appears to be Jordan’s. J.J’s has a very similar menu. It is a very small place. It is primarily a take away place, they can only seat 4 people.
They offer several lunch specials for $5.99. All come with fries and a drink. That was my first exposure to J.J’s. I was in the area and starving so I stopped and ordered his wing and catfish combo. I received 3 medium size chicken wings with a filet, fries and a drink. $5.99.
I think Pat was dubious of my pick. They sell Italian Beef sandwiches; and I know Pat likes those.
Sometimes I am a sucker for fried fish; especially Ocean Perch. So I got the Perch and fries special.
I really enjoyed it. The fish was nicely done. Too many places think that fish has to be fried hard to be done. They do a very good job with their fish. Both flaky and tender. This place isn’t too far from me so I can see myself getting some carry out dinners here. The prices are more than reasonable.
Also don’t worry about the area. I am sure some folks still see it as the old Dodge City, but remember that Goose the Market is a few blocks South on Delaware. This area is in the midst of “gentrification”. For better or worse the hood is changing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
This picture looks other-worldly doesn’t it. I took it with my Android phone in their parking lot at 11:45 to-day. The sky was clear and the sun was out, and the temperature was about 30. I have no idea why it turned out that way. I like it though.
Art’s is a joint that is open from 6 AM to 4 PM M-S. Their main service is breakfast, with their speciality being skillets. These are one pan dishes loaded with potatoes,veggies and meat of your choosing and then topped with eggs and cheese. They also have lunch dishes as well. Some friends recommended Art’s to us after they had weekend brunch there. We could not figure out whether we wanted breakfast or lunch. While we debated we ordered a giant cinnamon bun to share for $3.75.
This “bun” was a good 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall and delicious. It was served warm and soft and so delicate I couldn’t believe it was at a joint on Pendleton Pike. This is a must order for any trip here.
Pat and I eventually decided on luncheon fare. Pat a grilled cheese with American and Swiss cheese,bacon, tomato and avocado on whole wheat bread for $6.99.
That day they were offering fried Perch,with potatoes,slaw and tartar sauce for $9.99. I am hot and cold as far as fried food goes;especially fried fish. Today I figured that if Art went to the trouble of buying some Perch and making some breading I felt as though I should do my part and buy some.
I was served 2 large and meaty pieces with a crisp breading. The fish was nicely done and very tasty. I would order it again,if I were in a fried fish-eating mood. I think with the right bun this would make a great sandwich. Fish,lettuce and tomato and some slaw on top instead of the tarter. The tarter was quite respectable but the slaw was very creamy. Creamier than what I make or what I am used to,but that was why it stuck out to me. Pat thought it too creamy. I thought it nice change. The fries were just fries,in quantity. Pat gave me some of his peasant potatoes to try. They were nice crisp potato squares with almost too much salt. Frankly I thought they were too clean. No oil,no grease. I like my breakfast potatoes to have some residue of butter or bacon fat, not a swim just a joyful little dip. But for most folks the drier the better,I get it.
So this little joint;I think it is located in an old Captain D’s Fish House;is definite a place you want to hit for breakfast or lunch. It is well staffed and clean and they have super nice outdoor seating. It is right on Pendleton Pike and all of its traffic but it is far enough back in a shopping center lot that traffic won’t be an issue;even in the summer. Oh they have French Toast made from their Cinnamon Buns. What more can I say.
Well, back to Wanamaker. This Wheatley’s place is very well-known and highly thought of in Wanamaker, and elsewhere. It started out as a grocery store but has since turned to cooking the food before they sell it. It has the oddest hours though. They are only open for business Friday, all day for a fish fry. Saturday morning for biscuits and gravy and Sunday morning for breakfast and fried chicken dinners for the after church lunch crowd. And even with those restrictions they are seasonal; closing up in October. We missed out last year and we were bound and determined to check it out this year. Now, I surely do not understand the fuss. From what people had to say about the food I expected some gum smacking’, salivating fried goodness. Well not quite. It was pretty average. We both had too high of expectations. The fish appeared to be ocean perch. However one review said they used pollock. I am pretty sure it was perch but I think it was priced a little high for what you got. The dinner was $10.49; for 3 pieces of fish, crinkle cut fries, a solo of cole slaw and a portion of so-called baked beans. Oh, and a hush puppie. One hush puppy. The pups were house made and pretty good, with corn kernels mixed in. You could buy them ala carte. A quarter each or 5 for $1. You waited in line to place your order. The fried stuff was stocked under heat lamps and your order was placed into a to go box; whether you carried out or ate in. And then you got a seat at one of several picnic tables in one of two large rooms or outside on a covered patio.
The fish may have been crisp when it was put into the box but once that lid was closed even the short walk to a seat sort of wilted it a bit.
If you look real close you can see the hush puppy under the fish, at the bottom.
I just had to take a picture of one of the tables. They all had seats like that. Have you ever seen such seats. Pat was a little more frugal than I. After all it was his turn to buy. He ordered a 3 piece fish with fries for $7.99.
So neither one of us were too impressed with the fish fry. However they do have desert. Home made pies and cake. I did not take any pictures of the desert case; because we would be tempted to buy something. My O my the cakes were 6 inches of chocolate delight. And they had a deep dish apple pie that stood a full 5 inch high. Truly this joint is sort of a case where they show a whole Lotta’ hat and no cattle. Like the joint last week.http://www.wheatleysfishfry.com/