Well we went back to Irvington to try a new Vietnamese joint that opened right next to Batters. They have a restaurant in Westfield, by the same name and evidently business is good.
Like most Asian places around here they have excellent lunch specials all in the sub $7 range and all come with a choice of egg roll, spring roll or soup. To start things off we decided on a fish cake appetizer for 6 bucks.
These are shredded fish and potato cakes and are pretty good. They have a nice flavor with the slightest hint of spice on the back-end. They have an odd texture. By odd I don’t mean off-putting or gross I merely mean it is unique to me. I enjoyed them but I think I would have liked a more assertive sauce. They served a Mae Ploy sauce; that ubiquitous bottled sweet chili that is so popular. It is a fine sauce just rather sweet for these cakes.
After our app we got our spring rolls. I prefer spring rolls over egg rolls possibly because they aren’t fried.
These were big, nicely constructed and full of “stuff”. One complaint is the peanut sauce. Too thick and too sweet. It was like a little dish of pudding. However that is a very small complaint compared to the size of the spring roll.
Pat chose from the stir fry section of the special menu.
I had to go with Pho. I mean the place has Pho in its name. Normally I would get a beef Pho. Thin slices of raw beef in the broth. However this time I thought I would be adventurous and go with meatball . Asian meatballs are different from Western meatballs in that the meat is pounded not minced and adding fish to the beef and, or pork is not uncommon. Every bowl of Pho must have a plate of garishment.
This plate was a bit light compared to some Pho I have had. It consisted of a lime wedge, 2 jalapeno slices some basil and a whole bunch of mung bean sprouts.
This was a very good bowl of food. I would be happy to try it again if I were in the area and hackering for a Pho fix. The food is not so unique as to make this a destination. However if your normal joint is getting boring give this a try. Or if you are in the Irvington area for some of the Christmas festivities give it a try. If I lived here I would be ecstatic that they moved in. Just one more option for lunch or dinner.
Well we headed back to Beech Grove today to visit our favorite range at Beech Grove Firearms. Subsequently we wanted a place close by to eat. Well, since the Grove is not quite the dining destination for Indy our choses were rather limited. This joint was recommended by one of Pat’s neighbors. And it proved to be pretty good.
It’s located in a strip mall close to an Inter-State exchange and surrounded by a plethora of fast food eateries. And judging by the speed at which out food came out Egg Roll fit right in. The interior was bright, and large. And it has the charm of a Wal-Mart. I don’t mean that in a nasty or snarky way I just mean the place is utilitarian and not at very “cozy”.
You order and pay at a counter, then sit and the staff brings you your food. I ordered an appetizer combo to share for $5.99.
It consisted of 2 crab Rangoon, 2 wonton, a beef stick ( that’s the kabob looking thing in the center ) an egg roll and 2 chicken wings. The Rangoon was unique in the fact that it wasn’t overloaded with cream cheese and you could actually detect a morsel, that I assume was crab. The wonton wasn’t as flavorful as I expected. They were actually pretty bland. The beef stick was pretty lackluster as well. Three pieces of tasty but tough beef stuck on a stick with 2 tiny pieces of green pepper and carrot. As for the wings, nothing exceptional. Now that leaves the egg roll. It wasn’t that bad, but I have had a lot better.
For my “main” course I got a soft noodle combo dish. That is a big plate of spaghetti, stir fried with beef, pork, shrimp and chicken and veggies all in a sauce of unknown ingredients. This was very tasty. I can’t say the same for the rather run of the mill rice that came with it. This dish, because it was a bigger portion than the lunch specials and it came on a real ceramic plate, not one of paper it cost $7.75.
They don’t offer menus. The food offerings are posted on the wall behind the order counter. And to the right of the counter is the obligatory pictures of the dishes.
Probably the coolest thing about this joint is the price of the lunch specials-$4.50. That includes an egg roll and a cup of soup. Pat being ever the frugal shopper ordered a lunch special.
So my friends. In summation I don’t think you can go too wrong eating here. The food is pretty good and the prices are more than reasonable. I might suggest you try the Pho; and let me know about it. I had wanted to try it but I became a deer in the head lights when it came my time to order. Maybe some other time. Egg Roll #1 Pho #1 4540 S. Emerson Ave. http://www.eggroll1.com/
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