I found this place on a net search. I thought that such a clever name needed further study.
The Paleo Diet is an eating plan that tries to duplicate the eating habits of our ancestors; 10000 years ago. In other words food a hunter gatherer would consume. That means no grains, legumes or dairy. The owner came up with the idea because members of her own family have some food allergies and she thought Paleo could be an answer. Not all the menu is Paleo but it has a few items and if our lunch is an indication all of it is delicious.
I was tempted to order beans and rice and chicken and noodles two of their non Paleo dishes for $3.95 each. However once I learned that the meatloaf was just out of the oven I could not resist.
I know I said that I would never order mac & cheese out again but I just had to try theirs. I am glad I did. This was creamy and cheesy with a slightly crisp top. A great partner to the meatloaf. As for the meatloaf I thought it was delicious as well. It was seasoned perfectly and I loved that it had a bit of ketchup on the top. When you took a bite you would taste the savory gravy and then a taste of vinegary sweetness from the ketchup.
Both of our entres were $10.99; drink included. After consuming my meatloaf I was beguiled into ordering a piece of cheese cake, for $4.
This wasn’t a cheese cake that you would get at GFS or Sysco this was scratch made by the owner’s cousin. It was thick and rich without being overly sweet. I don’t know that I have had better.
Every thing in this little joint is made from scratch. The food is excellent and the prices are good and the only thing left to comment on is the staff. The folks here are wonderful. They went out of their way to make us truly feel at home. It was like eating at a friend’s house. It is a shame it is so far from me. I will try to get back soon.
When Pat called Wednesday he told me he had a taste for beef; pot roast, cow. After little research I thought Big Daddy’s fit the criteria. We have been here some time ago in the pre blog days. They have an extensive menu offering pot roast nachos, a pot roast sandwich and even a pot roast quesadilla as well as the usual bar fare.
I was tempted with their pot roast Manhattan special for $8.95. For you non Hoosiers a Manhattan is an open-faced sandwich served with mashed potatoes and smothered in gravy. Very tasty but too much food for me in the Summer.At least for lunch. I followed Pat’s lead and ordered a burger. A plain burger for $7.99. I added cheddar for $.79 and bacon for $.99
I had the same problem as Pat with my burger. It was a bit overcooked as well. However that wasn’t as big a deal as was the blandness of the meat. I think they may want to add a house seasoning to their list of kitchen essentials. On the plus side was the house chips. Pat declined his because of the carbs which just forced him to eat mine. Here they get the potatoes waffle cut from a local vendor and fry them in-house. They were great. The best chip I have had. Hands down.
As I commented in the beginning they have an extensive menu so a bland burger won’t keep me away. As for pricing Pat’s burger was about 12 bucks and mine was less than $10. That may seem high for the South side but as Pat noted their closest competitors are no more. That may have been an incentive to goose the prices a bit. I don’t know. Another way to look at it is that you may get Downtown pricing but you also get free parking. As for the service it was stellar. They were having a busy service yet our service took it in stride and kept everything flowing nicely. Another plus are the beer specials. Wednesday they had 24 ounce draft light beers for $3.75. Now that is not at all Downtown pricing. So I can see my self back again. I just won’t order a burger.
Shelby Street is like a lot of streets in a lot of cities. A street that serves several small businesses and several older homes in various states. Some that show their age and others that seem ageless. In other words a working class neighborhood. Invariably such streets lead to a more hip destination. In this case Fountain Square. The intersection of Shelby and Virginia Avenue. This whole area has a bunch of really nice joints. And its share of non-fancy joints. The kind that the cool kids don’t go to. Pat and I try to hit both sides of the street. The hip, and the not so hip.
We are admitted cheer leaders for the Mom & Pop joint. The joints that never get the publicity or fanfare that some joints enjoy. Sometimes it is deserved and sometimes it is an oversight.
I think EJ’S fits the latter; more than the former. Originally it was called Ma & Pa’s Cafe. You can see that on the menu and as well as the house car.
Yep, those two rake looking things are eye lashes. Cute.
Thursday was a typical Indiana day in January. Snowy, cold and icy. The sort of day that makes you wish your ancestors had settled farther South. So both of their specials hit home. Ham and beans and cornbread, or pot roast. I felt some lovin’ from the oven so I ordered Pot Roast.
My plate came out sporting more of a beef stew look. Nice chunks of beef, carrot and potato in a rich brown gravy. They even threw in a monkey dish of green beans. It seems that they use a chuck roast, and stewed or braised it down slowly, gently and long. It was so tender you could eat it with a spoon. The ‘taters and carrot were equally nice. The beans were Ho Hum. But I got some bread and butter to sop up the sauce. It wasn’t haute’ cuisine, but it was very tasty, and filling and only $5.25.
Pat passed on the special and opted for a double cheese burger with a baked potato. For $4.99.
I put the scans of the menu on the Urbanspoon page for EJ’S Diner. It is small and pretty straight forward. It is opened from 6 AM to 2 PM so you can get breakfast all day. They offer scratch made lunch specials and soups and the prices are definitely right. So if you’re hungry for down home cooking you know where you can go.