This joint is a first for us. The food is cooked to order, but with pre- made product. They use a frozen crust and a ready-made sauce for the pizza. The pizza product comes from a well know purveyor that sells a good product. They also use an independent restaurant supply for the rest of their inventory.
We learned of this joint recently after visiting Jimbo’s BBQ. Actually this was where we heard of Soul Bear’s. The hook to us was the fact they were just blocks from the BBQ and they offered $1 domestic bottles on Wednesday. As for the reason we decided to eat here was solely because of Danielle. She waits tables, tends bar and cooks the food all with an amazing amount of energy and humor. She told us she wanted to go to a Culinary School but was having second thoughts. Her attitude about cooking and tending to the customers is very refreshing. She does everything to the best of her ability which is very exciting to see. That is why we opted to have lunch here. There are several joints that have one person doing it all. Serving drinks and cooking food and they are all independently owned and they deserve some attention as well as a Gastropub.
Staying with the “sausage” motif I opted for a corn dog as my app.
It was pretty dark in the bar so my pictures are less that stellar. For my “main dish” I chose a Stromboli. As Danielle explained it to me she prepares the sandwich the same as a deluxe pizza. Ground meat, sauce, peppers,onions, mushrooms, pepperoni and cheese all on a toasted Hoagie bun. All of the pizza product comes from Delco Foods, a well know supplier of Italian food products. This sandwich was a big hit. The bun was exceptional and the toast was just right. It hit all the right notes and went down quickly. For $6 it was a bargain.
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.
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.
I know glass blocks are to decor as white bucks are to men’s shoes, but here they work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well South of Chicago, take notice there is a Hoosier right here in Naptown that cooks a pretty mean hunk of beef. The Fresco Italian Sandwich Shoppe actually has 2 locations. One in the Marsh Grocery at 320 N. New Jersey and the other at 310 W. Michigan. On the canal. Since it was raining we opted for the New Jersey location. The joint has only been opened about three years. It is run by 2 brothers using their Dad’s recipes. And these recipes are golden. Their signature Italian beef is easily as tasty as South of Chicago’s. Fresco might have a slight edge in that they offer their sandwiches as a 4 inch half or an 8 inch whole.
We started off splitting a small Caprese Salad. He uses Roma tomatoes from a local Farmers Market, uses a local Mozzarella cheese and grows his own Basil. So needless to say the salad was fresh and delicious.
I was torn between the beef and the meatball. The owner suggested I get the beef and he would give us a sample of meatball to try. So how could I not accept such a generous offer. Again all I can say is the beef is easily as tasty as South of Chicago. On that Pat and I were in agreement. He “discovered” this place when he was shopping and had already tried a half of a beef sandwich. I might suggest you get yours dipped. The Gonnella bun soaks up all the tasty jus and still keeps its shape. A lesser roll would dissolve. As for the meat ball and accompanying red sauce it too was excellent, and on the same level as the beef.
So I can’t think of anymore to add. Except this. If you like Good Italian Beef now you have a second place to score. In addition if Caprese or meatballs are your thing then this has to be at the top of your list.