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Tavern on South

26 Jan

I was downtown with a few friends for the Super Bowl volunteer pep rally; we were early and all hungry. Since I’m not around Lucas stadium very often, I’m not really aware of what is around the immediate area. The group I was with looked to me for a suggestion, and then I remembered from being down there earlier in the week to pick up my uniform, Tavern on South is right around the corner. I have tried to dine at Tavern a few times but can never get in due to private parties. This time around, we were able to get in without a wait.

Due to the event on hand, I anticipated to wait. Most of the tables were full, but we were fortunate to be immediately sat. Our server quickly followed and grabbed our drink order while we reviewed the menu. I had ordered the Triton Brewery’s gingerbread brown ale, only one of the several local breweries they have on draft. An impressive bar is available and takes up half of the restaurant on the first floor for anyone who is interested. Overall, it seemed like a modern, upscale sports bar with many tv’s to watch any game you are looking to catch.

I wasn’t starving, so I opted for a ‘sandwich’: the baked brie and chicken quesadilla. I really wished I was hungry because I had been wanting to try a few things since it was my first time there. The food was quick to the table, which was good for my hungry table mates. The wheat tortilla had a satisfying flavor, something that was a bit more than a regular, white tortilla. Melted brie was abundant, though the flavor was very subtle. I expected more out of the cheese and can’t figure out why the flavor wasn’t there. The chicken was strong in a rich, smoky taste. I learned that the smoked meats are done so in house, which I much appreciate. Overall, my favorite part of the dish was the ‘Indiana’ salsa. I have no idea why it was titled that, but the mix of tomatoes, red onions, corn and beans were a great combination for the smoky chicken. What could have been heavy with cheese was lightened up with the salsa.

I was surprised by the interior, expecting a more modern look and feel from the outdoor signage. But it wasn’t a bad surprise; it still had a subtle upscale feel with a laid back, casual atmosphere while producing a menu of promising items. I am interested in returning to try a few more, as my friends were raving over their dishes of shrimp enchiladas, bison burger and pork tenderloin sliders on pretzel rolls.

Who else has recently been here? What did you have, and what were your thoughts?

Tavern on South * 423 W. South Street * Downtown Indy, 46225 * 317.602.3115

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Kilroy’s

28 Jun

Bestie and I were making our way to a show, so we stopped at Kilroy’s for a quick dinner.  I had dined here before with hubs and wasn’t overly impressed, but thought another go was in order.  It was packed but we were lucky enough to find a seat.  Unfortunately, our server didn’t find us for quite a while.  Though frustrating, it helped me decide what I really wanted for dinner and allowed time to review the massive list of Long Island iced tea pitchers they offer as drinks.

We decided to share a small order of their breadsticks because we both remembered how delicious they were last time we had them.  I really enjoy these breadsticks, stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni.  The flavors are exactly what I look for in a stuffed breadstick.  The dough is tender and stretches perfectly with the cheese, but has the perfectly crisp outer layer to munch into.  The pepperoni is flavorful, a perfect accompaniment to the nacho cheese (which is standard) and marinara (same thing, standard).

For dinner, I had the fish and chips.  Nothing but disappointment here, I have to admit, the worst fish and chips I’ve had.  The breading was horrible, thick and overwhelming.  The fish was non-existent within it.  I tried to peel away the breading only to find a feeble piece of overcooked fish.  When the server cleared my plate, it looked like I hadn’t even touched it because the breading was still intact with just the fish removed.  To make the experience even more appalling, the server didn’t ask how I ‘enjoyed’ dinner.  She just cleared the plates and disappeared again without concern.

Service was slow and I left completely dissatisfied.  If I return, I will only be ordering appetizers and drinks at the bar.  I should have stuck to my original plan and just concentrated on an appetizer for dinner.

Kilroy’s * 201 S. Meridian * Indy, 46225 * 317.638.9464

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BARcelona Tapas (Devour Downtown)

2 Feb

Hubs and I met up with three friends for lunch at Barcelona Tapas to take advantage of the Devour Downtown menu on a Saturday.  We had wanted to fill our stomach’s with some great food before heading over to the Winterfest and thought tapas would be a good way to go.

For an appetizer, we started off with the only option of the Queso de Cabra Al Horno – goat cheese and marinara.  I love goat cheese, and this was an ice cream scoop sized portion.  Slightly charred under the broiler, the cheese had a hint of color and was warm and creamy.  This sat in a pool of warm marinara sauce.  The sauce was seasoned well, light in taste of tomatoes and slightly chunky in texture.  A heavy dose of red pepper flakes were sprinkled over the dish giving it the spice that I adore.  The garlic bread that was served with it was a great dipper – crisp and lightly toasted.  We had run out of bread before the marinara/cheese mixture, so I asked for just a few more to finish the dish.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get the bread for another 15 minutes and by that time, had already moved on.  I would later find out that we were charged for a full order of garlic bread – $3.95 – on our final bill as well.  We had also ordered the Alcachofas Fritas - fried artichokes with Romesco sauce and Manchego cheese.  The artichokes were lightly fried with a thin breading.  I enjoyed the lightness and the contrast of the garlic rich Romesco sauce.  The salt of the Manchego matched the artichokes well, but I could only eat a few as the portion was quite larger than anticipated.

The following three courses you were given the option between two dishes.  Hubs and I opted for the Pincho de Maruno – pork brochette with curry mayonnaise (the other option was garlic shrimp).  The pork was tender and had defined grill marks which matched the smoky flavor of the meat.  The curry mayonnaise wasn’t as heavy in curry flavor as I would have liked, and it boasted only a rich, creamy mayonnaise taste.  There was also a sauce, that I assume was the marinade of the pork, as it matched the flavor of the meat.

Our next course was Trigueros con Romesco – grilled asparagus with Romesco sauce and Manchego cheese.  The asparagus, though crisp and well cooked, was extremely salty for my taste buds.  And the salt was only elevated with the salty Romesco and Manchego cheese that adorned the dish.  Even the slice of lemon couldn’t completely cut that seasoning, and I ended up only have a portion of my share.

The fourth course,  Paella Valencia, consisted of well cooked valencia rice with a touch of saffron.  The saffron was so mild in flavor, it could have used a bit more seasoning.  And when you throw mussels, shrimp and salmon into the mix, they’ll soak up all those flavors, so to me, I would have liked a bit more.   I’m a salmon lover, but this was too fishy and overdone.  The mussels were great, sweet and tender in taste.  The shrimp was slightly overdone, but still good.  The chicken seemed to be mostly thigh meat and had good flavor.  I was disappointed in the chorizo, and after a bite of it, pushed it to the side due to a sharp and unpleasant flavor.

From my previous dining experience, I knew I wanted the churros for dessert.  The lightly fried pastry dough was coated in a sweet cinnamon and sugar dusting.  There were two fillings, one caramel and the other strawberry.  I preferred the sweet caramel, especially dipping it into the warm chocolate sauce.  Both were delightful, and despite having a full stomach, we ate them up.

Overall, the food was decent.  I was disappointed to see that the menu was the same as it was last year, not to mention, something they feature every Tuesday.  But for anyone who hasn’t been there, know that you can get it every week.  In the future, I will know not to participate in Devour with Barcelonas as the deal is there all the time.  We both ate for $30, which is reasonable (don’t forget the additional cost of the garlic bread) for the food we were given. However, I was disappointed in the service.  For a Saturday afternoon, they weren’t busy but our service still took an incredibly long time.  We waited sometimes 15-20 minutes between courses, sometimes even that amount to order our next course as our server didn’t take our full order initially.

Though I love the churros, goat cheese and their sangria, I don’t see myself dining there again for a full meal.  Maybe after work for a light snack and drink, but I would need to be downtown during the work wee for that to happen.

I did see via twitter that many of the restaurants participating in Devour are extending their Devour menu until February 9 due to the winter storm Indy has been getting.  So make those reservations, there is still time for the weekend!

Barcelona Tapas * 201 North Delaware * Indy * 317.638.8272

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