21 Mar

Broad Ripple has many restaurants, from fine dining to casual, it is sometimes difficult to keep up. At least for me, since I dwell in the ‘burbs and don’t go south of 82nd as often as I would like. But as I work in (north) Indianapolis, I sometimes get to Broad Ripple for lunch with colleagues. This past week was one of those times, and someone suggested Taste. I had driven by, never been, and thought it was the perfect time to give it a try.

We arrived early, approximately 11:30ish, due to a few meetings and conference calls we all had in the afternoon at our respective places of employment. So when we arrived, there was only a slight line with a lot of open tables. An open seating restaurant, Taste embraces the concept of counter ordering and then delivering food to the corresponding table number you are given upon ordering. I liked the casual environment as well as the mix of the crowd of who was dining. We sauntered up to the counter and perused the menu while we waited in line.

Now, this counter of sweet treats smiles at you as you try to avoid eye contact and stare up at the menu. Then the smell of the freshly baked bread and cinnamon rolls meander their way to your nose. Suddenly, you find your eyes wandering. I have no idea how I stayed strong, but I did. Heck, I even ended up ordering a salad as my main dish. As I successfully avoided the sweets, I also noticed all the eclectic yet homey items on the menu. I definitely want to make it back for breakfast as there were some items screaming my name. But instead, a salad it was. I’d like to take a minute to mention you can build your own salad from quite a variety of items, but I opted to pick one already put together for me.

But to start the excitement of our luncheon meeting, one of my colleagues ordered deviled eggs to begin as well as the pommes frites. As I silently jumped for joy (I knew we’d be splitting these), we made our way to the table and waited patiently. The two ‘appetizer side dishes’ arrived first, and we dived in. The deviled eggs were creamy with a rich yolk and mustard taste, yet sharpened with a dill flavor. They were great, though a bit pricey for half an egg at $1.25. But it was a treat that I’d probably get again (a variety of eggs would be an even better treat though!)

The pommes frites were thing and crispy, everything that I want in a fry of this variation. Salted with thick, kosher salt and seasoned with black pepper, the seasoning was moderate thus complimenting the salty fried taste that is expected. A basil aiole was served to mellow down any salty flavor one might have (though I didn’t see it apparent by any means) and added a slightly elevated scale to otherwise normal fry. I liked the bright contrast of the basil, and the creamy texture played nicely with the crisp fry.

As for the main event, I had ordered chopped salad. First off, the portion was quite big. And it wasn’t all romaine like I anticipated, but a good mix of the toppings that sometimes make people to perceive salads as unhealthy. However, that wasn’t really my thought as I began to break apart the whole side of corn, straight of the cob. I bet in the summer the corn adds a depth of sweetness, but this time around, I wasn’t getting it. ::sigh:: Seasons. But the pungent bleu cheese flavor played well with the other expected flavors of sharp red onion and smokey bacon. I did like the tart green apple that were chopped within the salad and the lightness that the sherry vinaigrette provided the greens. Overall, it was a good, solid salad. I wasn’t blown away, maybe should have gone with my second choice, but it was still a good salad.

Overall, a great menu that seemed moderately priced as cafes go. I look forward to getting back (maybe for breakfast, though they do now serve dinner) and ‘tasting’ a few other things on the menu. Yup, I went there. With a name like Taste, how could one resist?

Taste Cafe * 5164 N. College Avenue * Indy (Broad Ripple), 46205 * 317).925.cafe

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4 Responses to “Taste”

  1. Tom H at 10:14 am #

    Shhh! Taste is one of our favorites – and it doesnt need to get any busier 😉 Have also been meaning to go for dinner, but the nights they serve it do not always work that well… and the cost of entry is far more prohibitive than their breakfast and lunch (and for example, it looks like the price of the frites go up substantially – and I cant visit taste and not order some!). Cheers -tom

    • City Nom Noms at 2:39 pm #

      Thanks for reading Tom! I could see why you would have to order those frites whenever you go – delicious!

  2. Jessica in Noblesville at 11:31 pm #

    Love their BALT sandwich (bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato) schmeared with their aioli on a crunchy french baguette. Plus the fries, can’t forget the fries. And a take-home of beet salad.

    Unfortunately, my experience with service was disappointing. On my first visit, I was rocking a pair of crutches (I did not know it was an order-at-the-counter place) and the wait in the long lunch line was painful and awkward. Since my food was brought to my table, that wasn’t so bad. But I had half a sandwich and at least half the fries leftover. I asked the server about getting the rest to-go, and he pointed towards some vague place up by the counter and said I could go get a box. (ahem, see my crutches leaning on the chair?) I made it to the boxes, and while I was making my way slowly back to my table, trying not to drop and/or crush the box while maneuvering with the crutches, the same server started to clear my food from the table! I was able to stop him, and he had the nerve to say “You should have left your car keys on the table so I’d know you were coming back.” What? I just asked you for a to-go box, and you saw me hobbling across the place to get the box myself. And car keys, really? Perhaps I had done something to offend him, but prior to that my only interaction with him was when he delivered my food to the table. That one experience almost kept me from going back, but the BALT and fries keep calling my name.

    • City Nom Noms at 2:38 pm #

      Wow – that’s some service! Sorry to hear about that experience. I’m a big fan of service matching food, so hopefully it improves for you as you return for the BALT!

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