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Wolfies Grill

30 Mar

Two friends had made their way to Wolfies and as they dined, they texted and said “it reminds me of your homeland!” So when hubs and I were out running errands, we decided to get to give it a try and see if it had some Wisconsin love in both atmosphere and food. We had noticed it another time when doing a few errands in the area, but it wasn’t open at that point. Tucked back in the shopping area of 116th Street and Keystone, you may need to weave a bit through the streets to give it a try.It looked liked a Northwoods type of atmosphere from outside – so far, it fit the description.

When we made our way inside, we entered into the main dining room area. Set with many tables, including low and high bar tables and televisions all over with a long bar on one end, it was cozy and comfortable. Dark, wood interior and forest green in color, the rich color palate made it even more comfortable with the woodsy feel of a lake house or log cabin. There was also a side room with a fireplace and a lot of comfortable seating. A great place to sit and relax after a long day.

We were immediately sat as the restaurant was not busy at all. I was glad to see the service was quick and attentive because of this. Our server greeted us with a smile and reviewed the menu as we expressed it was our first time. We ordered a drink and a few items to sink our teeth into. I was jonesing for nachos – it is my weakness – so I knew we were going to order them if they were on the menu. And yes, they have nachos, but not any type of nachos. Buffalo chicken nachos. Even as I write this, I’m still not quite sure how I feel about them. I was really excited, but I wasn’t blown away. The chips were covered with buffalo sauce and chunks of chicken. Though there could have been more chicken, there was plenty of lettuce and tomatoes, all of good standard, and this ranch sauce drizzled over the top. I’m a bleu cheese girl when it comes to my buffalo, so maybe to have that melted in with the cheddar would have gotten me to love these. Some chips were crispy, others not so much as they soaked in the buffalo. I’m still indifferent on these, but I’d probably order them again to give it another go as I l0ve the concept.

When hubs see pretzel, he’s sold. He quickly decided that a few more appetizers would round out his meal as the pretzel breadsticks were calling his name something fierce. They were doughy, soft and tender on the inside, but subtly had that crisp pull on the exterior. They had a great flavor too, and with the queso,  it was a match made in heaven. I couldn’t help but dip them in a little ranch too (yes, I stole one despite hubs hungry eyes) and enjoyed every bite. The wings he ordered, hot in flavor, were absolutely delicious. The hotness factor could have been amped up as they weren’t really spicy, but the crispy fried chicken crunched as your teeth sunk into the tender meat. I love wings when you can really taste the chicken and the sauce just gives it a little boost. I would definitely order the wings again, though with bleu cheese dressing rather than the ranch served with it.

I ordered the bacon blue chicken sandwich. Crispy bacon, lots of pungent bleu cheese and a good cut of chicken, it was a large sandwich. From all of the appetizers, I really only took two bites and saved it for dinner that night (it heated well – sans veggie and bun of course). The chicken was grilled, leaving a little too many charred bites. But the chicken itself was extremely tender and  I liked the classic combination of bleu cheese and bacon. A Caesar dressing mayo was applied generously to the hearty bun and added a nice flair to the sandwich that I wasn’t anticipating. And with that said, ignore the menu description of the mayo as it is a misprint. As for my side, our server recommended the mac and cheese, so I took her up on it. I was happy to see it was baked with a crisp topping but still creamy, cheesy and decadent. Nothing outside of a box, it was clearly homemade and seasoned correctly (sometimes mac can be too salty, just my opinion, due to the overload of cheese). It was a nice substitute for the regular fries. It was quite a large side though, which is another reason I didn’t eat the sandwich.

We clearly ate too much, despite not finishing anything on the table. But the food was good, the atmosphere homey and comfortable, and the service friendly. As mentioned, there wasn’t a lot of people in the restaurant, so staff were chatting more openly than I think they would with one another on a regular day, though this didn’t bother me. The televisions were great around the restaurant – lots to see from many angles – and there is plenty of room in the restaurant. On a busy night, it could potentially get really loud though. Pricing was reasonable and average as our final bill came to $43 before tax and tip. This also included a soda and 16oz Alpha King beer.

There are locations in Fishers and Noblesville too. I would assume the environment and food is similar, but can’t be certain on that. They clearly took the same menus as the Carmel menu says “Coming soon to Carmel”, so those could probably be updated. But I enjoyed our luncheon and would head back for a casual evening. Who else has been? What are your thoughts?

Wolfies Grill * 1162 Keystone Way * Carmel, 46032 * 317.844.9070

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Chatham Tap

28 Mar

I was meeting up with two friends last weekend for lunch and we decided on Chatham Tap, which is right down the street from one of their homes.  I previously had drinks at the downtown location, but never a meal and was anxious to see what kind of sandwiches I could get my hands on.  My stomach was growling…

Though March Madness and fútbol were both on, the place still had plenty of tables available.  A great pub-like atmosphere, we grabbed a seat at a tall boy in the bar area and caught up while reviewing the menu.  I debated between many sandwiches (while glancing at the pizza list) and wasn’t disappointed with the many options that were available.  I decided to go veg and ordered a smoked Gouda and Apple Melt.

The food came quickly (which was good for the rumbling stomach of mine) and I immediately began munching on the sweet potato fries I had ordered as my side.  At an additional price (I believe it was about $1.25 more) you have the opportunity to order fries or onion rings.  I love sweet potato fries, and these had a good crisp outer edge to the sweet tasting potato.  Slightly salted, they were a good accompaniment to the sandwich.  The sandwich was crispy but cheesy at the same time.  Tart, green apples balanced smokey cheese while maintaining their crispness despite being grilled.  The bad part?  It was very greasy.  Yes, it was a melt, but I prefer for the butter to be not be so predominant when it is grilled leaving your hands covered with grease.  Don’t get me wrong, the sandwich was still good, but it was a little greasy going down and I anticipated it to be a tad bit lighter rather than so indulgent (especially after my Sunday workout.)

Though this review is for the Fishers location, I’d like to point out there is a location in downtown Indy on Mass Ave.  I believe that is the original location, and they have a great patio for those warm summer nights.  I’ve had a bite of their cheeseburger pizza and have plans of having it again in the future.

Chatham Tap * 8211 E. 96th Street * Fishers, IN * 317.845.1090

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Welcome to City Nom Noms!

26 Jan

Stuffed Breadsticks 3WiseMen, Broad Ripple)

What is City Nom Noms?  It is my love of food shared with all of you.  After receiving questions of “what did you like here” or “have you eaten here yet,” I decided to explore more and more throughout this city.  I chalk this up to my love of food – people know that I love to cook it, grow it, and most of all, eat it.

I appreciate the creativity in the art while loving that this necessity of life can be so much more than that.  Food is something that can connect us all – what is there not to love when you have a plate full of nom noms?

In short, my other blog, Entertaining Life Daily, was becoming complicated.  I needed to get clearer direction, so I’m shifting restaurant reviews to this new blog.  I’ll concentrate only on the restaurant industry and leave my “in the kitchen” moments to the other blog.  Here are just a few of my past reviews to get you started:

Pad See Ewe (Sawasdee, Indy)

As I write, I’d also like to note that these opinions are all my own.  We can agree or agree to disagree.  I think it is obvious that taste buds differ by individuals – I appreciate that.  I hope my readers will too.

Soft Shell Crab Po'Boy (The Bar at the Ambassador, Indy)

City Nom Noms, though focused on Indianapolis, will also venture to other cities.  Don’t be surprised when you see Green Bay, Boston or Seattle pop up – just to name a few.

This is it.  Well, it is a work in progress at this point, but reviews of my noshing through the city will be posted soon! I hope you will enjoy my adventure, and I look forward to making new friends (hopefully not too many enemies) through the dining experience.

Happy noshing!