Tag Archives: Pub Food

Park Street Pub & Pizzeria

9 Feb

When our schedules permit, I’m sometimes able to meet hubs for lunch during the work week. This usually means a drive up to Westfield, and also means we need to dine at a casual and slightly speedy restaurant. The last time around, I opted to dine at a bar that I always pass on my way to pick him up: Park Street Pub & Pizzeria.

We grabbed a table in the subtle smokey atmosphere, which was easy to do as there weren’t many people there on the Friday afternoon. It was what I expected of a local bar. Nothing fancy, expect for the few signed photos around the restaurant of local and national celebrities and athletes. Mostly, beer posters and things you would expect to see on the walls of a bar. A few patrons sat at the bar, we were the only at a table. The bartender was not only the bartender, but also our server and cook. And she accomplished all of this with a friendly smile and speedy service.

We ordered fried pickles as our starter, and then I the special of the day, a chicken sub. Hubs settled on philly cheese steak. The fried pickles were pretty quick. A little dark from being over fried, they were hot to the touch, and pipping hot with the interior. They were spears, not chips, which is something that I prefer. They weren’t anything special – a simple batter that didn’t have a lot of flavor. But really, I anticipated that in the atmosphere we were in. A simple ranch dressing was served on the side, which was fine by me.

Hubs said his sandwich was good, but I didn’t give it a try. He did comment that the bread was good – whether it was made in house or bought from someone (which we both assumed.) It was slightly crunch on the outside, Vienna style, and tender on the inside. Melted mozzarella cheese was broiled on one side, while the other was piled with the fillings. He ate it all and said it was good bar food.

My sandwich was lack luster. I was debating on getting fried chicken strips, which I should have gotten rather than the sandwich. Because that is exactly what my sandwich was – three fried chicken tenders with lettuce, tomato and pickles. It was, once again, standard bar food. But, the bread that hubs had, I also had and it was quite filling. I enjoyed it with the fried chicken – nothing exotic about it. But it was what I expected, so I can’t really complain. We also received a large basket of fries since our sandwiches both came with them – I’m sure it was easier for them to be served that way. Nothing fancy, straight edge fries from a fryer.

Pub food was exactly what I expected, and exactly what we got. Cheap eats, cheap drinks and friendly atmosphere and staff. It was good for what we wanted it to be. I’m sure it is a great local hangout for the people of Westfield to enjoy – sounds like they were having a band and other fun things planned for the community. A quick bite to eat, simple and nothing fancy. There were a lot of pizzas listed, so I’m wondering what they would be like…

Park Street Pub & Pizzeria * 515 West Park Street * Westfield, 46074

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Carey Tavern

10 Dec

Hubby works in Westfield, so on the occasion I am able to meet him for lunch, I’m always looking for something casual but good. We decided to try Carey Tavern again. We had been there about a year ago, but I didn’t quite remember much about it. We ducked in and got a seat.

Out of the 40 or so seats at the bar, about half were taken by patrons. Maybe 10 tables, two were dirty, two were taken, and we found ourselves at one near the door. It is a bar – a smokey bar . Exposed brick on one side, dark paint on the opposite with pool tables, tables, bar and karaoke stage in between the walls. Nothing special, but not dirty like a bar can appear to be. We waited for a bit because the bartender, who was the only server, didn’t see us for a while. She was quite apologetic and was quick to serve when she realized we were waiting though.

Hubs ordered the Chicago sandwich. He had it before and enjoyed it, which is why he had ordered it again. I didn’t take a bite, and he didn’t comment on it much, so I won’t say too much about it. The only thing he mentioned was the bread was good. All I can say it did look like a good piece of bread, not right out of a standard sandwich bun package. His lack of comments lead me to believe it was a standard sandwich since he wasn’t raving or pushing the plate away.

Being back in Indiana after a week in Las Vegas (posts to come soon), I settled on an Indiana favorite – the pork tenderloin. I asked if it was made in house and the server said yes, so I gave it a go. It didn’t seem like the standard breading or form of a frozen tenderloin, so I’m inclined to think she was telling the truth. The tenderloin wasn’t pounded consistently, thicker in some areas while thinner in others, but it didn’t bother me. When eaten along, it was quite salty. But despite the fried salt taste, it had a crunchy breading and tender piece of meat. It was seasoned perfectly when eaten with the bun, lettuce, pickles, tomato and mayo that it was served with – the salt wasn’t overpowering then. Served with fries, these were lightly salted and fried to perfection. A good mix of fried crisp and tender potato filling, they were a good side for the fried sandwich.

Of course, the tenderloin was large – I don’t think I will ever encounter a small tenderloin. Hubs sandwich was quite large as well, so we were both very full as we left the restaurant a mere $20 later (included two drinks before tip).One thing to mention, they must be undergoing a menu change. Half of their menu was crossed off with black marker, and I did originally order something that was no longer on the menu – they just hadn’t crossed it off. Be aware that if you go soon, you may have limited choices.

It was solid food for a quick stop in. If I was in the area and wanted bar food, I would go back. But I wouldn’t be making any special trips to Westfield for Carey’s. Would be interested if anyone knows of other casual restaurants in Westfield that I should try when seeing hubs again for lunch. Has to be one hour limit and casual – welcome any suggestions!

Carey Tavern * 17421 Carey Road * Westfield, 46074 * 317.867.0397

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