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City Nom Noms on the Move: An Update

21 Jul

When thinking up City Nom Noms, I purposely avoided calling it anything Indianapolis related. I did this because I knew I wasn’t going to be living in Indy forever. I didn’t know when a change would happen, I just knew it would. And that time is now.

For those who don’t follow me on twitter or haven’t seen this announcement elsewhere, I’m sure you were thinking that something was happening (or that I just gave up on blogging. Honestly, I haven’t given up eating!) Well, something has happened in mine and hubs life – we have made a move to Atlanta.

Yes, HOTlanta. This Wisconsin native and northern lady has packed her bags and accepted a new job with a company based out of Atlanta. You can read more here, but just know that there are many restaurants I’m going to miss in Indy. So many great (and yes, there were some not so great) times to be eaten in Indy. The scene is booming and there are many restaurants and chefs that I will miss because of their greatness.

For all the reasons I’ll be missing the food, they are the same reasons I’m excited about this new adventure. After all, it isn’t just about the excitement of the new job, new city and new home. The culinary adventures that lie ahead are so exciting as there are many I’ve been wanting to try. Richard Blais does live here after all. Can’t. Wait.

What does that mean for City Nom Noms? Well, I’m going to keep writing. Obviously, the focus may shift to Atlanta, but I’ve always written about trips and my travels around the country. I’ll continue this trend, but know that you’ll see a big shift from Indy to Atlanta area.

Thank you to all of my readers for this past year. I hope that you keep reading and continue to utilize City Nom Noms as a resource in the future.

And, in case you were wondering, The Local for my last meal when I was in Indy. Delish. And my first restaurant here in Atlanta? I’m visiting Flip tonight. Stay tuned…here I come Richard!

The Local Eatery & Pub (Return)

29 Feb

I normally don’t return to restaurants this quickly, but there is something about The Local that I adore. Is it the casual gastropub atmosphere? The local ingredient love? Maybe. But it could also be because their food is unique, home felt, and good. Hubs and I, despite not falling fast for the food from our first time, did in a weird kind of way anyway. I haven’t really felt that way about a restaurant in quite sometime – thus, our return so quickly. We were on our way to a movie, just going to grab something casual and quick. But then we drove by The Local and our heads nodded towards one another in silent agreement.

It wasn’t busy at all unlike the last time. But it was also a Monday after the Super Bowl. The one woman working the front of the house was fast and friendly – she was fantastic. Our order was taken, our drinks were delivered, and we got comfortable. This time, we were seated on the bar side. I still loved the atmosphere and feel of the restaurant from this angle.

From a few other Indy food bloggers, I threw down and said we had to order the goat cheese. I wasn’t messing around since I’m a lover of all things cheese. And I have to say, I am happy I threw down. The goat cheese was phenomenal. At first, we scoffed at the large amount of bread supplied with the cheese, but I have to say, there wasn’t any left when we were done. It was the perfect vehicle for warm, creamy cheese. I was wondering how a bath of warm olive oil would compliment this, and it did. It gave another level of creamy texture. And the roasted garlic spread like soft butter – robust and earthy in flavor as it complimented the lemony flavor of the thyme. I loved every bite and could have left happy after that.

For our entrees, I wasn’t feeling a sandwich so I ended up with fish and tots. Yes, I substituted the chips for tots and there were no complaints on my end. I barely ate any of them though due to the large portion of white fish I was consuming. The batter was light, the fish sturdy in texture and subtly flavorful. The fish is from Lake Michigan – I have to say it was interesting to have something different in this form. The dill in the tarter sauce was perfect for the fish, which I squeezed lemon all over to give it a bit of light flavor over what can usually be a heavier dish. I liked it – thumbs up.

Hubs ordered the lamb burger, which was exactly what I expected out of a lamb burger. The focus was on the meat, not anything else that could have been incorporated into the meat. It had good flavor, but I thought it was just a bit too heavy for what I wanted out of the burger. I was slightly disappointed with the rosemary tomato jam – only because I wanted to have more. Only a small dollop was served on the bun, and that flavor would have carried the sandwich very well if there was more (hindsight – I get that we could have asked for more, but alas.) The sandwich also came with sauteed peppers and onions, which hubs ordered on the side and didn’t really incorporate. A good, but slightly heavy, burger. Next time – I want to try the Elk.

We definitely shared our meals and had much happier results this go around. Not that they were bad by any means last time. Quite delicious for sure. But I want all of you to know that you definitely need to give it a go. I see us heading there more often now, maybe becoming a staple for our frequent goers club (we don’t really have one. But if we did, this would be on it for sure!)

The Local Eatery &  Pub * 14665 Gray Road * Westfield, 46062 * 317.218.3786

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The Local Eatery & Pub

23 Jan

The Local is a place that I’ve wanted to eat at for quite a while. Recently I’ve seen and heard of more and more people dining there and saying great things. This makes me want to go that much more. This past weekend, I made hubs and I a reservation for Saturday night. I couldn’t miss out anymore; I was craving what everyone was talking about.

Making a reservation was the best idea I had in addition to dining there. When we walked in, the wait was quite extensive. However, we were immediately sat at our table with menus in hand. The speed of the service definitely stopped at that point, but at least we had enough time to really read the menu while waiting for our server. Our stomachs growled as we each ordered a local brew to quench our thirst and waited patiently for our starter.

After our visit to Vancouver in 2009, hubs developed a love for poutine. When he saw it on the menu, I knew there was no chance in convincing him to order frog legs. The french fries were the perfect size – not too thick and not too thin – the perfect size to soak up all the gravy. They were crispy, which stood up to the beef gravy spooned all over them. The gravy was seasoned perfectly, and I only note that as sometimes I find poutine to be quite salty. That clearly wasn’t the case here. Chunks of tender beef were part of the rosemary gravy, covering all the fries and delivering flavorful bites every time. Melted cheese was the final ingredient – and there was a lot of it – to make this basket of poutine perfect. My only gripe would be how it was served. The parchment paper couldn’t hold up to the fries and ripped all over the place. Luckily, no paper was in our bites, but we were both careful to ensure it wouldn’t be a problem. Preference would, of course, not to have to worry about the paper and have the fries served on a plate instead.

After licking our lips clean of the gravy, hubs and I waited for our next course. And we waited some more. Fortunately, we were having a great conversation, but eventually, I couldn’t help but look at the clock and realize we had been sitting and waiting for 35 minutes on our dinner. At that point, our server stopped by to inform us our dinner was being plated and would be out shortly. Then, 20 more minutes passed. When he finally came out with our food, he was extremely apologetic, but I still couldn’t help but notice how we were avoided the whole time we were waiting.

Once we received our dinner, I was happy to see it was at least piping hot rather than have had sat in the window for a period of time. Hubs had ordered the pig and the pork specialty sandwich with tator tots as his side. Overall, he wasn’t pleased with the sandwich. We had decided to split our entrees so I too had my fair share of bites. I’m sad to say, I wasn’t impressed either. But we had different reasons on why we didn’t enjoy the sandwich. He didn’t like it as the pork patty seemed awfully fatty – he was taking pieces out of his mouth upon chewing. I didn’t notice it as much, but I was picking it apart rather than eating it straight up as a sandwich. The pulled pork on top lacked flavor to both of us, and the cilantro cream sauce lacked that strong cilantro flavor. The apple beet salad was served on the side almost as an afterthought rather than part of the dish, and as a beet lover, I wasn’t impressed either. So he didn’t enjoy the tastes, where I was just expecting more and was left disappointed. And, if you haven’t noticed by the photo, his tator tots weren’t on the plate as he was given french fries instead. But at this point, we had waited so long he wasn’t willing to wait any longer for his potato correction.

I had ordered the The Local cheese steak, and I was definitely much happier with my selection than hubs. The bread was thick enough to serve as a perfect vehicle for all of the juicy braised meat and sauteed veggies, but tender and thin enough that it wasn’t the main part of the sandwich. The braised beef tongue was tender – so tender that it was falling off the thickly sliced pieces. And the melted Swiss cheese was great with the meaty components of the sandwich without being overwhelming in flavor, really letting the meat shine. The mustard finished it perfectly as a tangy fig taste complimented everything beautifully. As for my side, I had ordered a side salad with a fried egg on top. I love the option of the protein addition, and the egg was pan fried just enough for the whites to be done, but for the yolk to spill all over and act as a dressing for the greens.

Due to the wait, our server (Thom) was friendly and kind enough to offer free dessert to offer his apologies. I will never say no to beignets and am beyond happy I didn’t say no to these. A large portion for sure, the beignets were fried to golden perfection with crispy outer layers. Inside, a light doughnut texture that was airy leaving a nice contrast to the fried crust. Powdered sugar was the sweetness that was needed to complete all the flavors that I anticipated. But to make it that much more delicious, a vanilla cream sauce to dip the powdered dessert in finished the dish. The frustration of waiting all disappeared with each bite I savored.

Despite the wait, everything else was great. All the staff worked together well and seemed friendly. We had several servers stop by to refill our waters and pick up plates when our server wasn’t around. A real team environment, the staff made it apparent with the turning of tables and the assistance everyone was kicking in to make it happen. This family friendly eatery was beyond busy – full of a variety of customers including large groups, families, girls night out, bachelor time, and couples out for dinner. There wasn’t a definitive customer and everyone really seemed to be enjoying their food in the laid back environment, enjoying the artisan food.

Sure, hubs and I weren’t a fan of his burger. And we had to wait for quite a while to eat. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be returning. We had a great evening together. There was a slew of other items I was drooling over to try. I loved the honest food, the great service and the casual environment. It is everything I expect out of a gastropub and I can see it becoming a go-to for me in the future.

The Local Eatery & Pub * 14655 N Gray Road * Westfield, 46062 * 317.218.3786

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