Bubbaz Bar and Grill, Indianapolis. (Shadeland Avenue Location)
I’ve been vaguely aware of Bubbaz Bar and Grill in the past, having driven by it a time our two.
This week, we had the chance to meet our friend Richard Propes for dinner, and this seemed like a good choice, as it was near his office, and we wanted an early dinner so we’d have some time to prepare for a weekend trip.
Bubbaz has a few locations around town, we chose the one on North Shadeland avenue. Upon walking in, I thought “this is bigger than it looks like!!”. There are 3 somewhat distinct areas…the bar, a small dining area, and then in the back an area with pool tables and dart boards. There are TVs turned to sports channels all around, but the volume was turned down fairly low, so carrying on a normal conversation wasn’t a problem at all.
I’m going to say, right off, I was surprised at how pleasant the atmosphere was here. Fancy? no. Elite? Oh, HECK no. Run down and a dive? Not exactly. For me, it hit the perfect blend of dive bar and pleasant. There were folks at the bar having a drink and chatting, and a few folks shooting pool, and we were able to sit and visit with a dear friend in a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere.
I saw on the menu that their tenderloins were served either grilled or breaded, a good sign, so I asked our waitress “Is it a frozen pork fritter, or a REAL tenderloin?”, and she replied…”It IS frozen, but it’s NOT a fritter”.
So I ordered it, not holding out much hope. I full expected to get a pre-made fritter. As you can see, this looks like a hand breaded, fresh tenderloin.
Let’s face it…nothing beats a fresh tenderloin, pounded and breaded on the spot. But I was pleasantly surprised at just how good this frozen tenderloin was. The breading was nice and crunchy, the meat, while not what I would call outstanding, was pretty darn good. The bun was nicely toasted, and they weren’t selfish with their condiments… I got plenty of onions, as is my preference. I’m probably a bit generous here, but I’m going to give this a 4 out of 5 bites. It’s not the best in town, but it’s far better than what many restaurants pass off as a breaded tenderloin. It’s above average and I wouldn’t hesitate to get it again. I did neglect to get the price, but it was around $8.00 with fries (although I chose onion rings), pretty much in line with the rest of the tenderloins in town.
Holly chose the wings, and they were VERY good, and the french fries were WAY above average.
However, we did have a bit of a disappointment in our visit. After we finished our meal, we sat and visited for a bit…not a long time, but we did linger. Our drinks sat empty. When our waitress finally asked if we were ready for our check she brought it, and we waited. And waited. And waited…and finally gave up and went up to the bar to pay. The service before and during the meal was very good…but after the meal it was substandard. Hopefully it’ll be better next time.
Speaking of our friend Richard Propes, he is also a blogger and reviewer. Please take a moment and check out his site…and reviews..at http://thegimpgoesshopping.wordpress.com.
Bubbaz is located at 7526 N Shadeland in Indianapolis.