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Hella’s Greek Cafe’, Indianapolis

Hella’s Greek Cafe’ is a place I’ve been aware of for quite some time, but only recently stopped in there for lunch for the first time.  The first time we were there, I noticed that they had a breaded tenderloin on their menu…one of only a couple of American dishes…and it’s been on my list to try ever since.  The problem is, their Greek food is so good, I couldn’t tear myself away from it.

I’m no authority on Greek food, but I do know what I like, and I like Hella’s a lot.  Their Greek food is always tasty and service is always outstanding, and that keeps me coming back.

 

 

Recently, we stopped in for lunch, and, purely in the name of research, I decided to give their breaded tenderloin a try.

I’ll say up front that this isn’t a traditional breaded tenderloin sandwich, so I’m not going to rate it on my traditional 1-5 bite scale.

The tenderloin is hand breaded in house, and the breading is very light…much lighter than most other tenderloins I’ve experienced.  It’s crisp and tasty, and it certainly is a nice compliment to the taste of the meat…it’s not heavy like some breading can be.  I liked this light breading quite a lot!

The meat itself is very good also.  It might fall a bit short of outstanding, but it’s certainly well above average.  It’s tender and moist with a very good flavor.

The sandwich is served on a Pita.  Generally, Pitas are a bit more hard and chewy than a standard bun, but with the very light breading and the tender meat, it worked quite well.  The sandwich was served dressed as I requested and service was prompt and friendly.

Since it’s not quite traditional, I’m going to rate this on the “would I buy it again” scale, and the answer is, yes, I certainly would order this sandwich again.  However, their Greek food is SO good….I’d have to be craving a tenderloin while I was there.

Holly recommends the chicken or pork slouvakia with Greek potatoes.  You can’t go wrong with this classic Greek kabob.  The meat is consistently moist and tender with just the right amount of seasonings.

Hella’s Greek Café’ is located on Westfield Boulevard, just south of 82nd street.  You can find them online at http://hellascafe.net

February 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Green Street Pub, Brownsburg, Indiana

The Green Street pub in Brownsburg has been recommended to me several times, and I’ve been meaning to try it for quite some time.  This weekend was the first time we’ve been in the area with free time to do a review, so we decided to take advantage of the opportunity.

We were in Brownsburg for the 1st annual Brownsburg Hamfest (a gathering of ham radio operators), and I asked the locals their opinion of the restaurant, and the recommendations were high indeed.

The Green Street pub is located in a strip mall amid a grocery store, Mexican restaurant, and some other shops.  The first thing I noticed upon entering was that it was MUCH larger than your typical strip mall restaurant.  Pleasantly decorated, the hostess was friendly and personable and showed us promptly to our seat.

Unfortunately, getting to our seat was not as pleasant as it should be.  When you first walk in to Green Street, the bar is off to your right.  There were some ball games going on, and there was a lot of smoking going on in the bar.  And, it was drifting out into the area one has to walk through to get to the family section.

I’m not going to get into the whole smoking/non smoking debate, I’ll simply say that I don’t understand the logic of having your non smoking customers walk through a cloud of smoke to get to the non smoking section.  That makes NO sense to me.  But, hey, what do I know.  I’m only a customer who decides where to spend my money.

Once getting to our table, the non smoking area is wonderfully decorated, and there are two very large fish tanks that provide a nice distraction for the kids.  There were several families having lunch when we were there, and the kids were very much enjoying watching the fish.

The lunch menu was nice, but, it wasn’t as large as I anticipated.  A few sandwiches, a few salads, and that was about it.  I’m not sure about their dinner menu, but the lunch menu was a bit disappointing in variety.

I was there on a mission, to try the breaded tenderloin.  It’s offered in 3 varieties….grilled, lightly breaded, or beer battered.  I chose the beer battered.

The sandwich is large, but not overwhelming.  It’s obviously hand breaded, and the breading was…average.  Actually, it was rather bland.  As much as I was looking forward to this sandwich, I couldn’t get over the fact of how average the breading was.

The meat was the same.  It was a little dry, and not as tender as some.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a “bad” sandwich…it just wasn’t especially good, either.  It was served promptly and dressed exactly as I requested, so the service was well above average.

For her meal, Holly chose French onion soup and a garden salad.  A bonus at Green Street:  they serve poppy seed dressing, which Holly chose.  As far as her meal goes, it was average.  She said it wasn’t bad; it just didn’t stand out in her mind as a stellar meal.

I’m rating the Green Street Pub breaded tenderloin a 2.5 out of 5.  It’s average.  And, if I were to return, I’d order something else off of the menu.

The Green Street Pub is located at 911 Green Street in Brownsburg, Indiana.  I was unable to locate a website for them, but they do have a Facebook page.  The bar is 21 and over only, the restaurant is all ages.

February 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Chatham Tap, Fishers, Indiana

The Chatham Tap has two locations, one on 116th street in Fishers, and one on Mass Ave near Downtown Indy.  This review was done at the Fishers location.

The Chatham Tap is an English style pub and is well appointed with soccer and rugby décor.  There’s a nice bar, which separates two dining rooms.  There are no pool tables or dart boards that I recall, but there are plenty of TVs and a small stage where they occasionally host live music and other events.

This Fishers location is family friendly and non smoking, which is a HUGE plus in my book.  Very young children might not feel at home here, but teens and older seem to really enjoy the atmosphere.  Part of our dining party this particular night was a father and his teen age daughter, and it’s a great place for parents with older children to enjoy an evening out.

The menu is actually quite varied.  There are all kinds of sandwiches…some quite unique, as well as burgers, pizza, and more typical pub fare.  The TVs are on, but the sound is turned down to a comfortable level, so conversation is easy, another big plus in my book.  I like the atmosphere here quite a lot.  It’s nice and comfortable.

Even with such a varied menu, I had no problem choosing what I wanted….a breaded tenderloin.  They advertise theirs as a “garlic pork tenderloin”, available dressed as you like it, and served on a Brioche bun.

The breading was tasty enough, but, sadly….I couldn’t detect much, if any, garlic in it.  It was nice and crispy, but, I expected more from the breading.  Yes, it was good, but there was really nothing outstanding about it.

The meat was tasty and moist, certainly well above average.  Again, I couldn’t detect the taste of garlic in it, which would have really pushed this sandwich over the top.

All in all, it was a good sandwich, certainly above average, but it feel short of being a great sandwich.  I’m going to give it a 3.5 out of 5 bites.  It’s good, but with such a varied menu, I’ll get something else next time.

For her dinner, Holly chose the Portabella and Smoked Gouda “burger” – a meatless burger option.  It’s a sautéed Portabella capped topped with gouda cheese, garlic mayo (which, she claimed, was also lacking in the garlic department) and avocado served open faced on parisien bread.   Despite the fact that it wasn’t as garlicky as she was anticipating or enjoys, she said this was still a stellar sandwich.  It is served with your choice of one of their standard side dishes for $7.99.
The Chatham Tap is located at 8211 E 116th Street in Fishers.  You can find them online at http://www.chathamtap.com

February 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Gaslight Inn, Indianapolis

 

The Gaslight Inn is a historic bar a couple miles south of Downtown Indianapolis.  I’ve been in here a few times for various events, but had never had the chance to dine at the Gaslight Inn before.

 

Upon walking in, the first word that came to mind was “cozy”.  It’s a very warm atmosphere, and even though at lunch time there were a lot of regulars, the waitress greeted me like an old friend, even though we had never met before.

 

I have seen what I consider to be a disturbing trend in restaurants these days…where the wait staff wants to be your best friend.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate friendly service.  However, I think I’m a pretty perceptive guy, and I can tell when it’s put on.  Be genuine, be yourself, and you’ll get a good tip and I’ll come back to see you.  Give me false familiarity, and I’ll likely not be back.

 

That’s what made my visit at the Gaslight so enjoyable….from the waitress to the owner, who I had the chance to visit with for a bit, I was made to feel welcome, and I could tell it was sincere.  They were glad I was there, and, observing the dining room, they treated everyone in there the same way.  Hoosier Hospitality at its finest.

 

The Gaslight’s menu has pretty standard pub fare…from sandwiches too full meals, with about everything in between.  Of course, I chose the breaded tenderloin.

The Gaslight makes their own breading, and, let me tell you, it’s fabulous.  Light, crunchy and flaky, and it retains the crunch throughout the life of the sandwich.  The breading is a 5/5. No question.  The meat?  I’m happy to report, it’s just as good.  Not pounded out paper thin, it’s tender, moist and flavorful.  The sandwich was served dressed just as I requested.  This sandwich, folks, is a winner.  A 5/5, no doubt about it.  I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s one of the best tenderloins I’ve ever had.  Yes, it was THAT good.

As my side, I ordered onion rings.  With the same homemade beer batter, these were simply stellar.  You’ll pay extra for onion rings if you choose them as a side over fries or one of the other sides, but, trust me, they’re WELL worth it.

While I was there, I had the opportunity to sample their catfish, which was on special.  If you’re a catfish lover…you’ll be very pleased.

I did neglect to get the price of the breaded tenderloin, but it was in line with others in central Indiana.

While you’re at the Gaslight, do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to just wander around.  It’s a historic building that is reputed to be haunted.  If you’ve got a few extra minutes, ask a few questions.  You’ll be rewarded with some very interesting stories.

The Gaslight Inn is located at 2280 S Meridian in Indianapolis.  You can find them on the web at http://thegaslightinnindy.com

 

 

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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