Wolfie’s Grill, Carmel, Indiana
Wolfies Grill is a locally owned bar/grill/restaurant with 3 locations: Noblesville, Fishers, and Carmel. The Carmel location opened a couple of years ago, and it’s pretty close to where we live, and we’ve been wanting to try it ever since, We finally had the chance last week.
Located in one of the several strip mall type buildings near 116th and Keystone, it’s very attractive from the outside…and it’s MUCH larger on the inside than it looks from the outside. It’s another restaurant that’s done in an outdoorsy motif. Very tastefully done, it’s warm and welcoming from the moment you step through the door.
We visited at 5:30 PM on a Thursday night, so we were prepared to wait…..but Wolfies was virtually empty. No other parties seated in the dining room, and 2 or 3 folks at the bar, that was it.
The hostess greeted us warmly and showed us to our seat, and the waitress took our drink order and left our menus with us. Upon perusing the menu, I saw they offer a hand breaded tenderloin, so I decided to give it a chance.
However, I wish it had tasted as good as it looked. Don’t get me wrong…this wasn’t a BAD sandwich…it just wasn’t a terribly GOOD sandwich. The breading was crispy, yes, but it had no seasoning or flavor to speak of. The same can be said about the meat. It appeared to be fresh, but very bland.
The sandwich was served as I requested, and I appreciated the server’s attention to detail on that.
I’ll give Wolfies breaded tenderloin sandwich a 2.5 out of 5 bites….just average.
For my side, I chose the hand-made chips, and I’ll say those were simply outstanding! Seasoned will with a nice kick to them, I wouldn’t hesitate to order them again.
For her meal, Holly ordered the Fiesta Fish Wrap – cooked tilapia filets wrapped in a wheat tortilla with tortilla strips, chipotle mayo, corn salsa, tomatoes, and shredded lettuce. The wrap comes with a side of tortilla chips and salsa, which she opted to keep as her side. There are different sides available for an upcharge, but since “Fiesta” was the theme, the chips and salsa seemed fitting. Holly is sorry to report that her meal was simply average as well. The most disappointing part was that there didn’t seem to be much fish on the wrap. It tasted okay, but it wasn’t outstanding. And the chips and salsa were simply average. In fact, the salsa obviously came from a jar or can, which, in Holly’s opinion is simply a notch below average.
We opted for dessert when the waitress mentioned they had blackberry cobbler. It was….like both of our meals, just average. At 6 bucks for what we perceived to be a VERY small portion, we won’t be ordering that again.
Generally, the service was good, but, after our meal, when the server dropped off our check, she just disappeared. It took her what seemed like forever to return. Not a very good end to a just average experience.
All that said, since Wolfies is a locally owned restaurant, we are willing to give them one more chance and see if things improve.
Wolfies is located at 116th and Keystone, in the Merchant’s Square area. You can find them online at http://www.wolfiesgrill.com