Savage’s Ale House is a fairly new pub/restaurant in downtown Muncie. Downtown Muncie has seen a resurgence of bars and eateries lately, and it’s good to see some activity in my old hometown’s downtown.
It’s in an old building with a LOT of character. Hardwood floors, pressed tin ceilings, and more. When we entered, we noticed there are 3 dining areas, the main room with the bar, and two smaller rooms.
We arrived about 1130 and it was hopping. The main dining room was filled, and we weren’t sure exactly where to set. We waited, and waited, and waited. There were two servers working, and I caught the eye of each of them, but they went about their business, and left us standing. After a lengthy wait, one of them told us to sit anywhere we pleased.
Just a word to those of you who own or manage restaurants, and I know that more than a few read this blog. If someone comes into your establishment, the first minute or two are pretty much make or break for a new customer. Honestly, those minutes being ignored had quite the impact on my impression of Savage’s.
Once we were seated, the service was fine. Prompt and friendly, I wouldn’t call it outstanding but it was OK.
The menu consists of pretty standard bar fare…tenderloins, burgers, a wrap or two, a Reuben, etc. I, of course, chose the breaded tenderloin.
Looks good, doesn’t it! The breading was a classic tempura batter – nice and crispy, and stayed that way through the life of the sandwich. The meat was tender and juicy.
But there was one problem. None of it had much flavor. The texture was fine, even outstanding, but the flavor just wasn’t there. It seemed devoid of any seasoning, and if I could describe this sandwich in one word, it would be “bland”. I’m going to give it a 3 out of 5, just an average sandwich.
For our sides, we chose the side salads. I was a little taken aback at how expensive the side salad was (4.50) but it was quite a large salad, and a nice mix of greens, olives, and more. The Blue Cheese dressing was tasty and plentiful. High marks for their salad.
For her entree, Holly chose the veggie wrap – which consists of Chipotle black bean crumbles, guacamole, shredded cheddar jack cheese, lettuce, jalapeno, onion, and tomato in a grilled flour tortilla. Holly reports that this is one of the best tasting wraps she’s ever had, and she would not hesitate to order it again!
As a side note, when we received our check, we noticed something very different than we have seen in the past. The menu prices all include sales tax. So when we received our final bill, it was the grand total amount due. The only thing we had to figure out was how much to leave for a tip.
Savage’s Ale House is located at 127 N High Street in Muncie, Indiana. I was unable to locate a website for them, but they do have a Facebook page.