So, Paul and I really like to eat and to try new foods, but there is one restaurant in Indy that we just keep going back to.
It’s called the Broad Ripple Brewpub. The menu is crazy diverse, with everything from vegan dolmades to bangers and mash to skewers of German sausage with sauerkraut balls. We’ve only been there with small groups, but the diverse menu really makes it a great place to take a group with different tastes or with many vegetarians, as our weekly dinner group in Champaign was.
Everything we have ever tried there we have loved. Some of those selections include their fish and chips, burrito, drunken tortellini and the German sausage skewers with sauerkraut balls, all of which were wonderful. So far my favorite has been their chili. Their chili is a combination of bison and beef and is served with tortilla strips, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, red onion, sour cream and guacamole. So delicious.
The fish and chips were delicious, and while some restaurants will give you french fries, the Brewpub actually gives you real chips. Now, I am ok with the fries, I just want the potato, but I have to tell you about the Brewpub’s pub chips. They are perfect. Light and fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside. Served with a bit of salt and some ketchup, and they are to die for.
You also will notice that I labeled the above photo “light.” The Brewpub has a selection of their most popular dishes in a smaller portion. Every time I have ordered something that is also on the lighter menu, I have always ordered the smaller portion and still always had leftovers. Now, their regular portions are not disgustingly huge to begin with, and I would maybe rename the “light” menu to the “just right” menu. I have ordered from the light menu before so I could add an order of their pub chips.
We also recently discovered that Indy’s “it” food is the pork tenderloin sandwich. So, last time we went there, Paul checked it out.
Apparently part of the pork tenderloin being the “it” thing is that they are huge, as exhibited by the above photo. But the hugeness does not come from it just being a huge cut of meat. It once upon a time was regular sized, and they pound it thin so it is tender and crispy and delicious. And also bigger than the bun and your head. Combined.
The Brewpub also has their own selection of brewed-in-house beers. A lot of them are more hoppy beers, and I am not a fan of hoppy beers, but Paul is and he likes them. I like to order their English style pub brews, which are more like porters and such. They’re pretty good, but they serve them English style, a.k.a., not ice cold, which I’m not a huge fan of, being American and liking my beverages cold. Their selections also change according to the season. They also have a nice list of bottled beer and several beers brewed in Indianapolis. They also sell growlers of their house brews to go. They can even sell them on Sundays. Which is a big deal. (For those of you unfamiliar with Indiana, you cannot buy any alcohol to go on Sundays. Anywhere. You can by a beer to drink at the restaurant, but you can’t take anything home. Not even from a grocery store. It’s crazy.)
The prices at the Brewpub are also good. Many of the entrees are less than $10, and the beers are also reasonably priced. We’ve always had good service there, and the atmosphere reminds you of a classic English pub, kind of dark with a hint of dingyness (the restaurant is very clean, just has a grungy vibe) They also have a nice outdoor eating area. There is no smoking inside the restaurant (Indiana is not smoke free, we were sad to learn) and the outdoor areas are divided into smoking on one side of the building and non-smoking on an adjacent side.
So, if you live here or are just visiting, Paul and I both give Broad Ripple Brewpub two thumbs up for lunch or dinner.