I arrived at Roseholme Cottage right on schedule, just sans good camera. Fortunately there's an uber cheap cracker jack prize camera in the glove box in case of auto accident. The pictures won't be good, but there WILL be pictures!
Tam was seriously bandaged up from the skin graft, but that familiar smile was showing; so off we went, headed out on foot to check out a new deli/pub in the local area. If anyone stared, she just gave them that 10,000 watt smile and said "you should see the OTHER guy!"
We arrived. Fat Dan's Deli
On College Avenue near 54th, in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis. It recently opened here after closing at a much smaller location in an area that just didn't have the space they needed. It's a great little neighbor with The Fresh Market across the street and the whole Broad Ripple experience of unique shops, restaurants, bike trails, art, and the canal.
Chicago Style Food and beer in a blue collar casual atmosphere that just says "come on in, have a beer, and relax with friends and family". You have to love a place that has, on their menu -
Hugs! Always Free!
Kiss n/hug combo $2
Kick in the shin $3
I went for the Brisket, Tam ordered the Italian Beef (juicy thin sliced roast beef with au jus on an Italian roll with lots of giardiniera peppers soaking wet, in the best of artery clogging juices.)
First something to drink! This was one of their available hand crafted beers, of which they have a good selection.
Hey, there's Old Style on Tap. Whether you order the beer or not, just having it around feels like home for those of us that have friends and family in the Chicago area. Next time, when I don't have a long drive home.
And games, there on the edge of our table, an assortment of little games.
Including Battleship! A tabletop portable version. I'll get us set up. Uh oh, this isn't looking like a fair fight.
Me - "Look Tam! Blue Team seems to be all in dry dock.
Thank you Sequestration! "
Tam - "Oh, the Red Team is still out in force . ..not good."
Italian Beef - even this lousy camera couldn't make that look anything less than mmmmmm.
And the brisket.
Look, a basket of hot Tater Tots to share. They were seasoned just right and there was enough for several people in this single order.
Roberta X, IND blog meet hostess, about it when she gets home from work. Great food, a staff that's genuinely friendly and happy to see you there, good food served surprisingly fast, plus enough seating for about any group. The owner told the local news folks they plan on putting up a garage type door out front for outdoor seating. Even though there are other restaurants in the area, I think he's found his nitch there with the great food and the atmosphere that will compliment this old style casual neighborhood.
Next, a stop at the market, free hugs and then a little walk along the canal to wave to the Broad Ripple Navy before hitting the road.