Friday, May 20, 2011

Indianapolis Food Tour

I don't have a recipe to share with you this week, but that doesn't mean I don't have any food to share! We are recently back from a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana and we had a GREAT time. There are TONS of museums, parks and attractions that could keep you busy the entire length of your trip and something to fit any interest. The 2012 Super Bowl is also coming to the Lucas Oil Stadium this year which is something else to keep in mind. The Zoo and Children's Museum were wonderful plus all the other attractions we visited. There is simply too much stuff to see in this city to list! But what about the food!? I did a lot of Internet research before out trip of not only attractions to visit but also of restaurants to eat at. We wanted to make the food as much a part of the destination as the other attractions we were visiting.

Our first visit upon arriving in town was for lunch at Edward's Drive-In. They are known for their Pork Tenderloin Sandwich which is not only big but really, really tasty.

I ordered the Chicken Fingers and they were fantastic. They hand bread all of their meat at the restaurant and it really pays off. The breading is really good and the meat stays nice and moist.

Samantha also really enjoyed her Grilled Cheese......It was really good.

For dinner we stopped at Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream in Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis.

Bub's is home of the Big Ugly Burger and a competition involving it. If you can eat one Big Ugly, you get a 4x6 picture of yourself on the wall. Two Big Uglies gets you an 8x10 picture, three Big Uglies for a poster of yourself and eating four Big Uglies earns you a life size cut-out. No one has ever eaten four and when we were there, there were 6 posters. Here is us waiting for our table.

And here is a picture of Jason's Big Ugly Burger and my Settle For Less Than Ugly Burger.

The Burger's were very good, very moist and the buns were all buttery and toasted. Jason was very happy with his Burger.

And he ate it all!

So the waitress took his picture for him to sign and hung it up on the wall.

As you can see, the walls are littered with pictures!

We also visited the Greek Islands Restaurant for dinner one night.

In the frenzy of the delicious food and being extremely hungry after a day spent at the zoo, I neglected to take a picture of my plate. I ordered the Greek Spaghetti which was a homemade red sauce over spaghetti noodles, topped with gyro meat and graviera cheese. Jason ordered the Traditional Gyros which also came with rice and green beans. Both of our meals included a Greek dinner salad and a loaf of warm homemade bread.

Let me just say this to describe the taste of the Greek Spaghetti- I would drive the 4 hours back to this city just to eat dinner at this restaurant.

Our last dinner spot was Gray Brothers Cafeteria in Mooresville, just south of Indianapolis. As the name suggests, this is a cafeteria style restaurant. You get in line, grab a tray and start going down the line filling it with whatever you like. On the bad side.....the desserts were toward the beginning of the line and they offer over 15 different homemade pies. Why is this bad you ask? Because we choose 3......we were really hungry.

The food was unbelievably good and the portions are huge. Here are our trays from two different angels.

In the above picture going clockwise from my husbands hand (to show how big the pork tenderloin is): fried tenderloin, stuffing with brown gray, fried chicken breast with a side of mac & cheese, yeast rolls, coconut cream pie (a mile high!!), deviled eggs, rhubarb pie, cheesecake with strawberries and mac & cheese. We definitely over ate this night and it was so worth it. Everything was excellent. Period.

And finally, we hit the Heidelberg Haus before heading home. This is a German cafe, bakery and gift shop. This place was very.....different. You will understand what I mean if you ever stop here. It has tons of imported gifts for sale and throughout are tables to sit at where you can order off their German menu of items. We however, only stopped to buy some pastries to take home with us and are so glad we did.

Here is their Coconut Rum Pound Cake

The White Chocolate Cream Puff filled with Cream and Raspberries and a piece of Apple Cheesecake

A Coconut Marzipan Bear Claw and a Cheese Danish

And lastly, everyone ahead of  us seemed to be ordering one of the homemade bread pretzels so we ordered one too. It was very, very good. If something seems to be popular and selling well, there is a reason for it!

Hope you enjoyed hearing about all the food we ate and hopefully if you are ever around Indianapolis, you will keep some of these places in mind. Have a Great Weekend!

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