Canal Bistro

I had seen Canal Bistro many times but never ventured in by happenstance.  I’m not a huge fan of Mediterranean food in general, so it never won over Brugge as a place I would go while out and hungry in Broadripple.  But I heard rave reviews from Foodie Friend Rachel about their garlic fries, so when I saw a Groupon I snatched it up. 

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The restaurant is, as expected, right on the canal as it runs through Broadripple (yellow building).  I’m  sure it looks just gorgeous at night when it’s all lit but I didn’t feel like going back at night just for a photo.  My sister was in town a while back and she loves Greek food, so we took a little visit.

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These interior photos are from the restaurant’s website.

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From restaurant website.

The décor is honestly pretty tacky for my taste.  It sort of looks like they just raided the Hobby Lobby for anything heavy and ornately decorated.  But it is clean and comfortable, has ample daylight and there is lots of outdoor seating.

We split an order of those famed garlic feta fries, then I ordered the schwarma platter and my sister ordered the Greek salad.

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Those garlic feta fries were the star of the show and sort of made me wish I had just ordered 5 plates of them instead of an entree.  Giant chunks of feta, fried potato.  It tastes exactly how it sounds and it sounds like heaven.  I would gladly stop back in just for a drink and a plate of these.

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Jessica’s salad was a standard greek salad with kalamata olives, feta, tomatoes, and red onion and a good Greek/basalmic vinaigrette.  Nothing remarkable but for $9 it was HUGE and exactly what we expected quality-wise.

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My gyros platter came with pitas, vegetables, schwarma, rice, and tzatziki.  The rice was not as flavorful as I’ve had elsewhere (namely Bosphorus) but the whole platter was, like the greek salad, large for the price ($14) and very solid in taste.  I should also note that the Greek “side” salad I got with the gyros platter could easily have fed a person on it’s own.  I would guess it was about 5 or 6 cups of salad.  That left me more gyro platter to take home for a midnight snack, which is always nice!

We split the “Mile High Tuxedo Truffle Chocolate Mousse Cake” for dessert, which was delicious, as evidenced by my lack of photo.

In summary, the food at the Canal Bistro is absolutely fine but nothing to write home about.  If I want really delicious Mediterranean food, I would head down to Bosphorous.  But for a great patio dinner on a warm summer night in Broadripple, or ANYTIME for those fries, I would absolutely head back to the Canal Bistro.

http://Canal Bistro Mediterranean Grille on Urbanspoon

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First Cookout of the Season

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Yesterday was a perfect day to put into action two rules by which I try to live. Never spend a beautiful day inside, and, whenever possible, share meals with people worth sharing meals with. I had bought this Groupon a while back (those who know me will appreciate my over-the-top Groupon habit- it’s not real money if you spend it online, right?) for a butcher, so I had been dreaming of New York strips basically since…well, since my last steak. Then, they forecast 60 degree sunshine! So the party got moved outside and a few friends met up for that ultimate American tradition-The Grilling of the Meats in Public Spaces.

If, for some reason, you live in Indianapolis but don’t use the canal area, you really should. Perhaps you think it is for runners or joggers or people with dogs. Perhaps you think it is restricted to those in fancy workout gear or with bikes or those silly 6 person bike bus things they rent out at the paddleboat place.

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Fun fact: while hunting down this sweet photo, I learned that the 2 person version is called a Deuce Coupe. Dare you to try ask for one with a straight face-double points for saying “Coupe” like Jeremy Clarkson

All I know is that they won’t kick you out for sitting on your duff with a piece of red meat and no intention of moving.  And possibly even with an alcoholic beverage on the Sabbath.

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On the menu: Steak, chicken (marinated in white wine, lemon pepper, and other deliciosities by not myself), brats, biscuits with apple butter, all kinda chips, and grilled pineapple.

use4Watermelon in April in a place where it just stopped snowing like yesterday. Say what you want about eating local, this was freakin delicious.

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The FDA has yet to approve my health claims about eating in the fresh air or about dining with really interesting and funny people, but I stand by them (for now let’s call them supplements.)

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