Saturday, November 24, 2012

Room Four - Indianapolis, IN

Day four of the cross country road trip, we headed north driving from Missouri to Indiana. Landing in Indianapolis, we stayed at Renata's Bed and Breakfast, a cute farm style house run by the nicest German lady ever. Once checked in, a quick drive across town landed us at Room Four.

Room Four delivers the a la cart menu of its fancy sister, Recess. It's retro urban decor reminded me of something regularly found in Portland. It was a late Thursday night and all the other patrons were drinking local pints of beer and noshing on burgers. It seemed like the thing to do. 

I don't eat burgers often, but the Fischer Farms cheeseburger "mattie boy style" whatever that means with bacon, onion rings, BBQ sauce and fries ($16) would be my road trip slump breaker. Decadence is a word to describe it, but not high and mighty - like a rough and tough cowboy version of the Le Pigeon's burger in Portland. The burger itself was melt in yo-mouf, and the bacon provided a nice amount of smokiness and salt finished off by the tang of the BBQ. The fries were just the way I like 'em - thick cut and with skins. 

Salad was looking good on the menu and it ended up the same in real life. The results rank it as the second best grilled beef salad ever consumed, second to the Harris Ranch's skirt steak salad. This one came with grilled skirt steak, cabbage, jalapenos, potatoes, tomatoes, blue cheese, arugula, and red wine vinaigrette. For a minute, I thought to myself, these must just be the excessive - must use immediately - leftovers in the kitchen. Well, that could still be the case, but I loved the variety of textures and flavors in this salad. Especially the blue cheese. 

If you find yourself in Indianapolis, check out Room Four - the menu changes daily chef Greg Hardesty is an area legend and always making delicious food.

Room Four
4907 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46205


Niki said...

Very dileightful!

CQUEK said...

wow!!!!!!! the food looks extraordinary!!! I’d have loved to try it.

Sippity Sup said...

Keep on truckin'! (or are you in a car??) GREG

Banana Wonder said...

niki - Thanks and love your blog. Good to practice my Greek, too!

Cquek - Love your log, following!

Greg - Yea, car, but truck or train would be fun for next time :-)

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