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Introducing India Garden November 1, 2018

Posted by Kenny Norman in north.
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Last Friday, as part of Abbie’s birthday weekend celebration, I went with Abbie and Emily to India Garden in Broad Ripple. We were the only ones dining in that night, but they did a lot of takeout orders while we were there. Our waiter was hilarious, saying crazy things with the most serious of faces. In addition, he was prompt with plate removal and drink refills. He was also quite knowldgeable about the spice pallette of Indian food and what separates it from other ethnic foods. The menu there was quite extensive, and I settled for a chicken dish in a tomato cream sauce.

Surprisingly, it was NOT spicy at ALL. In fact, it was quite sweet! It still tasted like it had some Indian spices, but without the spicyness, if that makes any sense. We also had naan and rice to go with it. Abbie and I shared the rice, while Lauren got a vegetarian dish. I don’t quite recall what it was specifically, but there was brown rice covered in spices with some large vegetables. Our waiter was nice enough to refill our rice at no extra charge! I’m glad we had a rice refill, as it helped mix with the leftover tomato sauce that I didn’t want to waste after I finished all the chicken.

Portion sizes were decent, but could have been a little bit bigger. At least the meal wasn’t too pricey. $17 for the chicken dish that came with rice and naan, plus a Sprite. (I often get soda at restaurants.) I’d go back here again! I would rank this place ahead of Hyderabad House, but behind India Cafe.


Naked Tchopstix September 18, 2016

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I went to Naked Tchopstix in Broad Ripple with Ebony on Saturday night. Both of us had wanted to try that place for a while. I went there once in 2005, and I was still not eating meat on Lent Fridays at the time, so I’d wanted to try something with meat in it. We were seated immediately, as only two people are a better accommodation than a group. They serve Pepsi products, so I got to have root beer! The waitress took a minute to arrive, but she was prompt after that. I decided to have miso soup as an appetizer and then I had a noodle dish with chicken and vegetables as an entree. Ebony had a rice dish with beef for her entree, though it went by a name I can’t pronounce or remember. Our waitress was sweet, outgoing, prompt, polite, and soft-spoken. Naked Tchopstix gets an A- for service. The food was fairly nice. The miso soup wasn’t bad, though I think the ones at Sapporo and Formosa are more flavorful. I also liked the noodle dish, and it was surprisingly sweet. Portion size was also satisfying, though I wish it had more chicken. I ate it all, though. It was very succulent, flavorful, rich, moist, warm, and delicious, with a lingering pleasant aftertaste. Honestly, while it was nice, Yard House has a similar dish that, while not as sweet, features more of a balance of meat and vegetables to noodles and rice. The entree at Naked Tchopstix went a bit heavy on the noodles and rice compared to the meat and vegetables, though it was still tasty. The place is a bit on the high side, so I wouldn’t go here frequently, but I’d recommend it and go back again. As an added bonus, they’re open until midnight on Saturdays, so Naked Tchopstix is good for late night eats.

Two tickets to Cheeseburger in Paradise September 4, 2016

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I had a GREAT dinner tonight at Cheeseburger in Paradise! I had never been there, mainly because I am rarely at Southport & Emerson. This is the last Cheeseburger in Paradise in Indiana, as the 96th street one closed a while back. We got there and saw that the garage doors were opened up and they had outdoor seating, which we immediately opted to get. I saw THREE menu entrees I wanted to try before I even hit the cheeseburger page. And for the first time I can remember, I ordered off the menu with NO modifications! Our server, Jess, could relate to that feeling. She was so nice and personable, and she was quick removing plates and bringing refills. I had the citrus chicken with their island rice and teriyaki broccoli. The entree also came with a lime and an orange. They had better chicken than BJ’s, better broccoli than MCL, and better rice than Red Lobster! Jess asked if we wanted dessert, but we declined because we had a few soft drinks that day. Their food was on par with Yard House and better than BJ’s. And I’m definitely going back there again.