Monday, March 27, 2006

Broad Ripple Brew Pub - An Appreciation

Saturday night I had the opportunity to spend time with some friends from out of town. They had lived here a few years back but were ready in town for a wedding and so we made a point of getting a bite to eat and some beers in Broad Ripple. We originally tried a newer pub, Brugge Brassiere, which I am sure is fantastic, but after facing a 90 minute wait, and noticing no vegan food on the menu for the vegans in our group we went to the more spacious, and vegan friendlier Broad Ripple Brew Pub This place has been a staple for me since I've moved out to Indianapolis, for many reasons.

When we got there Saturday night the line was pretty much out the door. This was not a problem as they suggested we just go to the bar and enjoy a drink. And that we did. The brew pub rotates 6-8 of their own beers on tap. My personal favorite is teh IPA, but Saturday evening, I went a little bit lighter with the Lawnmower. Less than 15 minutes later our table of ten was seated. All of us in our late 20 somethings still have not mastered simple math, so it was a pleasant suprise when without us even asking the waitress mentioned seperate checks.

As for the food, the Brew Pub has many vegetarian items on the menu and 2 vegan sandwhich items as well. The specials are rotating and usually have one vegetarian or vegan special item as well. I had the Curried Spinach Potato Patties and a basket of Pub Chips. The Patties were larger in size than I expected and was quite a good and tasty meal at 7.99. The pub chips? Those alone are worth visiting the place. Numerous times I have gone in for a beer and ordered only pub chips and drank and had good conversation for hours there.

Throughout dinner, we were never rushed even though we were a table of 10. Like every other time I have been there the wait staff was pleasant and helpful. We were left with time to eat, converse, or play darts however long we wanted. There have been more than a few new resturaunts in Broad Ripple in my time here in Indy, some others have come and gone. The Brew Pub is one of this that is just a staple of Broad Ripple though. It's hard to imagine Broad Ripple without it.

4 comments:

Jim said...

Well said. Bonus points to BRBP for being the first Indy (and indie) brewpub.

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