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3 Floyds Brewpub (Oh, by the way, which one’s pink)

Your ticket to beeradice.

The next time you’re in northwest Indiana for whatever reason, you need to do yourself a HUGE favor and head over to the 3 Floyds Brewpub, 9750 Indiana Parkway, Munster, IN 46321, 219.922.3565 . I wish I had learned about this place 15 years ago when they opened but, although I’ve been drinking their beer for years, my first experience with the actual pub wasn’t until November of 2011. Yeah, a few months ago. While putting our names on the 45-60 minute waiting list (which is typical, no matter when you get there) I peeked in and saw that they were showing a 1970’s Kung Fu movie on the back wall !! Well, that hooked me and whenever I get up to the area, I make it a point to stop in.

Although I was hungry when I got there, I decided to lean back with a choice adult beverage while watching a Gamera movie on the rear wall. My choice? An IPA of course, with the name Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker.  At 100 IBUs and 9% ABV (alcohol by volume), this is a high intensity little cutie. The flavor is difficult to describe and the menu description didn’t help. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t really warm up to it, as much as I wanted. It was plenty hoppy but the overall flavor put me off. Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t finish it, because I did. It just ain’t kosher to waste booze. Dig?

The fish is mild but the slight grill char added a nice “earthy” element and the citrus salad really gives this dish a superb brightness that was unexpected. (Mostly because I was watching Gamera and wasn’t paying attention to the food.) The sliced jalapenos were just “sauce for the goose, Mr. Savik”. It isn’t a gut-buster portion, not by any stretch, but as I’ve mentioned before, when excellent ingredients are used in tandem with good recipes and a staff that give a sh** about the results,  it’s worth the money. This ain’t the Taco Bell  value menu. Thang Gawd. To compliment this dish, I tried a much less robust beer, Pride and Joy. From their website: This beer is 3 Floyd’s American “Mild” Ale. With a more assertive hop profile than British Milds and a relatively low alcohol content this is a great session beer that still has Pale Ale characteristics. Pride and Joy is a golden color with a fruity nose and a light caramel sweetness to balance the crisp finish. A truly refreshing ale that drinks easily. In case you aren’t familiar with the term “session beer” I have included a brief definition from the Beeradvocate website: Session beer
n.
Any beer that contains no higher than 5 percent ABV, featuring a balance between malt and hop characters (ingredients) and, typically, a clean finish – a combination of which creates a beer with high drinkability. The purpose of a session beer is to allow a beer drinker to have multiple beers within a reasonable time period or session without overwhelming the senses or reaching inappropriate levels of intoxication. (Yes, you can drink and enjoy beer without getting drunk.) Here is a link to a website with a much more in-depth definition: http://beeradvocate.com/articles/653 So, in short, 3 Floyds is the basement man-cave I’ll never have but will ALWAYS want. The beer list is extensive, eclectic and another word that starts with an “e” that would work super well here but at the moment, escapes me. And just as cool is the menu. You’re bound to find just the right food to go with your beer. Please, the next time you’re there, drop me a line and tell me what movie is on! Thanks in advance.

Three Floyds Brew Pub – 9750 Indiana Parkway-Munster, IN -46321 – 219-922-3565

KUNG FOOD MASTER RANK: BLUE BELT WITH 2 STRIPES

LA REVOLUCION

La Revolucion

In case you haven’t yet noticed, Fountain Square is fast becoming the next Broad Ripple without all of those pesky drunk college types doubled over depositing their evening  along the curb.  My guess is that visiting Superbowl patrons will make it a destination.  One of the more mod/rocker restaurants to pop up is Revolucion, a cantina and hipster hangout. NOTE: For the sake of FULL disclosure, I am chummy with the owners of this establishment and their employees. Although the storefront blends in with the other business fronts, once the door is open, the first thing to jump out at you is the decor. Bold colored local art, Mexican wrestler masks, sombreros and other Hispanic eye candy outfit the walls.

 

If you’re really paying attention, as well you should, you’ll notice that the music is NOT top 40 bubblegum nonsense or the standard Muzak we’re accustomed to. They’ve assumed that you’re much more savvy and sophisticated than that and have made adjustments to the music stream. All at no cost to you!

Kick A** Guac! Nuff Said.

Since you’ve planned ahead and gotten there early, go ahead and grab a seat, but not before checking out the chalkboard menu at the far end of the bar. And lucky you, this is the same section of bar space you’ll place your order. Is there nothing they haven’t thought of?  On the left side of the hanging menu, ya got “pinchos” (Spanish, literally, thorn or spike. Snacks typically eaten off toothpicks at bars while hanging out with friends). On the right are a handful of delicious taco variations. And what’s a bar without a burger? No, really, what is it? As of this writing, you have 3 burger choices. Two are meaty and one is vegetarian-friendly 🙂 (I’ve recently heard from a little bird that new vegetarian friendly dishes are in the development stages!).  As I won’t be trying the critter versions, I will comment on the veg-friendly burger. This is a black bean variant that does a body right. For those who are doing the town with carnivores but still want to hang with the cool kids, you won’t be disappointed with this offering.  Plus, the fries that go along with it are all crispy n stuff. Pass the salt, please. Thanks. If you’re burned-out on french fries, try the “Patatas Bravas” for a touch of heat. Oh, not hot enough? Ask your bartendress (yeah, that’s not a real word)  for one of the of the three or four homemade hot sauces . The guacamole is also homemade and you’ll appreciate this if you’ve ever had the store-bought variety.

What I hear from my carnivore friends is that the Tijuana Torpedo is rife with grilled jalapenos and the legendary heat that goes with them plus pepper-jack cheese! The Lardy Laddie burger comes with the standard accoutrements, lettuce, tomato, onion, plus bacon. Here’s a little inside info: the burgers are made with both beef AND pork. Mmmmmmmm, I guess, beef AND pork.

And, as if the food choices weren’t enough, they have a SH**- ton of tequilas! BTW, this translates to over 70 brands! Focus your gaze under the Tucan Sam piñata and “Children of the Corn” style crucifix if ya don’t believe me.  See? Told ya. SUCKA! In case you plan on missing Sunday services, you can always say a few words before the Virgin Mary located to the right of the beer taps (from the customer side of the bar, fool.) Too blasphemous? Then why are you at a bar? Sinner!  Speaking of sin, check out the host of bartendresses . Are they something, or what?!  Say, check out the, um, shoes on that one. Please pardon my pig-ish observations. I was wired this way. Luckily, my wife is a forgiving and kind soul. Right honey…..hello……..?

Since it’s winter and no time to be out-of-doors, you won’t be able to visit the tiki bar out back until spring. Yes, tiki! They’ve got Hawaiian statue face dudes, table umbrellas and everything! No sh**, lickity split!  Like I said earlier, it’s a hipster joint. And what better place for kitsch? If I had one wish to make a change to Revolucion, it would be to show Kung Fu / Hercules/ b-movies on an outside wall while I drink and dine.  This may sound too awesome for most people, but I think it’s a nice addition to any home or business.

Ok, I’ve made you wait long enough for pics of the goods. Prep for maximum droolage:

In short, this cantina is the epicenter (a focal point of activity) of south-of-the-border hipness, with a pinch of the kitsch geek in all of us.

The owners of this establishment also own Radio Radio, a music venue/bar, right across the street. However, a write-up on this place will have to wait for another time.  Adios for now, cats and kittens.

 

 

La Revolucion – 1132 Prospect St – Indianapolis, IN 46203 – (317) 423-9490

KUNG FOOD MASTER RANK: BLUE BELT, WITH 1 STRIPE