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Banh Mi in Indianapolis area?

I've recently gotten hooked on Banh Mi, but don't know of any places in the Indy area that serve it. I know there are a couple of good Vietnamese restaurants around, but don't recall seeing it on their menus--more pho and rice-based dishes than sandwiches. If there aren't any places that sell them ready-made, know of any good sources of the pickled veg etc? Saraga, perhaps? Thanks!!

Mar 28, 2008
jettababs in General Midwest Archive

Everything is Better Topped with an Egg

Croque madames are excellent vehicles for eggs, as are the similar eggs in a basket, best with sourdough. And I have a secret love, from my childhood, for the Rice-a-Roni stir-fry flavor with a fried egg on top.

Mar 25, 2008
jettababs in Home Cooking

Waffle House! Are they any good?

We're lucky, we've got a great one near our house and have hit some pretty good ones on roads south. Our local has a great crew, that's beginning to recognize us, and quite a cast of characters coming and going. The waffles are always piping hot and crisp, the hash browns sometimes a bit soggy but they're always generous with the cheese and onions and ham, coffee is excellent. They have raisin toast and Johnny Cash on the jukebox--what more could you want? Especially at 2 am.

Mar 25, 2008
jettababs in Chains

Guilty Pleasure

If that's true, I'm so doomed! Burgers, Fish Nibblers, and those jalepeno burgers......that probably puts me, what, in the third ring of Hades at least?

Mar 19, 2008
jettababs in General Topics

Guilty Pleasure

My friends have jokingly told me that they'll know I'm pregnant when I crave "normal" food--ie PB&J's, Chick Fil'A, etc instead of the broccoli raab and anchovies and sushi I love.
That said, I love some White Castles, especially the jalepeno burgers, and those little Reese's PB cups, and Taco Bell, and the Fruity Pebbles and all the new versions with funky flavors and marshmallows. When I was a kid, it was Kix, Wheeta-Bix, or Rice Krispies, so now, the sugary-er, the better.

Mar 19, 2008
jettababs in General Topics

Coop's

We've eaten at Coop's several times--the first time on the recommendation of a local--and have never had problems with the service. It's always been insanely crowded, so it can be a bit slow, but it's always friendly. Actually, the guy who was our server the last time also made our coffees at Cafe d'Envie down the block, so he was kind of a familiar face. The food and the atmosphere both make it a must-go every time we're there--we're very slowly working on becoming regulars! I always get the pasta with shrimp and tasso--heavenly, and very spicy.

Feb 29, 2008
jettababs in New Orleans

What not to order on a date

Depending on the context and comfort level, working one's way through a crawfish boil could either be very disturbing, or possibly intriguing....

(for those who have not had the delight of a crawfish boil, you pinch the heads off, peel the bodies much like shrimp, then suck all the tasty juices out of the head. it tends to freak out the squeamish).

Nov 09, 2007
jettababs in Not About Food

Food and Jazz for Nawlins newbies

I'd second/third Casamento's--excellent oysters, and it's a unique place. Go early, or be prepared to wait a while.
For breakfast, there's also the Camellia Grill. Most amazing, fluffiest omelets ever, and the guys who work the counter are a trip.
Mandina's, on Canal, is a tasty neighborhood place with their own versions of local cuisine. Very tasty oyster po boys.
And, not entirely New Orleans but delicious nonetheless, La Davini's Gelato on Magazine (not close enough to Casamento's to walk unless you have plenty of time to spare, though). Heavenly homemade gelato with an emphasis on local and natural ingredients, changes every few days, and can be served in a croissant--utter decadence.

Nov 09, 2007
jettababs in New Orleans

Is there anything you just can't make, no matter how hard you try? [Moved from General Topics board]

I can't make anything in my slow cooker without it turning to wallpaper paste. I've read the cookbooks, followed the recipes, and it all just turns to sludge. My MIL laughs at me, because I can do roasted chicken and homemade pasta, no problem, but the slow cooker mocks me every time.

Oct 23, 2007
jettababs in Home Cooking

Dinner recs in Indy near I-70, I-465N or I-65N?

465 will be terrible, traffic-wise, too. If you hit around 6 pm, the worst of it should be over, but you can never tell...best to find a tasty place for dinner and hunker down until it's over.

Oct 10, 2007
jettababs in General Midwest Archive

Trying to get over my fear of oysters.

My husband, our nieces, and I gorged ourselves on oysters in all forms at the Acme Oyster Bar in New Orleans. One of our nieces, who is notoriously picky, actually agreed to try one--first the chargrilled, then the raw. I won't say she enjoyed the raw one, but she did have another chargrilled oyster--and this is a girl who is leery of fried shrimp! So, they're more user-friendly than their reputation would suggest. My husband, who still won't eat sushi, always looks forward to his next plate of raw oysters. I've met very few people who didn't love them, once they tried them.

Oct 10, 2007
jettababs in General Topics

Dinner recs in Indy near I-70, I-465N or I-65N?

There's also Bazbeaux Pizza, across the street from MacNiven's. Excellent thin-crust pizza, in both standard and gourmet versions. Their Quattro Formaggio is heavenly--mozz, cheddar, ricotta, mushrooms, bacon.
What direction will you be heading in? North? There's some good restaurants up there, too, but close to the interstate exits it's mostly chains.

Oct 10, 2007
jettababs in General Midwest Archive