In 1997 Nuvo Magazine* said The Donut Shop Bakery & Restaurant on North Keystone had the best omelet. In 2005 it was awarded the “Best Chocolate Iced Cake Donut”*.
An old Indianapolis Monthly article* mentions the area used to be a rare and ancient peat bog that was drained in the 60’s as well as a 385-acre dairy farm and part of the Freedom Trail. I was unable to find an exact year it opened but I assume The Donut Shop has to have been around since the early 70’s.
Let’s just say this place isn’t new. And it doesn’t feel new when you arrive, which is OK with me. It’s clean and well kept for sure (except for that squeaky kitchen swing door) and that says a lot. I stopped in on a workday while making my way downtown and the crowd was light but steady.
I’ve been driving past this place for a long time and only really noticed it about 2-years ago. I must have been looking at all the car lots that used to be across the street in the area.
After being really disappointed with the last few places I’d stopped for breakfast (looking at you Wild Eggs & Yolk with your $13+ disappointment platters) I thought I’d see if a so-called greasy spoon could fill the void. I’m not asking for much. Scramble some eggs, crisp up some shredded potatoes and do more than partially cook some bacon. Toast or a biscuit is a nice addition but don’t call it homemade/scratch when it’s clearly previously frozen and delivered on a truck twice a week.
Upon arrival at The Donut Shop I was promptly seated, had a menu in hand, and coffee on the table in about 30-seconds. Oddly the napkin wrapped flatware only contained a fork and knife. No spoon for my single pack of sugar & container of half and half. I made the fork pull double duty today.
This place has a nice list of breakfast combos & I choose the #2 consisting of Two Eggs; Potatoes; Choice of Ham, Bacon, Sausage, or Turkey; and Toast for only $5.25 I picked Bacon & Rye toast this visit.
As I waited for my food I noticed this place seemed to have a lot of regulars eating in and carrying out (food and donuts). The phone was pretty busy too with call in orders.
After about 5-6 minutes my breakfast arrived and it looked great. The bacon was very thin and crisp and the hash browns were about as perfect as you can get. The eggs were scrambled nicely and the toast nicely buttered. The potatoes were probably my favorite closely followed by that toast. It was a proper rye bread that was cut on the thick side which I like.
This was a solid meal for the money and I was out the door for under $10 with coffee and tip (CASH ONLY). I hear this place is crazy on the weekends and I can totally see that. Not sure where everyone parks as the parking situation is pretty sparse. I’m sure people get creative and “entitled” (don’t get me started on how people park around Indy).
When I have the time and if I’m in the area I’ll happily stop back in and I look forward to trying out some other combos on the menu.
The Donut Shop
5527 N. Keystone Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
*Info from the Donut Shop’s website – http://www.thedonutshoponline.com/buzz#
I’ve wanted to try this place out for a while now and had the opportunity to go 2-days in a row over a recent weekend. Northside Kitchenette is owned by the same people who run the next door Northside Social (one of my favorite north-side restaurants for a date night).
The first day we went around lunch time I had the “kitchen’ette’ sink” ($12) which features a 1/2 order of Biscuits and Gravy topped with breakfast potatoes, bacon crumbles, two eggs over easy and cheddar cheese. This was a really good play on the type of skillet dishes you can get at other places but this was in a bowl with enough gravy and sauce for 2 orders. I really liked this dish. It was rich and filling enough to leave me full for most for the rest of the day. I totally spaced taking pictures but it’s worth checking out if you’re hungry. My son ordered the same as me and the girlfriend ordered the Eggs Benedict ($11) (sauce on the side). Everyone was happy with their dishes and each said they would order the same again.
The next day we had the opportunity to return, and we did! This time I went for the Eggs Benedict (also sauce on the side because a bad sauce can ruin an otherwise delicious dish) and my date ordered a half-order of their brioche french toast ($6). A couple of libations were in order and we tried the Raspberry Bellini ($9) and Hibiscus Mimosa ($10) the latter of which included a delicious candied hibiscus flower in the bottom of the glass. Both were well balanced and very refreshing.
Just about all of the dishes come with roasted, and quartered, potatoes. While delicious in the “kitchen’ette’ sink” (because of all of the sauces) they were strongly seasoned on their own. We definitely tasted cumin and, I think, rosemary. I appreciate the aggressive seasoning, which is unusual in most potato sides, but it was a little much on their own so I opted for fruit on the second visit. The fruit cup was delicious and contained a great mix of pineapple, grapes, and berries.
I’m really happy with the quality of the food at Northside Kitchenette. Everything tasted fresh and the portions were just right for my appetite. Being able to get seated right away on a weekend is a BIG plus in my book. They had a steady rotation of customers and the service on both occasions was attentive and just right. I’m happy to drive down from Fishers every once in a while to enjoy a nice breakfast/Brunch/Lunch at this place.
What’s your experience with Northside Kitchenette? Any other places I should be checking out on a Sunday morning?
6515 N College Ave
Indianapolis IN 46220
I’ve driven past Henry’s Coffee Bistro many times when working downtown. I had some work to get done before visiting one of my clients and needed somewhere to work for a while. Since I was driving down East St it seemed like a good time to check out Henry’s. The free parking on the north side of the building was a big plus since there was NO street parking to be found in the area.
I was a little surprised that the place was empty at 9:30 am and so was Mike the lone employee behind the counter. We had a pleasant conversation and he proceeded to tell me about the place and some of their offerings. I settled on a sausage and egg croissant and an Americano coffee.
The Bistro has a nice variety of food and drinks and the walls are covered with interesting artwork that can be purchased. The location on East Street just south of Mass Ave, and adjacent to the Nestle Inn, makes it a little hard to find the first time (if you’re not familiar with the area).
The sandwich was much bigger than I was expecting and it hit the spot. The coffee was served in a large ceramic mug and was perfectly prepared. Before I left another small group came in for what looked like a meeting/interview but other than that the place was pretty quiet and not busy at all. I hope it’s just because of the inclement weather we were having at the time because I’d hate to see this place go out of business.
I’m always looking for nice little places to tuck into and get some work done between meetings, or just to get out of the office and have a nice change of pace. I’ve had my share of meetings at the Coffee Chain’s and will always choose something local if I have the option. The vibe and atmosphere are always better.
Henry’s is open for breakfast and lunch daily and I’ve been told the place is pretty busy for Brunch on the weekends. If you’re in the area check it out and let me know what you think!
Henry’s Coffee Bistro
627 East St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
I’m actually kind of excited about this.
I’m a sucker for a Sausage Egg and Cheese McMuffin but I’m not always craving it first thing in the morning. I could pass on the other items McDonalds sells (although I always seem to want a Big Mac after a hard workout at the gym).
Starting on Tuesday, October 6th, McDonald’s will be offering some breakfast items all day long. According to the McDonald’s website, “Depending on the local market, All Day Breakfast will have a limited menu that focuses on either McMuffin or Biscuit items.”
So it’s a 50/50 chance I’ll be able to get a McMuffin vs a Biscuit. I’m going to make an educated guess that the biscuit option will be available in the south and rural areas (but I could be wrong).
Anyone else excited about this? Leave your feedback below.
…and replace it with Sausage Gravy!
I woke up with the need for a substantial breakfast Saturday morning and all the local places in Fishers had their typical weekend wait so I took a chance and headed north a few miles to Best Bet on the southern end of Noblesville (near 146th and 37).
I’ve been here a few times before and the food has always been above average. The decor is Vegas themed (as are the dish descriptions). It’s a little to cutesy for me but when you get past that they serve a solid breakfast.
The staff is very friendly and you’re greeted by more than one as soon as you walk in the door. Once you’re seated (I opted for the counter this trip) you get a basket with buttered toast and a red/greed coaster to indicate your desire, or lack there of, to get more of the unlimited side item that comes with every breakfast meal.
As I was looking over the menu the head cook said they had 10 kinds of Eggs Benedict on the weekends and her favorite substituted the typical hollandaise sauce for sausage gravy. That was all I needed to hear and I placed my order then and there.
I enjoy sitting at the counter and watching my food being prepared. This time was no exception as the head cook skillful poached my eggs in a small skillet filled with water (I need to try that trick). As soon as the english muffin was toasted things came together rather quickly.
2 Toasted Muffin halfs
2 Sausage Patty’s
2 Poached Eggs
2 Ladles of Sausage Gravy
1 Cup of Breakfast Potatoes
Most (if not all) breakfast dishes at Best Bet come with a side of potatoes. These are unlike most breakfast potatoes in the respect they are not fried, crispy or greasy. These potatoes are steamed bakers that are then mashed up on the flat top, seasoned, and browned just enough to give them good flavor. I could eat these as a side to just about any dish. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the sausage gravy had a good flavor and consistency.
Total damage with a cup of coffee came in at around $12 plus tip.
Little rant (not related to the meal)… This place needs a website with their menu available online. I’m seeing more and more businesses standing up a Facebook page and calling it a day (and Best Bet is no exception). Their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since Memorial Day 2014. People are using their phones more and more to find places to eat and look at menus. It’s been a deciding factor more than once with me. If I can’t see your menu before I get there I’m probably going to go to the place that has one online.
Now that we have that out of the way I will say this was a solid meal and it held me over well into the afternoon before I was even thinking about eating again. Feeling a little guilty after that breakfast I opted for some sushi for dinner and balanced things out (in my mind anyway).
If you’re looking for a quick meal on a weekend morning you should give this place a shot.