Indianapolis – 96th Street Steakburgers

Indianapolis has a lot of great places to get a hamburger and one of my Northside favorites is 96th St. Steakburger.  It’s been there for a few years and it seems to stay pretty busy.  On my last visit I ordered a double cheeseburger, fries and a drink ($6.99).

The burgers are thin like Steak & Shake so a double is a good way to go.  The standard toppings of lettuce, tomato and “special sauce” complete the burger.  You can “Styilze” your burger and get it Lettuce Style, Mustard Style or Monster Style.  I stuck with the classic this time around.

Lettuce Style replaces the bun with, you guessed it, lettuce.  Mustard Style has mustard grilled into the bun.  Monster Style has grilled onions and uses a Mustard Style bun.  I’ve had the mustard and monster styles and they’re a nice option if you want something different.  For $0.99 you can add a variety of toppings such as bacon and blue cheese.

The french fries are fresh-cut with the skin on.  They’re similar to Penn Station only thinner.  On this visit my fries were a little under cooked.  Not by a lot but they could have stayed in the fryer another minute.  Bottles of malt vinegar are available to add a little tang.  The fries do not come seasoned so a little salt helps too.

Service is usually fast and your order takes 4-5 minutes to get ready.  That’s plenty of time to fix your drink and grab some condiments.  Seating is a mixture of booths, free-standing tables and high-tops.  If you’re in the 96th & Keystone area and want a pretty decent burger give 96th St. Steakburger a try.

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Indianapolis City Market – 3 Days in Paris

Table with a view

My son & I ventured downtown last Saturday to check out the Indy Winter Farmers Market that’s now in the historic Indianapolis City Market.  The plan was to do a little scouting around and then head to the Torta shop I reviewed the other day.  The Torta shop ended up being closed because they are expanding (good news!).  We both immediately decided to go back to the City Market and check out 3 Days in Paris.

We had a great experience at Findlay Market’s Crêpe Shop in Cincinnati so we were hoping for something similar.  Like the other shop the food is made in front of you and it takes about 5 minutes to make it.  Like Cincinnati there was a gathering of people waiting on their food and watching the crêpe makers in action.

Sweet Crêpe

We ordered one sweet and one savory crêpe.  The sweet being one of the day’s specials ($5.00).  It consisted of chocolate, bananas, marshmallows and crushed graham crackers.  The savory called “Red Eggs & Bacon” ($6.50) was filled with Egg, Bacon, Havarti, Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.  I put a little squirt of Siracha sauce on the savory plate just in case it needed a little flavor boost.

One of the things I like about the City Market is the ring of balcony seating on the second floor.  It gives a great view of the facility and it’s out of the way of the crowds.  We headed upstairs and grabbed a table with a great view.

Savory Crêpe (almost gone!)

We were both very happy with our decision to return to the market for lunch.  I liked the Indianapolis version of my crêpe better than the one in Cincinnati, mainly because it had more flavor.  I did end up using a little Siracha towards the end though.  The sweet crêpe was very good and the dark chocolate kept it from being overly sweet.

The Indianapolis City Market is located at 222 E Market St. and if you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday morning check out the Indy Winter Farmers Market.  I will warn you that a lot of the shops at the City Market are closed on the weekends but parking is free in the lot to the east and the Farmers Market has a lot to offer.
Note to self: make sure to wipe off the fingerprint smudges on your camera phone before shooting pictures for a review!  One of the very few design flaws on the Blackberry 9930.

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Sriracha sauce

We’ve Joined the Indianapolis Bloggers Group!

I found this group by chance through a mention on another site I follow.  The Indianapolis Bloggers group’s mission is to become a gathering place for fellow bloggers in Indianapolis and the surrounding cities.   Just looking at their site has led me to discover even more area bloggers with a lot of different interests.

Check it out & be sure to join if you have an active Indianapolis area blog!