This is another unique mom-and-pop ethno-pizza combination along the lines of Brownsburg's Adriatic Pizza, but close by on West 38th street, just west of Georgetown Rd. His business model is similar to Eduardo's "Charlie Biggs Chicken with Filipino-on-the-side," i.e., cater to American tastes to pay the bills, but also share your own speciality on the side. In short: Indian/Pakistani Halal-Zabihah* Pizza ! The owner, from either Pakistan or India, wants the restaurant to be known as _American_ cuisine, specifically California style pizza. Their signature pizza crust is crispy on the bottom, and soft and delicate on the top. I loved the crust on the pizza I had, it was not heavy and chewy "industrial dough" like most of the big chains. The menu includes standard American pizza shop fare, cheese sticks, wings, potato wedges, curley fries, onion rings, garlic bread, green salad, Philly steak sub, New York steak sandwich, cheeseburgers, California style cheese pizzas with your selection of the standard toppings (but no pork products), oven baked chicken, and fried chicken pieces. However, the attraction for us ethnic food lovers are the Pakistani items, and the Indian style pizza with ginger. They offer chicken burgers, chappli burgers and chappli kabab, based on Pakistani recipes. Chappli is minced beef with spices. They also have a "Chicken Tikka Pizza," and an Indian style vegetarian pizza with _ginger_. I tried it, and YUM! Their other speciality pizza is a Chicken of Beef combo, with Halal-Zabihah* meat of course. (All meat served in the restaurant is Halal-Zabihah.) The Chicken or Beef combo Pizza comes with either a Red Pizza Sauce, or a Creamy Garlic Sauce. I also had the Indian style vegetarian pizza with ginger. They ask you what level of ginger spice you want. I requested "medium", but that was still enough for the ginger to have a noticeable after-bite, and lingering after-taste. But that's what I like about ginger. The toppings (mushrooms, olives, green peppers, onions, tomatoes) were cut in small pieces, but were generously applied. I'm going back to try the chicken burger and the chappli kabab. But even as a "pizza only" place, it's worth going there just for the pizza. They don't deliver at present, but do have carry out. The dining area is very large, with a large screen TV. They invite you to hold your party there, with free room rental when you order the food from them. Hours are 11am to 10pm. The dining area was clean and orderly, but without decorations. The men's room was cleaner than I expected. ----------------- * "Halal" means "permitted/allowed" [meat] (sort of "kosher") to a Muslim, and "zabihah" means it was slaughtered according to Islamic regulations.
1505 N Arlington AveIndianapolis, IN 46219
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This is a fun restaurant if you're wanting something different from the usual. As everyone said, they serve tapas, or small plates. This makes it fun because you can try several different things without being overwhelmed with quantity. My boyfriend and I went for dinner last night, and ended up getting about 5 small plates and 1 dessert. We were both stuffed and everything was delicious. They also have lots of good drinks, although all of their martinis are $7.50, so a few of those added up fairly quickly, but I think it's expected pricing for a restaurant downtown. The 2 drinks I had were yummy though, one was champagne mixed with wild berry liquer and the other had midori, pinapple, chambord and vanilla vodka. We started out with the goat cheese and tomato dip, which was delicious. It was also a very big portion, and could definitely be shared by more than 2 people. We also had the garlic chicken wings, which had a good flavor and were crispy like they should be. Next my boyfriend had fried artichokes and I got a beef skewer. The meat was super tender and juicy. They don't ask you how you want it cooked, however, and a couple bites were pretty rare for me, but my boyfriend enjoyed eating those bites. We also had two mini tapas they had on a 'dollar menu' of sorts. He got a chorizo stuffed olive and cheese filled cherry peppers, and I had fried mahon cheese, which was a very yummy cheese stick essentially. Everything had great flavor and was filling. We ended with the tres leches cake, which was creamy, moist and divine. I would eat a plate of just the topping and caramel sauce alone. We wanted to try their version of the creme brulee which is supposed to be fantastic, but they were out. We had a great waitress who made good recommendations and was very friendly the whole night.
This is on the North side of 82nd Street, in front of the Castleton Square mall. It's on the back (North) side of a little out-lot, so you can't see it from 82nd street. You can see "Casual Male" from the street, and Kabob Korner is directly behind it, on the other side of that building. Look for the National City Bank, and turn North there, as if you're going into the mall. Then go right (East), and it's just past Long John Silver's. They close from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, so remember that when you visit. You walk up to the counter to place your order and pay. They bring your food out to your table on a tray and plastic plates. You have to get your own plastic utensils, napkins, and water from the counter. Menu is limited, and posted on a board behind the counter. Kabobs come in sirloin beef, lamb, ground beef, and chicken, and then there are three other entrees. Entrees come with side of long grain rice (basmati I think) and small dinner salad. I really liked the dressing on the salad. Drinks include ice water (self serve), and bottled water/soda/tea, and hot coffee. Prices are good and food quality is worth going out of your way for. It's kind of set up on a fast-food arrangement, so the overall "dining experience" isn't impressive, but the food does impress. The owner works as the cashier, cook, and waiter, and is very personable. Dining area and men's room were very clean.