New Orleans is one of those places with its own pizzazz. You can’t ever forget the place. It just kind of tugs at your soul and gently calls for your return. Cafe Du Monde is worth the trip alone for beignets and cafe au lait, but the city also boasts one of the greatest sandwich creations ever invented, the po boy. Now, you don’t have to trek that far for one, thanks to Papa. Papa Roux, now with a location at the city market, and their original location at 10th and Post, makes Po Boys that New Orleans and all of Louisiana are jealous of. They have everything from smoked sausage to bbq pork to catfish and beef and a few other stops in between. They have amazing cole slaw and the vouxdoux onions are worth the additional George. The sides at 10th and post will wear you out and you will never walk away dejected. These guys are grand slammers every time, personally and professionally. Get to know the Papa, and be a part of the family.
Chi-town might be known for the dog, and Nathans of New York has definitely laid claim to the same culinary art, but Indy has its own original that can soar with the best of them. The old Henne meat recipe goes down smooth and succulent. But, I have to admit that the monster is one of the greatest items I have ever purchased. It gets even better when you ask for the Godzilla and they add a chopped up dog to the mix of fries, tots, chili, cheese, jalapenos, onions and the like. You will not be disappointed. Their new location has plenty of space for you and your friends, but you might still have to call a taxi to take you back to your car. Enjoy my friends.
Tucked in between the Rusted Moon Outfitters and the Broad Ripple Brewpub is one of Indianapolis’ best casual dining spots. The Monon Food Company serves up some of the freshest and best-tasting food in the city. Their presentation is always spot on and the flavor does not disappoint. As a bellydiver, I must admit that it scares me when a restaurant does not own a deep fryer. Baked potatoes are fine, and mashed potatoes will sometimes do the trick, but sandwiches need French fries, don’t they? The answer after visiting the MoFoCo, is of course not. If all potatoes could taste like the grill-top specialty item that is seasoned to perfection over there at 6420 Cornell Avenue, the world might end up being a healthier place, and I would lose some weight. But, the potatoes pale in comparison to the absolutely amazing taco creations that emerge from that kitchen. The chipotle fish taco complete with cabbage, chipotle mayo, fresh pico de gallo and guacamole is downright fantastic and worthy of a repeat visit in its own right. They have a Hawaiian fish taco as well, and the grilled tenderloin is begging you to step back across the fried dividing line. Dave, the general manager, is ready and willing to care for each customer, and the kitchen is poised to challenge anyone’s ability to breathe fire. As the old Pepsi slogan used to say, “the customer is why!” Monon Food Company gets it, and so should you. You won’t regret it.
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