Tucked in the building at the corner of Michigan and Pennsylvania in downtown Indianapolis is City Cafe, a hoosier treasure. You walk into a quaint diner where the owner says, “we’d rather put the money on the plate than in the decorations.” The decorations were just fine and the food was fantastic. These guys are creative and want to showcase the best that Indiana has to offer. The BBQ sandwich sauce is made with Shag Hickory Bark syrup which is only made in Brown County, and the chips are from the City Market. They also surprise a lot of people with their tenderloin (a hoosier specialty) which is a rare beef tenderloin, instead of pork and is not deep fried to a golden and glorious brown. For breakfast, they serve homemade sausage infused with sage walnut pesto. They have “love” relish complete with jalapenos in great grandma’s bread and butter pickle sauce. It is named such, because everyone who has ever tasted it has loved it. You can top off one of their robust meals with some lime-cilantro sour cream. You can even add some cookies and milk for dessert. This is fine food with creative flare cooked and served by people who care. That’s a recipe I look forward to eating and sharing with as many people as possible.
I just went back for breakfast, and you simply have to get to this restaurant and enjoy some of the best food and friendly service around these parts. The eggs Benedict was amazing and the grits were unique and magnificent. My man, Greg, was digging on the roast beef hash, and the sides of syrup and Cajun ketchup just kicked it all up to another level. You won’t be sorry.