Bellydiving is all about finding and enjoying the local and regional restaurants. We love to meet the owners and experience their passion for their style and for their particular delicacies. In all of my years of eating Asian food, I don’t know that I have ever found a nicer group of people than the owner and employees at Egg Roll #1, Pho #1 just off the interstate on Emerson Avenue in Beech Grove. They always greet you with joy as you walk in the door. If you turn to the right as you enter, you will be met by a wall of menu pictures. Each successive picture adds fuel to the flame of your appetite, and if you are like my friend Josh, you might end up with 4 meals, an appetizer and some Vietnamese iced coffee. I must admit that I might have been caught with more than one meal on an occasion or two myself.
The Pho Thai is downright amazing, and can be made extra spicy upon request. Their breaded chicken is out of this world and the coffee made with sweetened condensed milk and Cafe du Monde blend coffee with chicory is almost a necessity on every visit. It only takes a moment to become family at this restaurant, and there’s nothing like family. I’ll meet you there tomorrow at 11:01. We’ll sit in the corner.
Amazing Joe’s Grill
I was sitting at la casa de Josh and he was reading off the menus of a couple of restaurants that we had never experienced. Little did we know that it was going to be 4 hours and 43 minutes until the delicacies were going to grace our lips and satisfy the cravings of all those pent up fleeting visions of how something so magnificently described with words could actually morph into reality. We finally waltzed into Amazing Joes on the river and just off the Ball State campus in Muncie under the cover of darkness. We turned the corner into our 3-walled nook and Kait served up some sample peanut slaws that started the engines and whetted the appetite for the treasures that were about to be delivered to the table. Hailey ordered fried pickles, and they were most definitely on point. She also chose the chicken Mac and Cheese. I know what you’re thinking. Why would anybody choose Mac and Cheese When burgers had been on the brain for hours? You need to just leave Hailey alone, because she might be starting a tradition. That Mac and Cheese was slammin’. The only thing Hailey did wrong was only eat six bites. The rest of us ordered what we had been dreaming of since its description was first proclaimed from the leather couch on the south side of the living room. The Fugedaboutit comes complete with Angus beef, mozzarella sticks, steak-cut fries, onion rings, bbq sauce, cheese, bacon and a fried egg. There’s only one bad thing about thie burger…the experience ends way too soon. I would put this burger up against anyone’s culinary attempt to make a better burger. Pair it with the peanut slaw and you cannot go wrong. There is a rumor that an Amazing Joes might open a new location in Indianapolis. I would like to offer my house as a potential location.