IBJOpinion

DINING: Rooting for Broad Ripple's Canal Bistro

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Dining - A&E

This week, our month-long experiment with the iPhone Urban Spoon feature (type in a region, shake, and get a restaurant recommendation) led us to Canal Bistro International Grille (6349 N. Guilford Ave., 254-8700). It was my first visit to the Middle Eastern eatery, which now has an expanded dining room and bar, giving more of a loungy feel to the bridge-side eatery.

While we let fate (helped by the pocket electronic device) pick the Broad Ripple spot, my guest and I didn't let it dictate our dining choices. After the complimentary warm pita (whose taste was marred by strips of char. Nice to know it wasn't from a microwave, but still ... ) we maximized our chances of hitting a winner by ordering the Mazza Plate ($12).

This Mediterranean sampler came anchored with two bowls, one of thick hummus and the other finely chopped tabouli. The former disappeared quicker than the equally satisfying latter. Also on the plate: falafel, feta cheese, calamata olives, and bite-sized triangular spinach pie (I'd call it spanakopita but that, I think, would imply more spinach).

The meal could have been over at that point, but we kept exploring, encountering a Lamb Burger ($10) that left us wondering why stray from beef if you can't find something equally enjoyable? On the other hand, the Gyros Sandwich ($7) excelled, with thick slices of the traditional rotisserie beef and lamb dressed, but not smothered, in tzatziki sauce.

With any sandwich (there's also Falafel, Kafta Kabab, Shawarma, Grilled Feta Cheese, and hey-where-did-that-come-from Wild Salmon), you can get the standard fries (and by standard we mean plentiful and medium-thick), but remember where you are. In the interest of embracing the Mediterranean nature of the surrounding menu, we sampled — and now strongly recommend — the upgrade that tops the fries with crumbled feta cheese (although it kicked the price up to $9.50).

I only wish that we, like the restaurant, had more room. The Grilled Fruits dessert ($6) sounded promising, but we'll wait until next time.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

ADVERTISEMENT