DINING: Canal eatery recreated

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

It’s called Creation Cafe (337 W. 11th St., 955-2389), but a better name for the restaurant at the top of the downtown canal might be Re-creation Café.

After all, when Buggs Temple reopened in 2007, the downstairs eatery was known as the Grille at Buggs Temple (as opposed to the upstairs Tavern at the Temple). The upstairs was recently relaunched as Euphoria and the downstairs as Creation Café. And a late-afternoon lunch at the latter proved that the second time is, in fact, a charm.

Much of that charm has to do with location. The eatery’s patio offers a lovely, tranquil look toward downtown.

The primary menu focus now is on salads, soups and sandwiches. Tomato Mozz Salad ($8.25) was an appetizing, if not surprising, starter. The Sinful Steak Sandwich ($11) may not lead to eternal damnation, but it artfully avoided imitating the Philly-style sandwich and, instead, offered slices of grilled-to-order steak on ciabatta bread, garnished with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and caper-horseradish mayo.

The overstated “World-famous mother clucker” sandwiches (the attempt at menu irreverence doesn’t quite fit the venue) yielded satisfaction as well.

The Sinful Steak Sandwich highlights a creative enough menu of soups, sandwiches and salads. (IBJ Photo/Robin Jerstad)

Our meal included the Clucker from Another Mother ($9—and you’re sick of the jokey names already, aren’t you?). Here, a standard grilled chicken breast was deliciously and subtly spiced with curry. Greens and cucumber yogurt provided both color and unexpectedly pleasurable accents.

The biggest issue here, for downtown employees, is parking. If you aren’t a Clarian employee, bring change and hope to grab a meter out front. Or, better yet, figure out how to take an extended lunch break and include a stroll to and from along the canal.•
—Lou Harry

First in a month-long series of visits to reborn cafes.




Post a comment to this story

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

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.