IBJOpinion

DINING: Eye has new Broad Ripple focus

The Red Eye

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

The new digs for former downtowner The Red Eye (1904 Broad Ripple Ave., 602-5500) may be a tad too far to stumble for the after-last-call crowd on Broad Ripple Avenue, but getting there requires only a short ride with a designated driver.

Taking over the former site of the Tin Star, The Red Eye acknowledges its roots with a hand-breaded tenderloin ($6.99, grilled or breaded) that the menu calls “huge.” This one, though, was a kid’s meal compared to others that boast of their bigness. Not every tenderloin has to be a plate-tipper, of course, but this relatively diminutive one got lost in the crunchy fried coating. The onion rings (a $1.99 upgrade to any sandwich), however, were stellar, ranging from single-bite end pieces to handcuff-sized monsters, all tempura battered.
 

Breakfast combo at Red Eye Cafe Breakfast is an ample highlight anytime at the 24-hour Red Eye. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Thick French toast—on bread from nearby Breadsmith—was a highlight of the No. 4 Breakfast Combo ($5.99, including bacon, sausage, eggs). All the omelets, including the well-loaded Red Eye Chili Omelet ($6.99), come sided with flavorful home fries. Our only complaint was the lack of a good juice selection.

The best of both worlds may be the Breakfast Burger with egg, bacon and cheese ($3.49 for a single). The Red Eye wisely bucked the trend for bigger and bigger burgers—and bigger and bigger price points—and, instead, offers a smaller disc with the option to double ($4.49) or triple ($4.99).

Ordering takes place at the counter, but if you are feeling wobbly, take a paper menu to a table and figure things out from there.•

—Lou Harry

__________

Second in a month-long series of reviews of red, white and blue eateries.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Horrible food
    After eating at the Broad Ripple Red Eye Cafe twice now, I will not be going back.

    The food was served cold -- the has browns were mushy, stone cold and had congealed grease on them.

    When I took them back to the kitchen the staff just shrugged at me...

    The omelet I ordered was to have cheese in it. There was none.

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. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

  4. GOOD DAY to you I am Mr Howell Henry, a Reputable, Legitimate & an accredited money Lender. I loan money out to individuals in need of financial assistance. Do you have a bad credit or are you in need of money to pay bills? i want to use this medium to inform you that i render reliable beneficiary assistance as I'll be glad to offer you a loan at 2% interest rate to reliable individuals. Services Rendered include: *Refinance *Home Improvement *Inventor Loans *Auto Loans *Debt Consolidation *Horse Loans *Line of Credit *Second Mortgage *Business Loans *Personal Loans *International Loans. Please write back if interested. Upon Response, you'll be mailed a Loan application form to fill. (No social security and no credit check, 100% Guaranteed!) I Look forward permitting me to be of service to you. You can contact me via e-mail howellhenryloanfirm@gmail.com Yours Sincerely MR Howell Henry(MD)

  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

ADVERTISEMENT