IBJNews

DINING: Price buffers pleasure of The Alexander's buffet

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

This month, IBJ Dining has been exploring not-quite-downtown eateries. And while the City Way development is, technically, a part of downtown, the overpass still acts as a deterrent for lunch migration south. That might change, of course, as more retailers set up shop at City Way.

Filling in some of the dining void, the City Way-anchoring The Alexander hotel has opened its airy breakfast buffet Market Table (333 S. Delaware St., 624-8222) to the public, expanding it to include lunch ($20.95—“which includes beverages,” the hostess stressed) as well as Sunday brunch (ditto). And while buffets might not be ideal for a business lunch where too much popping up and down can spoil the flow of the conversation, they can work well for staff meetings provided everyone loads up before tackling the business at hand.

ae-dining-markettable01-15col.jpg Straight-from-the-oven pizza proves a highlight at the Market Table buffet. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

Boasting “thoughtful foods for thoughtful minds” and emphasizing fresh produce and locally raised meats, Market Table crafts its dishes, for the most part, in open kitchen stations. The menu changes daily.

During a recent lunch, the stations were populated with amiable, helpful cooks and servers—although, as with most buffets, the servers have little to do except deliver drinks and make you wonder how much you actually should be tipping.

Unfortunately, this visit occurred concurrently with that of a convention group. While there’s ample space in the dining room—which includes a glass-enclosed area for private meetings—things are tighter around the serving stations. The result: lots of standing around in uncertain lines.

A made-to-order pasta station served red-sauced pasta tossed in garlic, oil and tomatoes. Despite the lines, we avoided the rookie buffet error of loading up on our first trip and were rewarded with the chance to eat the simple but worthy dish while it remained warm. Alas, that didn’t help our other entrees, which were barely above room temperature when we collected them. An exception: pizzas, including barbecue chicken, fresh from the oven.

I expected more from the salad bar, where the basics didn’t even include a low-fat dressing option.

Redemption came at the gelato bar, with a myriad of flavors from subtle basic chocolate to inner-child-feeding birthday cake. There were toppings, too, to sweeten the deal. And a grab-and-go fruit display allowed us to snag apples for mid-afternoon office noshing.

The buffet offered better (and warmer) options on my guest’s return visit for the Sunday brunch. Besides the usual breakfast fare, he reported that the offerings included an omelet bar, carving station, cold sandwiches and loose cheeses. Hot dishes included polenta and turkey chili. And his party of five was more than satisfied.

For the price, though, I couldn’t help but feel let down. When the lunch tab tops $20, I want to at least find something that makes me crave more trips to the line.•

—Lou Harry

__________

Last in a month-long series of just-out-of-downtown dining reviews.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Alexander The Great
    Sorry but the mention of Alexander leads me to think of Grover Cleveland Alexander and baseball. And for $20 per serving I can skip lunch and easily enjoy an Indians game for two! Food there isn't too shabby either.

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. Good Day I am Mr (Victoria Wright) from United state of America, i stayed in NEW YORK, and i have a broke up business, until i found this company email who help me to gain a loan for business,, and now i want to used this short medium to congratulate the below company for the fast and safe money they loan to me without any form of collateral, i loan 500,000USD from the company to save my business and lots more, i saw their mail on the internet, everyone always give testimony for what they did, so i quickly contacted them and they all did everything for me without stress and my money was sent to my account just 3 days later, i was surprise and i feel so glad, now i have a standard business control agent who help me, now i will advice those who need urgent loan to contact him at the bellow email:zenithfirm12@gmail.com

  2. NOTICE:This is to inform the general public that Vampires are real. My name is James Franklyn.,am an agent of vampire,am here to introduce our new world trend to you,a world of vampire where life get easier,we have made so many persons vampires and have turned them rich,you will be assured long life and prosperity,you shall be made to be very sensitive to mental alertness,stronger and also very fast,you will not be restricted to walking at night only even at the very middle of broad day light you will be made to walk.In case you are wildly oppressed by some unscrupulous persons we can still help you fight them.Your protection is assured immediately you join.Just contact the bellow email if you are interested we are here to attend to you anytime you want us. Contact the bellow email for more details. Email:vampirescreed@hotmail.com Sincerely: James Franklyn.

  3. Bravo! Someone else that is willing to speak the truth! Bravo!_____NBCSN is available in almost 2 MILLION more homes than just a few years ago, but Indycar STILL gets less total viewers than it did just a few years ago when NBC took over Versus. Attendance and ratings cratered with the end of season races (just when the title battle got "interesting" HAH!__________And now...new race in Basilia, where Miles celebrated the "rich history" of Indycar racing there. Rich history? What, 7 events in the 100 years of AOW? Yep, some history. Well, at least its an oval. It's not??? Are you kidding me??? Gosh darn road racin furriners.

  4. PURITY RAY LOAN OFFER........ Have you been denied by your banks,or are you in need of of an urgent loan to pay of your bills we are capable of giving loans @ cheaper rate to interested individuals, student, companies and members of the public in need of finance to settle bills, we do offer considerable loans which you can count on. For more information on our various types of loan,then you will have to contact PURITY RAY LOAN FIRM, to help you achieve your desire LOAN APPLICATION FORM TO BE FILLED BORROWERS INFORMATION * Full name:………………………. * SEX * ……………………………. * Country………………………….. * State:……………………………. * Land:…………………………….. * Occupation:…………………….. * phone number:…………………. * Telephone: ………………………….. * Age:………………………………. * Amount needed as loan:……… * Loan Duration:………………….. * Propose of Loan:……………….. * Annual revenue:………………… * Monthly Income:……………….. * Guarantee:………………………. * Payment: monthly or annually Email.....purityrayloanfirm@gmail.com Thank you and God bless Mr Purity Ray PURITY RAY LOAN FIRM we tend to serve you better

  5. Problem: most of the people responding to this article don't know about this service AT ALL! Why? Lack of awareness. This isn't IndyGo. This is CIRTA: might as well be the mattress company because they are asleep at the wheel - something like 3 directors over the last year? Playing with federal grant money is great! This "region" wants commuter rail service, has spent MILLIONS on Transportation studies yet can't even support a commuter bus line? This is largely for suburban riders to get to downtown - not for "service people to work in our hotels and restaurants" ! Get your head out of your backside!! These are professionals, students etc. that don't want to fight traffic, save some money on parking, gas, stress.... if CIRTA would put their federal money into widely promoting the sevive to Greenwood, Fishers & Carmel instead of finding directors and studies - this would be a successful service. Our family uses(d) it daily for the last several years - but the recent uncertainty & now unreliability due to cuts from Carmel has been a problem. Now, costs us an additional $350/month for gas & parking ( $4200/year) plus vehicle wear, service, environmental impact ... YES - this REGION needs this this type of service in order to keep growing and getting the people it needs to fill skilled positions in downtown Indianapolis. Think outside of your own car !!!

ADVERTISEMENT