His menus change daily and some things are in the rotation frequently and others less so. (I regularly check his daily menus on facebook.) The first time I went in, I was intrigued by the linguine with asparagus and Laughing Bird shrimp scampi ($12). Pasta is a big lunch for me, but it sounded good and I knew hubby would eat the rest later (which he did). It was really tasty—lots of slices of garlic and asparagus pieces that were just about the same size as the shrimp and it had plenty of fresh parmesan too. It was fairly simple, but well done—the shrimp are smallish and sweet and were cooked just right.
The next trip, he had fried chicken ($10). So, well, duh, that was a no brainer for me. I certainly wasn’t passing that up. He gives quite a generous portion for lunch. There was a thigh, a leg and a breast/wing combo that I really liked because he had taken out most of the bone. The chicken was buttermilk marinated giving it a nice tangy flavor under the crust and the breast meat was sort of shockingly juicy. I love fried chicken breasts done well, but it is almost always dry, so I usually only eat the dark meat, but I think this breast was even better than the dark pieces. The skin was nicely seasoned and crispy and I really liked the coarse grits served alongside—I am normally a person who nearly always gets mashed potatoes with fried chicken when given the option, but this was a nice variation because of their texture. There were also collard greens under the chicken with some big hunks of pork—they were good too, although honestly, I was a little more fixated on the chicken. And that was a ton of food for me for lunch.One of the things I love about the City Market these days is the variety of food you can get there, and Brad’s goes even further offering different options each day which opens up even more possibilities. I have seen many daily specials on the facebook page that I would like to try. So have you guys been yet? What have you had?
Brad Gates Catering
Indianapolis City Market
222 East Market Street