So I had the meatloaf meal ($10.25) with macaroni and cheese and bread. Several people had recommended the meatloaf and I can understand why even though it isn’t something I eat a lot. The ground beef was about as juicy as meat in a loaf can be—very tender. Of course it was drenched in a tomato sauce which probably helped keep it that way, but even when you cut into it, the middle was very tender. I am not so sure about the tomato paste based sauce—I think I am a traditionalist with meatloaf and prefer a little sauce on the top of the loaf, and not so much that the slice of meatloaf floats in it. But that is just a matter of preference I guess. The mac and cheese was interesting—very creamy in a different kind of way. I am guessing maybe they use a lot of sour cream in the mix—it was not as cheesy as most mac and cheese I have had. My favorite part (as always) was the crunchy slightly burnt noodle parts on the top. I think if I went back, I would ask for extra burnt parts.
Ideally, hubby wanted to get half a Reuben and a cup of soup (they do have these types of combos) but apparently they don’t do it with the Reuben. So he ended up with just the Reuben ($12.05). We knew when we went that we were going to get a giant overstuffed sandwich at Shapiro’s and we did. I am not a big fan of sandwiches that don’t fit in my mouth, but as we discussed it, we realized one of the reasons that maybe they put so much meat on it is because the bread itself is not very big—so maybe in order to get the equivalent amount of meat that you would get in a larger sandwich bread-wise, they started adding more meat? Just a theory. But regardless, for both of us the proportions were off. With all that meat, it was hard to taste the sauerkraut and the thousand island dressing, which is what makes a Reuben unique right? All of the ingredients were good—the corned beef very good. But it is just not our style of sandwich. The rye bread, incidentally, which I also got with my meatloaf, was also very good—nice rye flavor and a crispy crust.
I did get a piece of the marble cake with chocolate icing ($3.95) which was actually probably my least favorite thing. The cake was a bit dry and the icing too sweet—I hardly tasted the chocolate flavor because of the pure powdered sugar flavor.
And yes, the portions are huge, and that is what people expect at Shapiro’s. I didn’t eat even half of what I ordered. (Hubby did eat his whole sandwich though, minus some of the meat). And yes, the prices are pretty high ($12 for a sandwich) for lunch. My overall thoughts? It’s obviously an Indy tradition, and people go there for sentimentality I think (and good corned beef). We wondered how well it would do if it opened now for the first time. The food is honest, basic food. Nothing was bad, and for me, nothing was great. Would it be a place I would go a lot? Nope. And most of the people in there were older than I am. I think people go for comfort and sentimentality as much as they go for the food. But who knows, maybe some people are really passionate about the food there. Tell me what you think.
918 South Rangeline (and there is one downtown and one at the airport)
Carmel, IN 46032