I know I have written about this place several times before, but every time I write about it, someone tells me they try it for the first time because of my post. And if I can turn just one person on to Taste that has never been there before, well then my job is done. I probably go to Taste just about weekly, although I rarely write about it because I usually get the same thing. This time, we were with my in-laws, so we got several different things and I got to try them all.
My classic, which is a BALT (bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato), ($7.25) was of course one of the choices. Taste is one of the few places you can trust to get a decent tomato even in the winter. The thing I like about this sandwich as I have said several times is that they dress the greens, and there is also their great basil aioli on there to boost the flavors of everything. The bacon is really good as well. I love this sandwich and it will always be one of my favorites.
I also had some of hubby’s ham and egg wrap ($8.00) which is scrambled eggs, ham, cheddar cheese, red onions, greens, roasted tomatoes and roasted red pepper vinaigrette. This thing is pretty huge, and definitely a shareable item. A couple of things that really stand out about it—the eggs are incredibly light and fluffy—not those dense, dry things you see a lot of places. And I really like the addition of the vinaigrette—again, it just takes what are very good ingredients up to the next level.
My mother-in-law also gave me a bite of her sandwich, the “erin.” (great name) ($7.25). I have always been intrigued by this sandwich because she swears by it, but had never tried it. It was also really good. It may be a potential future order for me. It is a vegetarian sandwich with asparagus, sprouts, red onion, provolone and Swiss cheese, basil aioli and Dijon dill sauce. Again, it’s the great and unique flavors of the sauces that make the sandwich. It takes a bunch of ingredients that I inherently like, but not sure if I would put them on a sandwich normally, and makes them really delicious. I also liked that there was enough cheese so that the sandwich had real substance, and not too many sprouts (I don’t like sprouts when there are too many because they make the texture off.) The asparagus gave it a unique flavor as well.
Of course we had some of the frites ($4.50) too. It’s the basil aioli dipping sauce that makes these for me. The fries themselves are thin and crisp and nice and salty, but without the sauce I don’t know that they would be the temptation they are for me every time I go. And one order was enough for all of us to get our fill (of course we all ordered our own sandwich which are pretty filling). I also had one of their deviled eggs, because they are another weakness of mine. Honestly, one sandwich with frites is enough for two people, but I was glad to get to try lots of things. I was only a little bummed because they didn’t have the onion ring special I had seen on the menu a few times before, because I was going to get some this time since we had enough people to split them and the fries. Anyone had the onion rings? Are they good?
Anyway, Taste is still one of my favorite places to eat lunch in Indy, and a place I always recommend to out-of-towners for lunch. The ingredients are high quality and fresh, and they do a great job of giving standard sandwiches and dishes that extra kick to move them from good to great. I have heard they are getting ready to open a wine bar next door as well, and I look forward to it.
Taste Cafe & Marketplace
5164 N College Ave
5164 N College Ave