Thursday, October 24, 2013

Northside Kitchenette - Revisit

I hadn’t been to Northside Kitchenette in awhile, so when my two favorite Pilates instructors wanted to meet there for lunch, it sounded like a good idea. I had been in a phase of craving some greens, so I liked that they have a half sandwich/half salad combo. I also like that they make their dressings in house, which makes a side salad even more appealing to me.

I had the crusty grilled cheese with bacon added and side salad combo ($11). We also shared a side of fries ($4.50) On a side note, I had a bottle of Pellegrino as well that ended up costing $6, which seemed a little excessive (half the price of my lunch), but I digress.

The food here is good. I can’t say in the 4-5 times I have ever been really wowed by anything though, although I do like their salad dressings. My sandwich was three kinds of cheese (cheddar, Swiss and American on Asiago cheese bread.  The bread itself had a strong flavor of toasted cheese and then the cheese inside was nice and melty. The added bacon gave a little more texture and salt, and I would recommend it. A tomato slice might not hurt either, but then you’re really just kind of creating your own sandwich I guess.

I liked the salad-it was a fairly simple salad—just mixed baby greens with some diced cucumber and diced tomato—but the greens were tender and I appreciate that they were nice mixed baby lettuces and not just standard romaine or iceberg. As I mentioned, I had the buttermilk herb ranch dressing on the side and it was very good with the greens and to dip the sandwich into. Normally I am a blue cheese dressing kind of girl, but it had horseradish in it and I wasn’t sure exactly how I felt about that.

I remembered liking the fries more than I did this time. They were crisp, but they were heavily seasoned with what tasted basically like seasoning salt, which isn’t my favorite flavor, particularly in large doses.

The food was good and the place was pretty busy, which unfortunately I think led to fairly slow service. Our server was right there when I first sat down (as the first to arrive) but then when we were all there, it took a long time to place our order, get our food and to get our check. The whole lunch probably took 30 minutes longer than it should have. But overall, it’s a decent Broad Ripple lunch option—and one I tend to forget about. What about you guys? Have you been recently? What are your favorite items—apparently they have recently changed the menu a bit—curious to know if there are some items that really stand out, because while I have never had a bad meal, I really haven’t found a knockout item yet.

Northside Kitchenette
6515 N. College Ave.
Indy  46220

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  1. I've never heard of this place and, after this review, I can't say that I'm anxious to know it.

  2. I was once charged $4 there to substitute fruit for fries. A side of fruit is $4. Why wouldn't the server tell me that the fries would basically be free if I were to do that. Super annoying and overpriced.