may be hard to believe today, but there once was a concrete parking deck
spanning the canal in Broad Ripple. Not only that, many of the merchants there
were convinced that trading the neighborhood's water feature for extra parking
spaces was a good deal.
that parking deck is long gone. And Broad Ripple is still a good place to do
business – especially the restaurant business.
Restaurant is the latest entry in Broad Ripple's culinary sweepstakes. Located
on the site originally occupied by Bazbeaux (before that eatery took over
NUVO's old digs) and then a couple of other hopefuls that never fully caught
on, Flatwater makes the most of its canalside location.
Bazbeaux moved out, succeeding owners of the site took advantage of the
revivified canal and added considerable deck space overlooking the water.
Flatwater is the beneficiary of this change. A recent visit indicates that the
new place's owners are positioning themselves to make the most of this highly
started with a Shrimp Cocktail ($9.50), five large and wonderfully tender
critters draped over a Martini glass filled with cocktail sauce. The menu calls
the sauce "spicy," forgetting, perhaps that this is Indianapolis. We know what
spicy cocktail sauce tastes like. Flatwater should either change the
description or add an extra dollop of horseradish.
up were a couple of salads. I ordered a small Wedge ($4.50), a snowball-sized
cut of iceberg lettuce, finished with diced tomatoes, big crumbles of bleu
cheese and hunks of applewood bacon. Everything, especially the size of the
portion, was just right about this dish.
companion asked for a small Mixed Greens salad ($5.50), a nice mound of fresh
lettuces topped with walnuts, dried cranberries, those bleu cheese crumbles,
and a nicely balanced Dijon balsamic dressing.
offers small plates of tacos made with Mahi Mahi, shrimp or pulled pork ($8)
and sliders ($9.75) with hickory smoked ham or turkey, grilled pork tenderloin,
Hoosier mini pork tenderloin or pulled pork.
opted for the tacos, two servings bedecked with chunks of Mahi Mahi, homemade
pico, cheese and cilantro. The fish was smartly grilled and the chunks were
good-sized; each mouthful was brightened by the gazpacho-like pico.
are Entrees for larger appetites, including a 10 oz. Center Cut New York Strip
($20), Claus' Pork Chop ($14), a pan-fried Walleye ($17.50) and grilled Salmon
with a sesame-cilantro glaze ($15). We chose the Vegetarian Pasta ($11.50), a
satisfying blend of mushrooms, kalamata olives and artichoke hearts tossed in a
roasted tomato cream sauce featuring tasty scrapings of parmesan cheese and
fresh garlic over penne pasta. The sauce was a hit – with plenty of garlic
and tomato flavors trumping the cream.
has full bar service and, to their credit, features local Sun King and Upland
brews on tap.
actual building isn't much bigger than a (very) cozy neighborhood pub. It's all
nooks and narrow passages. It'll be interesting to see how the owners deal with
cold weather. But as long as outdoor dining is on order, this is a prime spot
with a menu that's small, but nicely packed with a sophisticated selection of
E. Westfield Blvd.
11 am-10 pm
11 am-11 pm