Greenleaf: a decent lunchtime haunt

Greenleaf's combination pho with beef ball, eye of round steak and flank steak, $6.50. Photo by Jennifer Litz


read about Greenleaf Sandwich and Bubble Tea in Avon from a single five-star

rating on Yelp. Boredom and hunger will make a woman go far: The place isn't

exactly a destination restaurant.


not to say that it isn't good. It's just more like a quick, neighborhood eatery

with a twist.


set up inside the shell of a former Quiznos, and still not too far removed from

that prototypical setup. It uses the eatery's chairs, tables and Q-circled

"open" sign out front, all in shades of Italia's flag. I think they may have

even kept the same chip and drinks offerings in front of the food-making

station, which gets confusing: You expect to build your order on one end of the

line and pay right after, but our "server" behind the counter said we could

even up on the way out.


even Quiznos wouldn't part with a sandwich for just $3.85, the price for the

Asian-flavored shredded chicken sandwich. This was a long, halved sandwich filled

with julienned carrots, jalapenos, cilantro and a mysterious aioli-like sauce

that was a bit hard and yellow. It was a little dry, but palatable.


rest of the menu is an American-Vietnamese hybrid, including spring rolls,

bubble tea, pork dishes and pho.


ordered a taro bubble tea ($3ish). Now, I'm not typically going to Avon for

Bubble Tea. No way, when Taiwan Teahouse is far enough on 86th street from

where I live in Central Indianapolis. Teahouse bubble teas also seem frothier,

likely because they blend their fresh flavors with ice. At Greenleaf, they use

a non-dairy creamer flavored powder, which they simply mix with water.


I sucked it down, filling my belly to the brink with liquid before even

touching my soup. I had ordered the combination pho ($6.50) with flank steak,

beef ball and eye of round steak. Next time I will order mine without that

gelatinous boiled beef ball. Some will appreciate it, but its rubbery texture

is not for me. The other cuts of meat had a delicate but robust flavor, belied

by their grayish hues.


meat didn't originally meld with the rest of the soup. The bowl had very

separate, subtle flavors: thinnish, hot broth, that was just starting to pick

up heat from the jalapenos; clean tastes of mint and cilantro delivered

plateside; and neutral, slightly underdone oodles of rice noodles. But the more

everything steeped, the more it came together. So order some spring rolls


Some things at Greenleaf

underwhelmed, but the pho was enough to bring me back.

Food: 3 stars

Service: 3.5 stars

Ambience: 2 stars

Green Leaf Sandwich

& Bubble Tea

10240 U.S. 36 Avon, IN


(317) 271-2288


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