A Feed Me/Drink Me Weekend

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Nothing
like a jalapeno sandwich for breakfast to wake up your taste buds. My mouth is warm and tingling and ready to
start the day. Wish the rest of me were
as happy to be out of my cozy bed.

The
sandwich in question is a vegetarian torta (beans, avocado, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes
and jalapenos) from El Maguey on 38th and Moller up in Indy. Wonderful
place – well worth the drive up from Bloomington.  You just know you are on the right track with a Mexican restaurant when the place
is packed and yours is the only table speaking English.

I
got the sandwich to go when we were having dinner up there last night – cheese enchiladas,
beans and rice for me, and a trio of tacos – carne asada, chorizo and tongue –
for my husband. Everything was really
terrific (including the salsa, and I am mighty particular about my salsa – as you
can tell from this and this.)

We
were at El Maguey at the recommendation of Feed Me/Drink Me Girl (she prefers to
blog in anonymity so just picture her in a mask and cape, with a martini in one
hand.) In fact, it was kind of a Feed Me/Drink Me weekend for us, since on
Friday we headed up to the place that is lately the object of her culinary
affections – L’Explorateur in Broad Ripple.

 

 

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This
new inhabitant of the building that once housed the still-lamented Tavola di
Tosa, was opened just a month ago by Neal Brown, who previously cooked at Brugge
Brasserie, H2O Sushi and Tavola itself. It’s hard to say much about any restaurant after only one meal there, of
course, and probably the most telling thing I can say is that I hope there will
be many more.

Naturally
there were some kinks to be worked out but there were some wonderful highlights
too. One was the amuse bouche – a tiny
morsel of fried zucchini with an even tinier dollop of cumin aioli that would
have been just the right thing to whet our appetites had it not been served to
us after dessert (yeah, one of those kinks.)

Another
was an outrageously good salad of grilled hearts of romaine (yes, grilled, but
served cold, with chilled silverware, yet). The salad had diced tomatoes and marinated string cheese, all dressed
with what tasted like a light dill vinaigrette. The effect was unexpected and fabulous – charred and smoky but crisp and
fresh. The romaine held up to the heat
just fine – slightly wilted and still crunchy. Count on finding plenty of it on my grill this summer.

Oysters
with a trio of sauces were good, and so were a chevre and onion tart
and a
raspberry bread pudding in chocolate sauce. A trio of corn preparations
was fun and delicious. And the service was perfect. A little precious,
maybe, but friendly, knowledgeable
and attentive. We will be back.

Thanks
for the recommendations FM/DM Girl. We’ll
be watching for more.

Taquera
El Maguey

5629 38th
Street

 

Indianapolis, IN 46254317-280-8650

L’Explorateur

6523 Ferguson St.

 

Indianapolis, IN  46220

 

317-726-6906

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