This was a tremendously quick trip: We flew in late Friday night after teaching all day, had a wedding to attend Saturday night, and a flight back to New York early Sunday morning. This only left us with Saturday morning, and some of the afternoon to investigate. We got a hotel in the downtown area so as to maximize our ability to see as much as we could in a short period of time. We were not able to get a "breakfast included" deal, which is one of my favorite budgetary travel hacks, but in this situation, I didn't really mind. It gave us the opportunity to get out early and explore.
We made our way on foot to a local brunch hot spot called The Garden Table. Now, I am admittedly a self-proclaimed health-food loving, vegan enthusiast. It's not that I won't flex while I'm traveling, but I certainly have my preferences, and The Garden Table certainly delivers! This fresh juicery and eatery boast a seasonal menu that is primarily sourced locally.
We started off with a cold-pressed juice flight. The juice blends are fresh and top-notch. You can mix and match, choose up to 4 of the 8 premium juices offered, served as one elegant flight in 5-ounce glasses. I was delighted with each of our 4 choices but highly recommend the neon nectar. For those wishing to take a walk on the vegan or lacto-vegetarian side, the Tuscan toast is to die for! The thick cut house multigrain bread is served smothered in pesto, yam bacon, tomato (optional), greens, feta cheese (also optional), olive oil. Lamb bacon is available for meat eaters. Add a small soup of the day to round out the meal. For those with slightly more traditional tastes, the biscuits and rolled omelets are also brilliantly composed. This restaurant has something for every dietary need ranging from the standard American diet all the way to vegan and gluten-free. Each dish is hand-crafted and composed as if it were a piece of art, all for a reasonable price. I would literally go back to Indy just to eat at The Garden Table.
What I loved about this was the ability for me to try a lot of local beer without drinking too much. I typically only poured myself a couple of ounces at a time, so I could try several things without being affected. The owner and operator happened to be there when I was visiting and was absolutely professional and personable. I was interested in how this system was able to function legally. I mean, letting people serve themselves? Brilliant for saving money on staffing, but people might really overdo it! Apparently, the cards are programmed to stop at certain limits in order to prevent over-consumption. Well done Rebar! Genius. Not only was the system pretty amazing, but the local beers presented a great variety, and the atmosphere was clean and inviting. At this point, I had to head back to the hotel to get ready for the wedding but vowed to return on a future trip
It was a quick trip Indy, but a good one. Unfortunately, your secret isn't safe with me. I've uncovered your secret identity as a little-known food destination, and I'm definitely telling!