As I’m sure you’ve noticed, our blog posts have been few and far between in recent weeks, but not for lack of travel and eating out! The Husband and I have been busy all over the place, between work travel and personal travel, so when we have a chance to blog all we want to actually do is relax! Expect to see more posts in the coming few weeks, though as we start to catch up.
This week I’m headed to Indianapolis for my sorority’s annual convention so I thought it would be fitting to blog about an awesome meal I had a few weeks ago when I was there for some sorority advising training. There were about 20 of us and one of the locals booked us a reservation at The Loft Restaurant at Tradespoint Creamery. The restaurant is located on an organic, grass-fed dairy farm in Zionsville, Indiana. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, I knew that we were in for a treat!
We made our way into the building and were seated immediately while I admired the rustic feel of the whole place. Unfortunately, it was raining so we weren’t able to explore the farm and grounds at all, but it sounds like a very cool place.
I’m not sure why, but I have a thing for beverages in Mason jars so I enjoyed receiving my water in one I also enjoyed the simplicity of the table decorations – white tablecloths and simple flowers.
The seasonal menu was heavenly and I was greatly torn about what to order.
After hearing some fabulous specials, we all placed our orders and began chatting away as we waited. We spent a lot of time chatting about all of the unique features of the place including this dairy bar! According to their website, it serves serves homemade Ice Cream, Milk Shakes, Yogurt Parfaits, Yogurt, Smoothies, and homemade pies. Ice Cream flavors vary depending on availability but may include: Banana, Blackberry, Carmel, Sweet Cream, Chocolate, Coffee, Mango, Raspberry, Strawberry and Vanilla. Unfortunately we were too full to try any of these that evening.
However, my friend Alicia tried the chocolate milk which she said was very good!
After what seemed to be a very long wait (the only complaint I had for the evening), our dinner was served! As I mentioned earlier, there were so many great looking options (especially when we were told the specials) but I decided I really wanted my dish to be creamery-inspired. For those of you who are loyal readers, you know how much the Husband and I love our mac n cheese and I found the perfect dish on the menu! I went with the Farm House Chicken Casserole. It included organic gemelli pasta in a rich cheese sauce featuring the cheeses made on site, grilled chicken, asparagus, and mushrooms. It was topped with a panko crust which gave it a nice crunch. It was perfect!
My entrée came with a side and after some discussion with the waitress on what to choose between kale and rainbow chard, I went with the chard. It had been on my “to try” list for some time and thanks to their wonderful presentation of it, rainbow chard is now on my list of veggies I like.
Many of the women in my group tried the specials (a variety of meat dishes) as well as the Famous Farm Burger, and the Pork Porterhouse. I believe everyone really enjoyed their meals. For the quality of the food, I think it was well priced (however, I’m not familiar with Indianapolis restaurant prices) and the food was simply excellent. Our waitress was attentive and friendly, but if you’re in a large group, or there on a busy night, be prepared to wait a bit for your food (unless they were having an off night when we were there). Overall, it was a great experience and I hope to make it back some time over the years!