From the pigskin menu covers to the TV’s tuned to every sports channel known to man on every inch of the walls, there is no doubt you have entered a sports themed establishment- a Colts football themed restaurant to be more specific.
I truly expected nothing more at the Indianapolis Colts Grille than an experience like that in any other of those theme restaurants- a place known more for the atmosphere and ambiance more so than delicious food. I was pleasantly proven wrong, the food here was actually very inventive and quite good.
We glanced through the appetizer menu filled with items like Proscuitto Spinach and Artichoke dip, Edamame with brown sugar and teryaki and Firecracker Popcorn Shrimp. They of course have the typical wings and nachos for you die hard sports bar type people. We decided on the Fried Pretzels.
Large pretzel breadsticks lightly flash fried served with a tangy honey mustard dipping sauce. Perfectly salted with a slight crunch on the outside, but soft on the inside. Yummy.
The entrée menu isn’t very large but there are some great choices from the Ultimate Mac and Cheese with bacon to fish and shrimp to New York Strip Steak. We settled on the Blackened Fish sandwich and the Veggie Burger.
First, the Blackened Fish sandwich. The fish changes but our selection was Mahi Mahi, our favorite. We were warned by our server that many people prefer it to be lightly blackened as many find it way too spicy but we opted to order it as is. And it wasn’t very spicy. It was just spicy enough to deliver a kick but not enough to need a glass of milk to kill the heat.
We chose the sweet potato fries over the regular fries and they were excellent. Instead of the usual salt, the fries were dusted with a sweet and salty seasoning. Was it cinnamon? Brown sugar? Paprika? Whatever it was it was quite tasty.
The veggie burger was also equally delicious. No frozen patties here- these are made in house with brown rice, red cabbage, carrots and black beans. This is our kind of a veggie burger! Topped with gouda cheese and a spicy brown mustard, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
The veggie burger comes with a side salad which we chose to have with their strawberry vinaigrette dressing. I should have asked if they bottle that stuff so I could bring some home with me. Not sweet at all though you could really taste the strawberries, if you can imagine.
Just keep in mind that this is a sports themed restaurant and with TV’s covering all the walls, expect some very loud and enthusiastic sports fans. This is not a place if you are looking for a quiet intimate meal. However, this would be THE place to be when the Colts are playing and you don’t have a ticket to the stadium (which is just up the street by the way.) And they have a great outdoor dining space when the weather is warmer.
Indiana as a whole is known for being a meat and potatoes kind of state. Its most famous sandwich is the enormous pork tenderloin. It was such a pleasant surprise to find a homemade Veggie Burger here. And in a sports themed establishment nonetheless!!
We really wanted to save room for the one pound of towering carrot cake (enough for two people) but we were just so full. Maybe next time. And yes, there will be a next time.