Shoefly Public House

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Service: Friendly, fast.

Booze: Incredible, lengthy list of beers. It took me five minutes to decide. Not only limited to the ever popular IPAs, wheats and stouts; they offer my favorite Belgian varieties like quad, farmhouse, kölsch, and tripel style ales. Many 22oz and 750ml bottles. Unlike some restaurants that only focus on craft beer, they also offer big name domestics for anyone that wants to keep it… simple.

Food:

Duck Wings | garlic parmesan, chimichurri, hickory dijon, or zesty orange, half order $ 6

Pat’s Philly Pretzels | nuggets with BIER cheese $ 8

Lamb Sandwich | with onions, poblanos, and mozzarella on a french roll $ 12

Fish & Chips | BIER battered walleye with potato fries and tartar sauce, lunch portion $ 11

Escarole & Beans | endive greens with white beans $ 5 

Gravy & Dumplings | chicken gravy with vegetables $ 5

Large, tender duck wings—more flavorful and fatty than chicken—were fried very crisp and drizzled with thick chimichurri. I prefer tasting meat and sauce separately versus completely drenched breading. A huge portion of lightly salted, chewy pretzel nuggets were served with garlicky BIER cheese for dipping. Amazing flavor, however the cheese was a bit thin. The thick and flakey BIER-battered walleye was outstanding—hot and fresh out of the fryer. Nice crunch with strong beer flavor made it good fish; tangy homemade tartar sauce made it a memorable experience to rave about. Bad tartar sauce will destroy an otherwise decent meal. While the fries had wonderful flavor, they could have been more crisp. Maybe they soaked up some oil from the fish? Obviously I ordered a side of hickory dijon for dipping… oh my. It was also served with a small side of slaw. Too acidic for my taste but my partner in crime took it like a shot and loved the red wine vinegar. The lamb sandwich was decently sized with good flavor and bread, but I wouldn’t order it again. While the bread and butter pickles were tasty, I definitely wouldn’t consider three to be a “side” as the menu stated; for $12 it should come with fries or another item. Both the beans and dumplings were alright—the only items that didn’t seem worth the price. Neither were my first (or second) choice: the man enjoyed them, only wishing the beans had a heartier taste.

Overall: Creative, fresh food in a wonderful, earthy but modern and airy space with awesome beer… and quite importantly, homemade sauces and condiments that absolutely blew me away. There were only a few blips in an otherwise perfect meal, and I can’t wait to try other dishes. Can I get a “what what!” for sweet potato fries in a cinnamon maple toss?! Or cuban pork with green tomato chutney on a cheddar waffle, boursin mac & cheese, sage and goat cheese polenta, brownie batter wontons, etc. The list goes on… and the thought alone is making me hungry!

shoeflypublichouse.com
122 E 22nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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