Thunderbird

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Service: Slow start receiving menus and drinks, which can be attributed to arriving 20 minutes after they opened. Once things got rolling, the service was quick and excellent. The girl serving us was a doll, the owner Josh stopped by to introduce himself, and everyone pitching in was personable. Waters were never below half full and the alcohol kept flowing. Clean silverware was delivered with each dish—a small, but exceptional touch that is often overlooked.

Booze: Wide variety of delicious craft and signature cocktails. After sampling 8, it’s safe to say there’s no wrong choice.

Food:

Fried Golden Beets | goat cheese, radicchio, pears, pistachio, stone ground mustard vinaigrette $ 10

Shrimp and Grits | butter poached shrimp, white cheddar grits, salsa verde $ 10

Chicken and Hoecake Sandwich | fried buttermilk chicken thigh, smoked cheddar, bacon honey butter $ 10 

Biscuit and Gravy | duck gravy, house biscuit, fried egg $ 10 

French Toast | daily preparation $ 4

The beet salad was very tasty once the goat cheese was discovered hiding underneath. Sneaky goat cheese. However, I wouldn’t recommend it over the other dishes available. Highlight of the meal: Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, cheesy grits that made me say, “Ohhhh” on the first bite, “Mmyy” on the second, and “Noooo” on the last. (As someone who typically dislikes grits.) The creamy concoction was topped with perfectly poached shrimp, salsa verde and delicious, lemony micro-cilantro; a very unique Latin spin. Second favorite was the indulgent and juicy fried chicken between two moist hoecakes. Nice smokey flavor from the cheddar and bacon butter, with accompanying pickled vegetables offering a tangy bite. For another reinvented southern classic, bring on the biscuits and gravy! Topped with a fried egg, these large doughy biscuits slathered in rich duck gravy were dense and satisfying. Every dish was well seasoned and thoughtfully prepared. Finally, the french toast came highly recommended as dessert. Crisp bread with a chewy center was layered with tart, marinated berries and bourbon whipped cream. Different and delicious.

Kudos: They were playing primarily Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Motörhead.

Overall: It’s soul food—with a modern, gourmet twist—from an industrial, sophisticated Rock ‘n Roll bar with inventive cocktails. I’m so giddy I could belt out show tunes from the Sound of Music (Cue: “My Favorite Things.”) The prices are also quite reasonable for the experience. I’m looking forward to soon savoring the other half of the food and drink menu!

thunderbirdindy.com
1127 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203

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