Restaurant Review: Square Donuts

Since moving to the Western part of Indiana a couple years ago, Matt and I have heard about Square Donuts time and again.  There are apparently a couple joints in Terre Haute, and these have been said to be the “best donuts ever.”  We have meant to try them for a while, but finally someone just gave me one!  I love it when co-workers bring treats to the office!

What I had was one glazed yeast donut.  Isn’t this funny looking?  I love the square shape!  It obviously doesn’t change the taste, but it was fun anyway.  The donut was soft and fresh, and the glaze was thick enough to be noticeable, but thin enough to stay on when I bit into the donut.  I hate when big flakes of icing break off.  This was a great donut – better than Krispy Kreme by far!  (Don’t get me started on Krispy Kreme.  The mere fact that they spell “Krispy Kreme” with K’s instead of C’s annoys me enough that I really don’t want to eat their donuts.) These donuts were nice and thick too.  Here’s a picture of my donut after my first bite:

Having grown up in Indianapolis though, I am a lover of donuts from Long’s Bakery.  I’m not a big donut eater, but I LOVE Long’s! Their donuts are a bit chewier than Square Donuts – definitely a more substantial bite.

If you’re in Indy, go to Long’s.  If you’re closer to Indy than Terre Haute, go to Long’s!  If you’re in Terre Haute, and Long’s is just too far, Square Donuts is a decent donut to settle on.

(Sorry for the bad pictures.  I don’t have my camera on me today, so these were taken with my crappy Blackberry.)

Katie’s Rating: 3 out of 5

Restaurant Review: Philadelphia Steak and Fries

5745 W. 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Matt and I had to go to Indy today (he had a meeting, and I was craving the comforts of a biggish city…mostly Target!).  We happened to be there at lunchtime, and decided to stop by Philadelphia Steak and Fries.  This was not our first visit here.  We have seen this place countless times, and finally decided to stop in a couple months ago.  We were so pleased with our first visit, that we vowed to stop there again as soon as we could!

We both got the Philly Steak Supreme sandwich, which includes steak, mushrooms, onions and peppers (banana please!) grilled together, topped with provolone cheese and served on some amazing toasted bread.

As a confession, I will tell you now that I have never been to Philadelphia, thus have never had a cheesesteak from said town.  Be assured that it’s on my bucket list.  For what it’s worth, I have been eating cheesesteaks at Penn Station for quite some time, and feel like I have a decent idea of what a cheesesteak tastes like.  I know some of you are insisting that I have not had a cheesesteak until I have had one in Philly.  If you feel that strongly about it, please send me some money so I can head to PA lickity-split.

The bread here is so delicious!  It’s perfectly toasted and chewy and dense and light all at the same time.  The outside of the bread seems to have a thin shell that cracks a little bit as you bite into it, revealing a great pillowy layer of chewy bread.  It stands up well to the juices of the meat and fillings.  The steak is good – a little dry today, but tasty.  I would also like the mushrooms to be bigger.  Once they are thrown on the grill, they almost disappear into the meat.  Otherwise, this sandwich is perfect for me.

We also had fries (both with cheese, I added chili).  These fries are great!  I know Penn Station’s fries are fresh cut and all that, but these are perfectly fried and crispy.   They were hot and delicious.    I’m not stupid – I know that the cheese and chili probably came from a can, but they’re still good for dipping.  Let’s face it – we don’t go to places like this for all natural, homemade food, do we?

There are two Philadelphia Steak and Fries locations in Indy – the one we went to on 86th Street, and (according to the trusted internet) there is a location downtown at 222 E. Market.  If I am hankering for a cheesesteak and I’m anywhere within a 10 mile radius of this place, I will go there over Penn Station every time.  The bread is better, I like the fries better, and the service is much better.  Smiling faces and helpful people serving up the goods here folks!

Katie Rating: 4 out of 5

Restaurant Review: LaRosa's Pizza

Wednesday Matt and I drove to Cincinnati.  We kicked off the day by some shopping at Ikea (my favorite!), then watched the Cardinals whoop up on the Reds (GO CARDS!), and stopped at LaRosa’s for some pizza on our way home.

At Great American Park there is a LaRosa’s stand right behind where we were sitting, so I smelled their pepperoni pizza all through the game.  The smell always takes me back to being a kid at Kings Island!  It was too intense – we had to go on the way home.  (I’m not stupid enough to pay a million dollars for one slice at the park!)

We started with a house salad.  I was not impressed here.  I am becoming more and more agitated by the lack of GREEN in salads!  Plus, why do salads in most restaurants come with loads of things like shredded cheese, bacon, croutons, etc?  I like these things, but let’s let a salad be a salad, mkay?  The plus?  This dressing is really yummy!  I think it’s called “creamy garlic” or something.

Next we had these fried banana peppers with ranch dressing for dipping.  They were okay.  I love banana peppers, and I could hardly taste them here.  I think if they were cut into bigger rings (or fried whole even) they would be better.

Matt had this lasagna for his meal.  It was a generous portion with lots of cheese and marinara.  The marinara was good, but not great.  In my opinion, he can get better lasagna from my kitchen…  🙂

I had this small double pepperoni pizza.  It was really decent!  The size was perfect for me.  After the salad and banana peppers, I had just enough room for this pizza.  I ate it all without feeling that bloated, uncomfortable full feeling.  I really, REALLY like pizza, so portion control like this is good for me!  The cheese was really nice on this.  It was perfectly melty and stringy, and there was the perfect amount on there.  The sauce was okay – a little sweet and a little tangy.  You could definitely tell it’s mass-produced or something, but it was good.  The pepperonis were just right – I love the crispy edges!  The crust is also decent – nothing spectacular, but good for a big chain.  I would put it over Papa John’s and Pizza Hut any day (and don’t get me started on Domino’s…).

The service was good, although a little slow.  It wasn’t very busy when we got there, but suddenly the whole place was full!  Those poor servers were running all over the place.

We had a great day in Cincy.  Next time we’re there, I’d love to try Montgomery Inn…

GO CARDINALS!!!

Katie Rating: 2.5 out of 5