Anita and I were recently out on a Saturday antiquing run when we decided to stop by a new (to us) place for lunch, the Local Eatery & Pub in Westfield, Indiana. The pub is located in a strip mall off a fairly busy residential road just north of Indianapolis. The menu focuses mostly on locally-grown ingredients.
I liked the layout of the pub, including the TVs, which weren’t so in-your-face like some places, and they had some rather interesting artwork on the walls. We were seated immediately, followed in seconds by our server.
I ordered the fish and chips, substituting tater tots for fries. The fish (nice and flaky) was fried in a fantastic light beer batter, and there was plenty of it too! The fish came with a homemade tartar sauce that I could’ve (and did) just eat out of the bowl. Now on to the tater tots (made in house!). I don’t think I can tell you just how good the tater tots were. They were the way you want them – a great, crispy outside and a warm, soft potatoey inside. Oh, that crunch! And what do you want to dip the perfect tot into? Homemade ketchup. Right there, in a bottle, on the table (and available for sale). When we return it will be hard to fight the temptation to just order a few baskets of tots and grab a few bottles of that ketchup. And a beer.
Anita ordered the goat cheese panini, with fries. The panini (from their site) comes with white truffle goat cheese, wild mushrooms, balsamic caramelized onions, and arugula. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? It was. Anita loved her sandwich (she wanted more of the caramelized onions!), and the fries, and almost had to fight me for the homemade ketchup.
You can tell the Local Eatery and Pub is serious about putting out some good local-when-possible food, with a unique menu that is really a pleasure to order from. We look forward to returning!