Anita and I were recently in nearby Kokomo, Indiana, spending a day at some of the antique malls in town. We decided to eat an early lunch at the Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery, located right off Highway 31. I was looking forward to our lunch after reading some of the reviews.
We were greeted by a friendly host, and seated in the dining area. As we came in, we walked by the beer making vats. Sadly, it was a little early in the day for me to have a beer. I’ll have to save the tasting for another time.
Our waitress was very friendly also. Throughout our meal she was attentive and pleasant.
I ordered the brisket sandwich, substituting beer-battered onion rings for the house chips. The brisket was great. It had a nice light smoky flavor. The meat was tender, juicy, and not fatty at all. I liked that it was served on a rugged kaiser roll, holding up to the meat and sauce just fine. Half Moon also has the BBQ sauces on the table, something I am a big fan of.
The beer-battered onion rings were to die for. They come with a lightly-spiced dipping sauce that is somewhat similar to that at Buffalo Wild Wing’s, but oh so much better and made fresh (like everything on the menu). I’ve never had a batter so light. I asked the waitress later if they use that same batter on other menu items and they do, like on their fish which must be absolutely awesome. The onion rings were the star of the show.
Anita had the class tenderloin sandwich and fries. She loved the sandwich. It was not fatty, breaded perfectly, and cooked correctly and evenly (sometimes a problem with tenderloins). The toppings were very, very fresh. The tenderloin is also served on a kaiser roll so you don’t have to worry about it not holding up to the toppings. Anita substituted fries for the chips, which were also great.
The only disappointment was the small side of slaw that came with our meals. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t exciting. In all fairness, it’d be hard to wow me with a slaw after eating the brisket and the onion rings. I would’ve liked a little zing to the slaw, but I lean towards the spicy, and I know not everyone would agree. It certainly did not detract from what was a great lunch.
We’ll be stopping by Half Moon again the next time we are in Kokomo. I am going to have the beer-battered fish-and-chips and more of them onions rings. And a beer.
I’m a big fan of brewpubs. Also check out Black Swan if you’re in the Indianapolis area.