A TA post spoke of Patachou's airport location, which we had tried in the past. Great choices & quality for an airport. After researching their restaurant menus on-line, I was anxious to try one next time I was in Indy.
Recently, with time on our hands in before heading for the airport, we drove up to the Broad Ripple neighborhood, an artsy, eclectic area where I seemed to recall reading about a Patachou Restaurant. A walk up & down the bars-strip typically popular with students proved futile. A passing young gal shrugged & pointed to the bar-eateries, then directed us to "several cafes by the canal." Westfield Blvd was a block from where we had parked, but was unnoticed by us. Almost gave up after checking menus at two so-so restaurants, when there it was...Petit Chou. Manager Matt Dye held the door open to welcome us to a bright & lively setting that felt just-right. Yes, it was one of Patachou's, and exactly what we were looking for: simple, lovely ambience, wholesome sandwiches & salads, crepes & omelets, wines & champagnes (LOVED my Bellini!). Apparently locals were regulars here ... from college students to matronly gal-friends. Tartines (open-faced sandwiches) & croque sandwiches (grilled) served with generous salad of field greens are more than satisfying; many unfinished portions left in take-out boxes. Soup of the day was fresh (not boxed) butternut squash garnished with a squiggle of pureed, garlicky spinach pistou. Salad plates of greens or fruit--some with scoop of chicken, egg or tuna salad ... some w/goat cheese or berries or walnuts--on their way to other tables looked like delectable works of art. Service could have been quicker, with a bit more attention from our server; but the pace allowed me to take in the whole scene & ambience. This was a delightful, affordable lunch experience for under $10 (excluding our drinks). If not at Broad Ripple, I'm looking forward to my next Patachou -- for breakfast or lunch.
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