If you’re a person who loves fresh food and especially prefers food that’s local, you should definitely try Milktooth in the Fletcher Place neighborhood of Indianapolis! This restaurant is owned by a husband and wife duo who is committed to providing local ingredients to their guests. The restaurant is housed in an old body shop, but a cool transformed one! The ambiance almost has a diner feel with the service counter and fresh pastries displayed as soon as you walk in. The artsy décor and fresh flowers are a nice touch to the dining room and creates an inviting environment for everyone who walks in.
Now, the menu alone will make you want to come back and try everything on it! Believe me—I would have eaten more if my stomach allowed! I am definitely a fan of a savory breakfast and my husband, Nick, usually has a sweet tooth. Nick had the Liege Belgian waffle with Indiana maple syrup, peaches, fried almonds and semi-sweet house ricotta ($14). I had to get a taste of that of course! The warmth of the peaches and syrup paired with the crunch of the almonds and the semi-firmness of the waffles—perfection! Gathering all of the ingredients in every bite really brought the vision of this dishes creator all together.
I had the sweet tea glazed fried chicken wings with cornmeal mush, fried local egg, and garlic-braised greens ($14) Who doesn’t loved crunchy fried chicken?! This chicken had the right amount of crunch and served with the mush, greens and eggs—yum! I’m not really a fan of a runny egg, so I honestly gave it to Nick, but the greens were soft, the chicken was seasoned well and not salty, and the mush put me in the mind of a yummy porridge.
We also shared a bowl of Quinoa grits with egg, bacon and scallions ($7). Okay . . . we like to eat! The quinoa grits are served alone with the option to add egg, bacon and scallions. We did and I’m glad we did! It almost put me in the mind of shrimp and grits without the shrimp, which is perfect for those bacon lovers. My husband and I are also big quinoa fans, which a great source of protein and can serve as a healthy carb substitute.
Anyone who knows me also knows that I love me a good cup of coffee and the rumor was that they have the best in town. I tried a hot mocha expresso ($5), which was visually elegant and had a bittersweet taste that paired well with my sweetened pallet from the meal. If you don’t like semi-bitter coffee with a hint of sweet, I wouldn’t try this one, but I’m sure their friendly staff could help! We both had their house mimosa ($7), made with poema cava and fresh squeezed orange juice, but Nick also had the plum smuggler ($12), which has black magic rum, mt. gay rum, banana, lime and angostura. Sounds good right?! He wouldn’t let me try it, so that speaks to how good it was. Guess I should have ordered my own, huh? Ha!
As you can see, I fell in love with this place! The food was great, atmosphere was inviting and the energy was vibrant. There is indoor and outdoor seating, which is great for your personal preferences. The staff was friendly and it was a great touch to be able to see your food being prepared. The biggest dislike was the wait. When we arrived, the wait was about an hour and you could see it was a packed house. Obviously people are buzzing about this place and wanting to check it out—especially on a Sunday afternoon. I mean who goes to brunch on a Sunday?! Okay … bad idea. We know, but with our schedules, weekends are the only days for adventure.
Luckily for us, we were able to go on an adventure through the neighborhood while we waited. The hostess even suggested a place to go! They took our name and number to call when our table was ready, but we made it back before then. So my advice would be go early or go on an afternoon where you wouldn’t mind the wait. As you can also see, we spent over $60 including tax and a tip. Compared to other specialty brunch restaurants, I’d say the bill is pretty comparable, but maybe a little more pricey. However, the variety of their menu was definitely superior to what I’ve tried yet!
Want to check out Milktooth? Plan your visit! Milktooth is located at 534 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46203. Their full service brunch hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.