Review: Bearcats RestaurantAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
1050 N. Senate
At the former site of the Loading Dock, Bearcats Restaurant has a nice captive crowd in the Stutz Building. I needed a quick lunch on the northside of downtown and decided to give it a try.
The menu was lunch standard. Salads, wraps, three burgers and all moderately priced. However, it was a coin flip between the hand-cut tenderloin and the Reuben.
What I Ate: Dublin Reuben $7.99. In-house roasted corned beef, kraut, rye and Thousand Island dressing
The sandwich arrived promptly with the restaurant 70% full. At first glance, I was bummed to see the straight out of the bag frozen fries, but unfortunately it is difficult to find hand cut fries at places like this. The good news is that they were just cooked.
My first glance at the Reuben was a lustful one with the corned beef hanging off the side. I enjoyed the first bite and the next few came with a good amount of frustration. The Thousand Island was not evenly spread on the Reuben, while some bites had a ton and others very little. Same goes for the kraut. Individually, the ingredients were better than the sum. The corned beef was enjoyable, but I found it to be cut a little thick for my taste and it could be a little more tender. However, I did not find one piece of fat. The corned beef was also just plopped on my sandwich as one half had a ton and the other half left a few bites with just bread and dressing. The Swiss was a non factor and it could’ve used a little more.
Would I Buy It Again? No. It wasn’t better or worse than the nearby competition. I liked the actual corned beef, but the sandwich was carelessly assembled. My biggest problem was…the service!
Though the service was prompt, they were extremely unprofessional. I was sitting at the bar and the bartender and servers were talking about scheduling issues, other servers, not having enough money, day care issues, etc. I don’t mind a casual lunch place, but the reason I go to lunch is to get away from BS at work and I surely don’t want to hear about others.