Review: Fox and Hound English Pub & GrilleAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
Fox and Hound English Pub and Grille
4901 East 82nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46250
I will be the first to admit that I am pre-disposed to a negative bias to Fox and Hound. Those biases mostly have to deal with the beer and the temperature it is served at, but since I was there recently for a birthday party, I decided to grab my dinner there as well. In the past, I don’t know that I’ve ever had anything other than your typical bar appetizers, so on this visit, I was willing to give some of their actual food a chance. After my review of the Mile High Club Sandwich, I’ve been on a big Club-ish sandwich kick, so I decided to go with something similar to that that is marked on the Fox and Hound menu as a “Fox Fave.” Well, we’ll see about that.
What I Got: The Black Forest; $8.49.
According to the menu: “A giant Bavarian pretzel roll topped with grilled turkey, applewood bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and honey mustard dressing. Served with crispy fries.” I can confirm that all of that was on the sandwich, although the side of crispy fries was a PATHETIC serving size. It was as if I ordered a Happy Meal size fries order from McDonald’s…it was that freaking small. Probably better for my health in that respect, but it was annoying. What was also funny about this is that on the back page of the menu, there is a glamour shot of this sandwich and let’s just say that the glamour shot is not anything close to what you see above. In fact, when this arrived, I was just about ready to add one more thing to my list of stuff that I dislike about this place, but I decided to at least give the sandwich a shot.
I’m glad I did decide to give it a shot too, because this baby was pretty good. I think this might be the first time in my life that I’ve ever had a pretzel roll (weird, because I’ve eaten a hell of a lot of sandwiches in my life) and I can honestly say that I liked it a lot. It was a bit harder than your typical roll and it also had a slightly salty taste. When you mix that with the relative freshness of the veggies on the sandwich, it makes for a nice mix. What I also appreciated was that the turkey was warmed on the grill, along with the soft and chewy bacon, and all in all this made a nice mix. It was incredibly juicy and when you added the gooey-ness of the melted cheese to the equation, this made for a perfectly juicy and greasy delight. When you mix this with beer, you’ve got a winner and I can see why they mark this sandwich as a favorite on the menu.
As for the fries, well, they were fine and pretty much standard stuff. They were thick cut and despite the comical/insulting portion size, they were still decent and I have no complaints about their taste.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, I would. I still have issues with Fox and Hounds’ handling of their bottled beer temperatures (tip: order them by the bucket and have them ice the beers down so that when you need one, it will actually be cold), but I have no issues with this sandwich. I would recommend it to anyone as a unique take on a Club-ish sandwich.