Review: Moon Dog TavernAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
Moon Dog Tavern
4825 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
Bar food can tend to be pretty boring and uniform. What I mean by saying that is that what you can get at one bar, you can pretty much get at another bar with the same taste and quality and frankly, bar food is not worth reviewing in most cases. That said, I was at Moon Dog Tavern on a Saturday night and perusing the menu and when I saw a section in the menu proclaiming “The Legendary Panini”, I knew that I had to give one a try to test out the claim. Call it a marketing ploy or whatever, but I fell for the self-proclaiming legendary status hook, line and sinker and ordered one of these legends for my own personal consumption.
What I Got: Panini Primavera with Ruffles-like chips; $9.25.
In the menu, the Panini Primavera is listed as being composed of “Fresh spinach, portabella mushrooms, artichoke hearts, red onions, roma basil sauce and our delicious blend of mozzarella, provolone and white cheddar cheeses.” I can confirm that all of those were there and yes, I know there was not any meat in this sandwich. I guess I felt like being a healthy-ish vegetarian. I say healthy-ish because I poured down about twelve Coors Lights and a chocolate martini after this sandwich, so that pretty much cancels any aspirations of healthy out. And yes, I am aware that consuming a vegetarian sandwich and a chocolate martini bring my level of manhood into question. LOL.
Anyway, the real question here is not about my drinking ability, diet choices or manhood, but instead how did the sandwich turn out? Well, for a vegetarian sandwich, it wasn’t half bad. The panini was pressed (obviously) and the bread added a nice crunch to what turned out to be a soft and gooey interior of the sandwich. All of the veggies wilted together and formed a soft vegetable “compound”, but I will say that I could taste all of them with each bite. What made this sandwich a winner though was the plethora of cheeses throughout. With each bite, the cheese oozed everywhere and added a nice creaminess to the entire mix. The soft veggies, mixed with the hard bread and the gooey cheese made for an appealing combination. That said, this sandwich was slightly oily because of the bread, which I assume was buttered prior to the panini press, and also the cheese which secreted a lot of oil. Also, it lacked more of a “salty” component to balance out the oil and goo of the cheese and vegetables, so I added a squirt of mustard and we were back in business.
Would I Buy It Again? Yeah, I would. The sandwich definitely had a couple flaws (needed salt and was slightly oily/greasy), but all in all, it was a tasty sandwich. If you are a vegetarian, need a change of pace from a meaty behemoth or at least want to dupe yourself into thinking you are being healthy prior to a mass consumption of alcohol, this sandwich is a winner and definitely one that is worth ordering. Not a Legendary sandwich, but a fairly tasty one.