2170 East 54th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
It was Sunday and I just felt like pigging out. I am not sure what it was, a busy week at work and a bunch of bad lunches and I just wanted some comfort food. Fried chicken sounds good, so I remembered a conversation with Indy Restaurant Scene and her husband about fried chicken in Indy. They were quite fond of Mississippi Belle.
What I Ate: Fried Chicken and four sides; $13.50 (included a beverage).
All day Sunday is family style day at Mississippi Belle. It is all you can eat for the price above and you are welcome for any refills on anything. A little spicy for lunch, but I am rich…kidding. They have about 8-10 different meats ranging from chopped steak to pulled pork and even a vegetarian option. I’m am not sure why on that one. During the week, you can get a friend chicken lunch for around $7.00.
The sides were Mac and Cheese, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans and Dressing. Corn fritters that are pictured came along with the meal.
The fried chicken was amazing. The batter was perfect, not too much but just enough. The chicken is pan fried and I like to think that there are a few cast irons back in the kitchen with a lot of love in them. The chicken was served at the perfect temperature: hot, but not lawsuit hot. I liked adding a little hot sauce at the table to get a little extra spice. The odd part is that they didn’t serve any wings. It didn’t bother me, but I would’ve liked to have one.
The sides were hit and miss. The mac and cheese was amazing. Straight forward, creamy and the macaroni was cooked perfectly and firm. So many times it is overcooked. The green beans were typical cooked in lard that everyone has had a million times. The mashed potatoes and gravy was solid as well. The gravy reminded me of the type that my grandmother made. It took me back for sure. I didn’t care for the stuffing because it was ground like grits and I didn’t really care for the consistency.
The service was kind and friendly. It felt like you were stopping by their house. The amount of pride that they had in their food was extremely obvious. The bottom line, they know it is awesome as well.
Would I Buy It Again? Hell yeah. To be honest, it is towards the top of my fried chicken list in Indy. I would have no problem if someone said it was their favorite. The fried chicken at Petite Chou is really good as well, but two very different approaches.
Mississippi Belle is a special place. They are not trying to be anything more than what they are. My grandparents would love it here, if you are form the south and miss your meat and 3 combos, you would like this a lot. Bottom line, they care and it shows through the food and service.
The scene inside….