Last week I joined two friends for a leisurely lunch at Ruth’s Cafe. Located across from the Fashion Mall, Ruth’s Cafe is a great place to enjoy lunch and conversation. The atmosphere is eclectic and homey. Tables are decoupaged with a variety of papers and collage techniques, and each piece of furniture is unique. The details can keep a person busy for hours.
We were seated immediately, and were served our beverages right away. Ruth’s Cafe serves breakfast and lunch daily. After hearing about the special of the day, an artisan roast beef sandwich, my choice was clear. One friend chose the roast beef as well, while the other settled on the salmon-avocado salad. There were a lot of salads and sandwiches to choose from, as well as soup. Flipping the menu over yielded the breakfast selections, which also sounded fabulous. I am definitely returning to try out some items from that side of the menu.
Our food arrived quickly, and the three of us each enjoyed our meals. The roast beef sandwich included melted cheese, and herb horseradish and a caper mayonnaise. It was a good combination of flavors. The roast beef was incredibly tender. The side salad that came with my sandwich came with a nice selection of greens, as well as cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and some sliced cheese. The salmon salad was served with a large piece of salmon on top, and chunks of avocado throughout.
The cafe was busy with shoppers and professionals enjoying lunch, but the atmosphere was calm and relaxed. Although the cafe has a somewhat busy decor, it never felt cramped while we were eating. The patio space was also busy, since it was a nice summer’s day. The space is right in front of the restaurant, before the parking lot. It is in the shade in the afternoon, which makes it a pleasant place to sit.
Overall, Ruth’s Cafe serves an inventive lunch for reasonable price. Most of the sandwiches are priced between $7-$11, and the servings are generous. The service was attentive and the food was delicious, making it a win-win. This could easily become a favorite spot for a casual lunch!
Ruth’s Cafe -443 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46240
See their menu at: www.ruthscafeindy.com