Well, this was one my many vacation food stops (ps - I've been on vacation and then continued to be blog lazy...sorry :( ). During said vacation, my cousin and Aunt were visiting Indy for the first time all the way from Raleigh. My cuz happened to see a Man v. Food episode featuring this particular restaurant, Gray Brothers, and let's just assume that it might have been the only reason he made the 12 hour trek with his Mom to visit his old, lame cousin :) Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't...either way, he mentioned he wanted to check it out and the kid doesn't ask for much (except this and some fresh Nikes for the new school year), so neither could be missed.
I guess you probably caught by the name that this is a cafeteria-style restaurant. I have to admit, I haven't been to one of those since undergrad at a mall in Wilson, NC where people still smoked inside. Yeah, it was a little while ago. I was up for it though, we took a family trip out there and stood in the SUPER long line. I never mind that either, more time for chatting and checking out other people's food :)
Check it out though! This photo doesn't really do it justice either, that thing went through the doors and just kept wrapping around, I thought maybe I was at Disney! At least they didn't charge people $15 to go to the front of the line...that's a win in my book.
We waited in line, maybe for 45 minutes. We checked out the food and gasped at the sights, the portions the smells and the craziness of it all. By the time we were ready to order, I was ready to eat, which I guess is a good thing because I think they were ready to feed us, and maybe the entire continent of Africa for a couple of days.
The very large portions of Food
As you are waiting in line, it is your time to decide what you want. I thought I had it all in my head, but when I got up there with my tray, I kind of drew a blank. I stared at the food and the ladies with tongs to serve it to me and had to make some rash decisions. This is mostly because the food they have is displayed a la carte style on a board, but it's not anywhere on the food when you are looking at it. I forgot what things were!!! So, I just kind of winged it and started grabbing stuff and asking for stuff.
This place was a good place to get some home cooked food. I will not make the mistake of passing up the homemade pies next time...I'll share my entree if I have to, but I HAVE to get some of those pies in my belly. The only complaint I have is I wish that it was a little more clear what foods are in front of your face when you are ordering. Obviously I know what mac & cheese looks like, but there were a couple things I just didn't know what they were while I was standing in front of them...and that place is busy, you gotta keep than line movin'! It's a very good place for a family outing, unless your kids don't like standing in line for too long...make sure to bring some toys to entertain them. I think we'll be back...after I do 200 crunches. :)