When we walked in on a Friday evening after work, I think we were all thinking margaritas, por favor.
There were not very many people when we arrived. I guess that's good. No waiting :) We weren't sure what to do, I just wanted to check the place out. They have some interesting decor, it's very Dia de los muertos. It has some really cool potential. It was missing a little something for me in terms of atmosphere though. I don't know if it was that it was a bit quiet or what, but the place didn't fit the energy. However, if you want a little change of energy, you can make your way out to the tiki bar in the back. At first, we thought the tiki bar was the loading dock (if you go there, you'll see why!!). But, a nice patron noticed my confused look and directed me to the actual tiki bar, which is a bit hidden. Now, the tiki bar is where the party's at. It doesn't really fit in at all with the look or themes of the inside of the restaurant, but they have a tiki bar, picnic tables and live music, so it's definitely a fun atmosphere!
You have to order at the bar, which took us a few minutes to figure out. I'm not sure why, it seems like the kind of restaurant where someone would come to your table and take your order, but that is not the deal. No problem, we did it. The menu is heavy on the tacos, which I think everyone at our table ordered in some capacity or another. I scored myself some pork tacos...mmmmm.
The tacos are LA style from what I can tell. They kind of reminded me of the tacos from the West Coast Tacos truck. They put a good amount of pork in 2 soft corn taco shells. Eating them was kind of mess, I'm not gonna lie. My tortillas fell totally apart and my paper carton came in super handy at catching all my taco mess. The pork tasted really good though. I was a fan. It was really simple, but good. Hubs had some chicken tacos. That's how we usually roll to tell you the truth, I'm pork, he's chicken, that's it.
I think you can see it was the same idea with the chicken tacos. Nothing fancy, for sure. These things are bare bones and served as such. They have other sides too, like chips and guac, chips and queso etc. They also have a bunch of beers on tap inside, but outside at the tiki bar, the beer choices are less exciting. You can check out their facebook page to see what beers they have on tap. I think this is really the only place on the web, besides urbanspoon, that you can go to try to get an idea of what's happening at Revolucion.
The wrap up
Okay, so a few things I like about this place. I love their Dia de los muertos feel. They have some really cool artwork and the location is awesome. The food tastes really good and the margaritas (although admittedly, I'm no margarita connoisseur) were quite delicious. They have some good beers on tap and the tiki bar makes you feel like you are as close to a beach as you can be in Indianapolis :) However, I do think something is lacking. I think there is potential for this place to be a really cool restaurant, but is soooooooo super casual. They really could be serving this food out of a hole in the wall of the building they are in. They give it to you in paper cartons and you order it at the counter....from a pretty cool bar I might add. It's confusing to me. I would like to see a more diverse and interesting menu and for this space to be as cool and hipster and Fountain Square as I really, really want it to be. That being said, I like it, I will tiki it up again and definitely nosh on summa dem tacos!