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Jul 22, 2009 05:00 AM

Scholars Inn- Indianapolis

Tried this restaurant for the first time over the weekend. We had skipped lunch that day and did not have a reservation, so we arrived very early for dinner- about 5:30pm- so the place was empty. Just from the name of the place, I thought the restaurant would be more casual, but it is quite upscale inside. Great service- started with baked brie appetizer (yum), artisan cheeses, and had the roasted chicken stuffed with cheese/spinach as my entree. I never order chicken in restaurants, but for some reason had a craving. This was superb- the chicken was great, but the best part was the sour cream mashed potatoes and the tomato butter sauce. I would have eaten cardboard dipped in the sauce. My DC had the special- mahi mahi (I think) served with crab. I thought the crab and sauce were good but a bit too sweet, but he cleared his plate without complaint.
2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 3 glasses of wine = $100 (not including tip). Very good deal for the quality of food and service we received, IMO. We finished and left around 7pm, and unfortunately, the restaurant was still frighteningly empty. Not sure how they or any place could stay open with such little traffic on a Saturday. Maybe it was swamped by 8? I hope so- go out and get some good food to keep this place and others like it open!!!

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  1. Not surprised S.I. was empty. They have switched names two or three times now, keep promoting their place as more than just a martini bar, and keep praising their chef as this wonder cook. Their is no focus on what the place wants to really be. I think this place tries a bit too hard to be too much (sort of like the overdone interior decor!)......sorry, a bit too pretentious for me. The one time I tried their food was horrendous. Did I give them a second chance? NO. I determined that baked brie, chicken stuffed with cheese and spinach on a way too large menu was definitely out-dated. And with the 30 things to choose from in an empty 'restaurant', how fresh can your food be? Good luck, but I would never risk my life eating at such an establisment.

    10 Replies
      1. re: mem53

        The reality is that you probably had a somewhat exceptional experience. We've been there 3 times now and the food has been mediocre to bad. Service has been fair and the menu is just really boring.

        What I find really interesting is that there is a small crowd that loyally follows Scholars, but with R Bistro right around the corner I can't understand why anyone would go to Scholar's except maybe for the full bar.

        1. re: chetatkinsdiet

          Pretty much sums up their Bloomington outpost, too.

          1. re: HoosierFoodie

            Agreed. Their wine list could use some serious help too.

            1. re: HoosierFoodie

              The original restaurant in Bloomington was not bad at all and often quite good until they opened the Indy place. Then I think they lost focus and maybe some interest. The bread from their bakeries is no where as good as it used to be. I've found some Marsh offerings to be better for bread.

              1. re: Candy

                Agree completely about their bread. They used to only sell bread baked that day (sold day-old for half price). Since they opened the bread factory on 37, your just as likely to get days-old bread as fresh. The last sandwich I ordered there (and I do mean the last), the bread was totally dried out and stale.

                1. re: pikawicca

                  I just picked up a corned beef sandwich and took it back to the shop to eat. The rye is not bad but the corned beef was ice cold. Luckily we have a microwave. I don't thin I've ever had a cold corned beef sandwich before

            2. re: chetatkinsdiet

              <with R Bistro right around the corner I can't understand why anyone would go to Scholar's except maybe for the full bar>


              ps - no offense mem53! :-)

              1. re: Cookiefiend

                None taken! I appreciate hearing others' experiences, especially with places that are new to me. I am happy that I enjoyed my meal, but maybe we just got lucky! I did not appreciate the sarcasm toward what I ordered (who doesn't like baked brie, regardless of being outdated or not?), which is why I responded as I did, but sharing opinions is the whole point of this site.

                1. re: mem53

                  I can also enjoy the flavor of baked brie. I'm just trying to make a point that i wouldn't order it off a menu that seems to be consistently outdated AND also rediculous...for example: WATERMELLON CROUTONS?!?! come on people! I find it insulting that the chefs/staff of such an establishment to treat their customers like three year olds. Maybe my standards are just higher but i do find it somewhat insulting to be taken lightly as a diner.
                  JUST MY PERSONAL OPINION!