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Three Sisters worth a try

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This week, I visited a longstanding Broad Ripple establishment – Three Sisters.

It has been known as a great place to stop in for breakfast and lunch since 1996, and has grown to incorporate dinner in the past year.

It is not a place to go if you are in hurry. If instead you are looking for variety and have time to enjoy your meal, Three Sisters is ideal.

“We focus on slow-cooked, fresh, made to order food,” says Moira Sommers, who owns the restaurant with husband, Alex Munroe. “Our focus has always been on slow cooking and quality, although it has grown into healthy eating for some customers. We try to use locally grown ingredients if possible.”

The emphasis on locally grown food is reflected in the title. Three Sisters refers to the combination of corn, green beans and squash that some American Indian tribes grew for crop rotation.

Friendly atmosphere is the premise for how the restaurant operates. The slow-cooked nature of the food makes it a place to enjoy conversation with a hearty meal. The restaurant likes its regulars so much that items on the menu are named after them: the Bob, Gretchen, Mona and Bill are four entrees named for the favorite meal of a real person. Other options run the gamut from traditional staples like French toast, bacon and eggs to unique items like Portobello burgers and BBQ grains (5 whole grains with sweet potatoes in an apple butter barbecue sauce).

I tried the green-grilled turkey sandwich with powerhouse potatoes, a black bean patty and a strawberry-banana smoothie. The sandwich had a tasty combination of avocados, sliced turkey breast, homemade pesto sauce, red onions, and Swiss cheese on grilled rye. The garden fresh flavors of pesto and avocado combined with the hot-off-the-grill flavors of toast, onion and cheese to create a best of both worlds type of combination.

The black bean patty (and everything else) is made in house, combining beans with spices in a product that resembles a hamburger patty. In combination with fresh salsa, it is a good homage to southwestern cuisine. The powerhouse potatoes combined potatoes, crumbled tofu, cheddar cheese and herbs. I can see why it is called powerhouse, as it certainly packs a filling punch.

All that needs to be said of the smoothie is that it was made with fresh bananas and strawberries, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.

Three Sisters hass something for everyone, whether they are vegan or on a high-meat protein diet, something which Sommers is thrilled to provide. “I am very happy to produce food that we are proud of,” she says. “The fact that the public responds so well makes us feel blessed.”

Located at 6360 N. Guilford Ave.

Phone: (317) 257-5556 (note: Make sure to park on the street, as adjacent parking lots have been known to tow.)

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