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Monon Food Co. has West Coast flair

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I once was a fish taco skeptic, being a Midwestern girl with a craving for all that is fried and covered in gravy, giving caution to West Coast inspired foods.

But at the insistence of Tim Williams, owner of Broad Ripple’s Monon Food Co., I caved and dived into pico de gallo-covered goodness.

It’s safe to say I will no longer shy away from this increasingly-popular dish, and if your palate craves what Williams describes as “Midwest food with West Coast flavor,” then the restaurant is one you may want to dive into as well.

The Monon Food Co. menu doesn’t cater specifically to fish tacos. Customers can choose anything from burgers, to crab cakes made in-house and even pizzas.

Craving something unique? Try the Cajun meatloaf sandwich filled with spices and covered in pepper jack cheese. Or if you want something light, the Thai chicken salad is a customer favorite, topped with a seasoned chicken breast, freshly-made mango salsa, roasted peanuts, assorted veggies, wonton strips and drizzled in lime-ginger vinaigrette.

If you’re feeling thirsty, something unique about the Monon Food Co. is that they serve about 50 craft beers that change seasonally. If you’re unsure about which one would go best with your dinner, the menu conveniently recommends the perfect beer to complement your meal.

The array of flavors and attention to fresh details is something that stems from Monon Food Co.’s mission: To promote and express art through food, music and painting. The mission isn’t just reflected in the Monon’s food; diners can take in the photography of John Crowe or the oil paintings of Ray Abrams, and even consider purchasing one of the pieces, all of which are for sale.

The Monon also features musicians once a month. Being a musician himself, Williams makes it a goal to support artists, so much that most of the employees at the Monon Food Co. are artists and musicians themselves.

Monon Food Co. is a great place for the senses in that it allows customers to try new flavors, take in new sounds and experience great art. But once all is done, don’t forget to save room for dessert; the Monon’s menu features a chocolate stout brownie baked with, you guessed it – beer.

But probably the sweetest part is the prices – a platter of generously-sided fish tacos won’t break the bank at $7.49, leaving you plenty of cash to enjoy that perfectly-paired brew.

For more information, visit mononfood.com.


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