Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cafe Olivia (Indianapolis, IN)

222 East Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, T: 317-385-7839

Cafe Olivia in many ways defies conventions: (1) it serves great food in a market all; (2) it is run by Asians, yet specializes in Creole food; and (3) it serves great sandwiches in the Midwest. It has a couple of entrees as daily specials, but stands out for its broad range of sandwiches, many original creations. Unfortunately, as all stores in the Market Hall, it closes very early (usually around 2 PM).

I have been to Cafe Olivia several times and my favorite sandwich was the Porchetta, which somewhat resembles the Cuban, but combines smoked pork with bacon and a homemade spicy mayo. Tragically, they recently changed the menu and dropped the Porchetta! :-( So this time I settled for the closest resemblance, which was a sandwich with smoked pork, lettuce, tomato, and spicy mayo-and I added the crispy bacon. The sandwich is full of flavors and comes on a nice baguette, which is crispy and absorbs the juices and sauce.

VERDICT: 90/100
Cafe Olivia serves the best sandwiches in Indianapolis, hands down. It has a broad variety of sandwiches, which come on some of the best baguettes in the city. Just make sure that you are there for breakfast or (early) lunch, as it closes early!

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