Generally speaking, dining out vegan takes a little planning. It’s not usually a big deal — we know how to navigate a menu.
When you are on your home turf, it’s easier. Traveling, well, that’s a different story. Not unlike real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.
But when you find yourself at a specific location (Indianapolis Court House) at a specific time (lunch break between Indiana Mock Trial competition rounds), then add a time limit and the fact that approximately 250 other people are trying to do the same thing, suddenly you are Vegan In A Hurry (think super hero cape, theme song and possibly my hair billowing in the wind).
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So we all rush to City Market. This is a gigantic food court in a beautiful old brick building.
It has multiple vendors and fantastic loft seating upstairs. Most of the stalls are walk-up-and-order, a few have counter seats, and one or two have a few little tables. It’s got a really good mix of users.
Imagine my joy when I walked in from the east entrance and saw a sign that says, “Three Carrots.” That had to be a good sign, right?
Yes, yes it was.
I ran to the stall and was happy to learn it was a vegan food stall. Vegan, baby. With a little line, even. They were doing good business.
The menu is limited (it’s a food stall), but I struggled with the sandwich choices. I ended up selecting the banh mi sandwich.
Guess what? For $2 you can upgrade to soup. You bet I did: seitan and dumplings. It was fairly priced ($10 for soup, sandwich and water), the service was prompt and the crew was friendly.
I love it when people who work in restaurants want to talk about the food. These guys were great. Better yet, so was the food.
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The bread was bakery bread: chewy, crusty yumminess. The filling was delish and had both tenderness and crunch with fresh veggies and tons of cilantro.
The soup was really, really good. I haven’t had good dumplings in three years. Tasty. Really tasty.
I manage to make it to Indy a handful of times a year, and Three Carrots is definitely going on my go-to list. I highly recommend.
Let’s see if I get just as lucky when we spend next weekend in Bloomington for the Indiana Science Olympiad.