Lincoln Square Pancake House

8150 Oaklandon Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46236317-823-5373 • eatatlincolnsquare.com
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With four and a half stars on Yelp and a line out the door you’d think this place was the shit. Well, it’s definitely shit alright. The absolute epitome of what you might expect in the sticks of Indianapolis.

First, let’s start with the Sistine Chapel meets Magritte ceiling art. Yes, fluffy white clouds against a blue sky arch upward into the acoustic tile above, almost like skylights, but so poorly done you almost feel sorry for the paint brush that had to create them.

Feeling sorry was the theme in general here. For the patrons around me. For my co-workers. For myself and my stomach. In fact, the only person I didn’t feel bad for was our server, she was quick and full of spunk- it’s amazing the impression a server can leave when they like their job.

Unfortunately, the impression wasn’t enough to salvage the Cinnamon French tragedy on my plate. Too dry, not soaked through and the fruit on top was GMO city. Topped with a syrup that saw more corn fields than maple trees in its former life. Which brings me back to the 4.5 stars… Sure. Out of 100 maybe.

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5Church

127 N Tryon St. Ste 8 Charlotte, NC 28202(704) 919-13225church.com

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From the moment you walk in the door you feel like you might be in NYC as opposed to NC. The décor and energy are both great. Modern industrial with very unique lighting fixtures, a bit of a brocade vibe and the entire novel “The Art of War” is written in chalk on the ceiling- presumably not to be outdone by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

Service was good. And the food impressive, depending on what you got. So choose wisely. Here’s a list to help you do just that…

First, the starters. Skip the jerk chicken lettuce wraps. They do not live up to the heat of their Jamaican roots. The wedge salad is a solid good. But the perogies were my favorite. Nothing was sensational, however, just yet.

But the lamb burger, now that’s a different story. So well seasoned with a complex blend of herbs and spices. The cheese. The bun. It was excellent. The fries were also pretty great, but less fry-like and more like a 2×4 of potato. And the sauce they give you to dip them in is a beautiful aioli of flavors. I put it on my burger too.

As for dessert, completely skip the Peanut Butter cake. Not worth it. And the Banana Pudding is just okay. But the S’More- ohh the s’more.  It’s campfire heaven in a glass.

So, 5 Church gets 3 knives. A touch hit and miss, with a slight edge going to the hits.

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