Gatsby’s Pub & Grill is a fairly typical Indianapolis neighborhood bar but with surprisingly good food. Located off 71st & 465, Gatsby’s is tucked away in a strip mall next to one of the city’s many hotel complexes. The exterior is somewhat less than inviting to your typical Indianapolis visitor. It reads more locals watching NASCAR than place to grab a quick bite. But Au Contraire, Gatsby’s makes most of their salad dressings from scratch and has some of the best tasting and surprisingly healthy wraps in town.
Gatsby’s appears to be more bar than restaurant, and is often times understaffed to handle the volume. If you are in a big hurry or tend to be impatient perhaps go somewhere else. The servers and bar tenders are a friendly bunch and make up for the lack of speed with local charm. Gatsby’s Pub is an overall fun place with a friendly crowd and Karaoke on Saturday nights.
The food at Gatsby’s for the most part is quite good. They tend to make a lot of their items in house, including some of the best ranch dressing in the area. It is a more watery version that matches well with anything from fryer. They have a lot of your typical bar foods. Every place in this city does pork tenderloins, and Gatsby’s is par for the course. The fried pork is crispy and meaty without being tough, but the breading could stand to have more seasoning. The nachos aren’t bad either. A large serving comes with your choice of chicken, beef chili or white bean chili and then your typical nacho toppings. While the chips and toppings were quite good, there simply wasn’t enough cheese for these nachos. The only item on the menu to avoid is the French Dip sandwich. The a jus was a deep flavorful crutch that just couldn’t support the weight of the tough and chewy beef. The meat was reminiscent of Steak-umms and was disappointingly bad given how good the rest of the menu is.
Their wrap selection is impeccable. They have four different wraps on the menu, or you can get any of their 8 different dinner salads in wrap form. The best two would be the Cobb Salad or Teriyaki Salad wraps. The Cobb is a play on the salad of it’s namesake, except that they use onion in place of chives and add sunflower seeds. In wrap form this is delicious. The grilled chicken is tender and juicy, and has a slight flame kissed flavor. The bold contradictions in texture and flavors from the blue cheese and hard boiled eggs to the crisp greens and crunchy seeds make this wrap a real winner. The Teriyaki Salad Wrap is another gem. You have the choice of grilled chicken or salmon with a teriyaki glaze, accompanied by greens, diced tomatoes, mandarin oranges, and wonton noodles. This is another perfect match of flavor and texture. The teriyaki works in harmony with the tart mandarin oranges, and the wontons add a nice extra layer of crunch. The wraps, like all sandwiches, come with your choice from their long list of sides including waffle fries and onion rings. Get regular fries and be treated to the welcome surprise of crinkle cut French fries. They are crispy, crunchy, and fantastic with a side of the afore mention ranch.
All in all Gatsby’s Pub is a fun and tasty place to grab lunch or dinner, if you are staying on the North West side of town. In an area that is saturated with chain restaurants Gatsby’s is a good alternative. The wraps are second to none, the prices are quite reasonable and atmosphere is remarkably friendly.