I took my first trip to Public Greens last spring and loved their seasonal menu, so I thought I would give their fall menu a try. Since the restaurant grows some of their own food and purchases others from local farmers, their menus are different as the seasons change. Though a new location of Public Greens opened in the Keystone Fashion Mall this year, I stuck to the basics and went to the original Broad Ripple location this time. The restaurant faces the Monon Trail across from the Public Greens garden. Since I had been to the location before and loved it, I anticipated a really great meal like I had when I tried the spring menu. You can create your own meal by picking one to three of the options listed. The menu is set up with a number of salad, soup and protein options. I ordered the barbecue brisket bowl and my friend ordered the chicken salad quinoa bowl.
Although I thought I was saving myself a few bucks by not hitting the mall location, I was surprised when my total came out to $35 for the two bowls. Though I felt like that was a pretty high price, I was hoping each dish would be large enough to keep for leftovers. When my food came out, the bowls were not very large and quite honestly, not that great. Basically all that was in my bowl was a ton of brown rice, a tiny bit of barbecue pork and a few shreds of slaw. My only positive was the great location, which made for a nice relaxing night.
Though I had a great experience eating off of Public Green’s spring menu, the fall menu was quite honestly a waste of money and left me feeling unsatisfied and hungry just a few hours later.