Fire by the Monon is a nice restaurant just a block west of the Monon Trail in Indianapolis’ Broad Ripple Village. They are known for smoking and firing fresh, local ingredients. Plus, they strive to offer a good selection of local craft beer. Fire by the Monon has ample inside and patio dining, and their staff is extremely friendly.
They have several flatbreads on their menu, and I tried the carnivore – consisting of pulled pork, bacon, pepperoni, mozzarella, and red sauce. I could taste the slight grilled/fired flavor of the crust, but it was not charcoaled and remained soft. It was even somewhat flimsy near the middle. I’m sure many people would have greatly enjoyed this pizza, but it was a little too heavy on the barbeque pulled pork for me. While I love barbeque, and I obviously love pizza, I’m more of a pizza purist and don’t enjoy mixing the two. In my opinion, the pulled pork had too much barbeque flavoring and this conflicted with the red sauce. The fresh slices of mozzarella cheese were good, but they were somewhat sparse. To me, this just allowed the barbeque flavor to further overpower traditional pizza flavors.
My fellow diners really enjoyed their meals at Fire by the Monon, especially the dirty mac & cheese. I think I would like another one of their flatbreads and plan to try the margherita next time. My poor selection should not reflect too negatively upon them. Just know not to get the carnivore flatbread if you like more traditional pizzas as I do. Otherwise, everyone working at Fire by the Monon was very friendly and helpful, and I hope to dine there again.
What I Ate: Carnivore Flatbread