Oobatz! Restaurant could best be described as a slightly upscale sports bar, and they have two locations in central Indiana – one in Zionsville and one at Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis. There is a somewhat interesting color-changing mood lighting wall in their restaurant at Keystone at the Crossing that causes some odd changes in hue in my pictures of the food. Oobatz has a large menu that includes salad, sandwiches, pasta, burgers, calzones, stromboli, pizza, and desserts. Additionally, they offer many creatively named “Oobatizers” for starters that range from chili cheese fries to calamari. I decided to try garlic knots, and I found them to be well saturated with garlic and seasoning without being too overpowering. The garlic knots can come with a variety of different dipping sauces, and I would probably recommend something besides the marinara as I didn’t find it to be all that great.
Being an alumnus of Indiana University and a carnivore, I was instantly drawn to Oobatz’ Hoosier Daddy pizza that is made up of pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, and mozzarella and Colby jack cheeses. I also got a little crazy, for me at least, and gave the Oobatz Gourmet pizza a try. The Oobatz Gourmet consists of kalamata olives, prosciutto, and capers, and I can honestly say that I don’t recall ever having had capers in my previous twenty-nine years of living. To me, the best part of both pizzas was the crust. Oobatz makes their dough fresh daily, and the crust was nice and airy, yet just a little crispy that gave it a slight crunch. The toppings were fairly flavorful and were probably the next best thing about the pizzas. Some of the toppings were fairly salty, especially the capers (that could just be how capers always are though since I have nothing to compare them to). Overall, Oobatz offers a pleasant atmosphere with good – but not great – pizza and a lot of other menu options.
What I Ate: Hoosier Daddy and OoBATZ Gourmet
3716 East 82nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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