Milktooth. Conde Nast even called it one of the best restaurants in the world! Bon Appetit also had great things to say.
Milktooth is the first restaurant of chef/owner Jonathan Brooks and his wife Ashley. It has grown from a passionate commitment to great local ingredients and an inspiration to connect childhood food memories with unconventionally creative morning fare. Daybreak meals became nourishing family time to Jonathan and Ashley after their son was born and Jonathan took over as Chef de Cuisine at Recess. With an ever expanding love and pride for Indianapolis they invite you to come enjoy a great cup of coffee, a cocktail, a pancake, or perhaps some sweet tea fried chicken (OUR STORY).
So, when we arrived, there was a line out the door and a very cramped entrance way - no surprise. They anticipate this and have a coffee bar open for those waiting.
There's no seating there, but you can at least get a drink or pastry to keep yourself occupied. I ordered a "gold front" which came with black tea, turmeric, ginger, coconut, cardamom, honey, steamed milk.
And, I also got a homemade poptart - strawberry and kumquat. How cool is that?
The poptart was cool - not overly sweet but more like a pastry and jam. I was into it.
Then, our names were called, so I brought my goodies back inside before being seated at a table near the back. The interior is "chic and airy" - bright, lots of white and hip succulents and foodie books line the wall.
Their menu has some phenomenal sounding items. Strawberry Dutch baby pancakes, house pastrami cured salmon on house rye bialy, fried chicken wings with coconut curry rice. And then there was this:
Cranberry walnut & TP Caerphilly cheddar grilled cheese with black truffle honey and a local sunny duck egg. The bread was thick, with a nice crunch to it, and the cheese was plentiful and just oozing out all over. It was all covered in this sweet, yet umami flavored honey that meshed that sweet and salty together beautifully. And, just to top it off, a sunnyside egg that just makes it more "breakfast-y." Easily one of the most creative, delicious grilled cheeses I've ever had.