Sidebars: Unique Pure Eatery offers options for all types of diners

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SidebarsWe all have friends who we don’t see very often but when we do, it is as if no time has passed between visits. Often this phenomenon is caused by a common thread you share with that person (i.e. college roommate, sorority sister, Army buddy). Laura Iosue, staff attorney at the Indiana Disciplinary Commission, and I are like this. Our common thread is we were young attorneys at the Marion County Public Defender Agency and gaining litigation training through baptism by fire. This bred a camaraderie that does not get infected by the passage of time. It also leaves you with stories that just don’t happen at silk stocking firms – no offense. (Hey, have you ever had a client move for a change of menu or complained of the protein judge or asked to be released on their own continent? Didn’t think so.)

Laura and I met for lunch at Pure Eatery in Fountain Square in Indianapolis. It is under fairly new management/ownership and they are doing a terrific job. This area of town is really kicking it up and Pure only complements the eclectic little southeast corner of our city. If you dine here, set aside a few extra minutes to peek into the neighboring shops that offer funky and cool merchandise of all types.

The menu at Pure has something for everyone – meat lover, vegetarian, finicky eaters and palate explorers. Laura wisely chose the soup of the day which was squash/carrot bisque. Other appetizers include Gouda-stuffed jalapenos, crostinis with pesto, Vegan-Dilla (roasted yellow squash, zucchini, portabella and hummus on a tomato tortilla served with a side of corn salsa), and a chicken & apple quesadilla. I started with an entrée-sized salad, specifically the spinach & bacon salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Absolutely delicious and fresh and it had the perfect amounts of bacon, blue cheese, egg, cucumber, tomato and red onions. They kept it pure of what a spinach & bacon salad should be. The other entrée salads are Chicken Fiesta (mixed field greens, chicken, white cheddar, corn salsa, pico de gallo, and tortilla strips served with homemade spicy southwest dressing) and a cranberry & goat cheese salad.

The remainder of the menu offers a variety of sandwiches, paninis, wraps and pitas. Sticking close to home, these dishes are served with the locally owned and grown chips of the Amazing Potato Chip Company. Laura revisited her favorite – the blue cheese chicken pita – that has chicken (obviously), roasted red pepper, red onion, field greens and blue cheese. The chipotle mayo and the red pepper give the pita a slight kick. Despite the large salad I had just polished off, I ate my entire Pure BLT. The avocado spread on the sandwich put an interesting twist on this very traditional sandwich.

The panini offerings are chicken cordon bleu, portabella mushroom, turkey & havarti, Caprese, and roasted vegetable. Sandwiches can be ordered on sourdough, wheat or rye and the smoked ham with rosemary aioli comes on Italian flatbread. I should also point out the roast beef with lemon basil aioli is served on ciabatta bread. The individual character of all the sandwiches reveals the dedication to not being just a sandwich deli. The pitas and wraps consist of a southwest black bean wrap, turkey with pesto aioli wrap and a hummus & veggie pita.

Pure is located in lively Fountain Square at 1043 Virginia Ave. With the influx of downtown dwellers, I hope Pure will sustain because Indy needs indigenous and trendy options and not cookie-cutter dining options. Pure is anything but from a mold and earned a 3.5 gavel rating from us.•


Fred Vaiana and Jennifer Lukemeyer practice at Voyles Zahn & Paul in Indianapolis, focusing in criminal defense. Both enjoy a good meal with colleagues and friends, and their Sidebars column reviews and rates eateries lawyers may enjoy visiting when working at courthouses throughout Indiana. The opinions expressed in this column are those of the authors.


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  1. Especially I would like to see all the republican voting patriotic good ole boys to stop and understand that the wars they have been volunteering for all along (especially the past decade at least) have not been for God & Jesus etc no far from it unless you think George Washington's face on the US dollar is god (and we know many do). When I saw the movie about Chris Kyle, I thought wow how many Hoosiers are just like this guy, out there taking orders to do the nasty on the designated bad guys, sometimes bleeding and dying, sometimes just serving and coming home to defend a system that really just views them as reliable cannon fodder. Maybe if the Christians of the red states would stop volunteering for the imperial legions and begin collecting welfare instead of working their butts off, there would be a change in attitude from the haughty professorial overlords that tell us when democracy is allowed and when it isn't. To come home from guarding the borders of the sandbox just to hear if they want the government to protect this country's borders then they are racists and bigots. Well maybe the professorial overlords should gird their own loins for war and fight their own battles in the sandbox. We can see what kind of system this really is from lawsuits like this and we can understand who it really serves. NOT US.... I mean what are all you Hoosiers waving the flag for, the right of the president to start wars of aggression to benefit the Saudis, the right of gay marriage, the right for illegal immigrants to invade our country, and the right of the ACLU to sue over displays of Baby Jesus? The right of the 1 percenters to get richer, the right of zombie banks to use taxpayer money to stay out of bankruptcy? The right of Congress to start a pissing match that could end in WWIII in Ukraine? None of that crud benefits us. We should be like the Amish. You don't have to go far from this farcical lawsuit to find the wise ones, they're in the buggies in the streets not far away....

  2. Moreover, we all know that the well heeled ACLU has a litigation strategy of outspending their adversaries. And, with the help of the legal system well trained in secularism, on top of the genuinely and admittedly secular 1st amendment, they have the strategic high ground. Maybe Christians should begin like the Amish to withdraw their services from the state and the public and become themselves a "people who shall dwell alone" and foster their own kind and let the other individuals and money interests fight it out endlessly in court. I mean, if "the people" don't see how little the state serves their interests, putting Mammon first at nearly every turn, then maybe it is time they wake up and smell the coffee. Maybe all the displays of religiosity by American poohbahs on down the decades have been a mask of piety that concealed their own materialistic inclinations. I know a lot of patriotic Christians don't like that notion but I entertain it more and more all the time.

  3. If I were a judge (and I am not just a humble citizen) I would be inclined to make a finding that there was no real controversy and dismiss them. Do we allow a lawsuit every time someone's feelings are hurt now? It's preposterous. The 1st amendment has become a sword in the hands of those who actually want to suppress religious liberty according to their own backers' conception of how it will serve their own private interests. The state has a duty of impartiality to all citizens to spend its judicial resources wisely and flush these idiotic suits over Nativity Scenes down the toilet where they belong... however as Christians we should welcome them as they are the very sort of persecution that separates the sheep from the wolves.

  4. What about the single mothers trying to protect their children from mentally abusive grandparents who hide who they truly are behind mounds and years of medication and have mentally abused their own children to the point of one being in jail and the other was on drugs. What about trying to keep those children from being subjected to the same abuse they were as a child? I can understand in the instance about the parent losing their right and the grandparent having raised the child previously! But not all circumstances grant this being OKAY! some of us parents are trying to protect our children and yes it is our God given right to make those decisions for our children as adults!! This is not just black and white and I will fight every ounce of this to get denied

  5. Mr Smith the theory of Christian persecution in Indiana has been run by the Indiana Supreme Court and soundly rejected there is no such thing according to those who rule over us. it is a thought crime to think otherwise.