At the Table with Anna

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Where to go: Pure Eatery, 8235 E. 116th St., Suite 245, Fishers

What to get: Marinated beef tips

Price: $16.95

The marinated beef tips at Pure Eatery features beef tenderloin tips, rice, asparagus or broccoli and pickled banana peppers tossed in a peppery, cream-based spice. The dish is a great comfort food choice, and it has a bit of a kick to it. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Anna’s take: Pure Eatery’s marinated beef tips are the embodiment of comfort food. The relatively new menu item features beef tenderloin tips, pickled banana peppers and broccoli atop a bed of rice tossed with a pepper cream sauce. I opted for asparagus instead of broccoli. The hearty meal is very filling, and the sauce has a slight kick to it. The tenderness of the meat counteracts the crispness of the veggies and the kick of the peppery cream-based sauce.

Another option Pure Eatery presented me was its blackened tilapia over a bed of pearled Israeli couscous tossed in pesto and sautéed squash and zucchini for $13.95. Talk about portion sizes. For the healthier diners out there, this meal would be an excellent option with its giant slab of tilapia serving up a hefty amount of protein. The pesto added a nice nutty flavor but didn’t saturate the dish. Although the blackening spices coat the flaky white fish, the dish is not spicy.

Save for a few brunch items, Pure Eatery cooks all of its menu items in olive oil instead of butter as a healthier option. Many of the menu items come with the diner’s choice of side, and all of Pure Eatery’s salad dressings are gluten-free.

Pure Eatery also has locations in Fountain Square in Indianapolis and Lafayette.

Suggested pairings: Pair the marinated beef tips with a Taxman Brewing Co. Deduction beer, an Ironstone Pinot Noir or a Dark and Stormy cocktail. Pair the blackened tilapia with Fountain Square Brewery hefeweizen, a Sauvignon blanc from 13 Degrees Celsius or a basil lemonade Long Island.

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