[CH] Mousetrap

Steven L. thomas (sthomas@seidata.com)
Wed, 20 May 1998 09:34:54 -0400 (EDT)

>Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 17:39:12 -0500
>From: "Frank J. Hashek" <pepperking@mindspring.com>
>Subject: [CH] Real Chiles in restaurants

>We went to a place here in Indianapolis on Saturday night.  We had not been
>there for a while, as they had a Cajun nite and had discontinued it.

>The place is on N. Keystone Ave and is called "The Mousetrap".  They have
>recently started a Caribbean Night (won't be on this Sat, as it is the>
>night before the big race) on Saturdays.

>The food was outstanding.  I had BBQ ribs with rice and Pineapple Habanero
>Salsa!  A great salsa with a moderate amount of habs (for the general
>public's consumption).  Quite tasty, and they sprinkled the ribs with
>chopped  habs and brought me a side dish of chopped habs when I ordered
>"please be generous with the habs".

>Highly recommended to anyone living in Indy or passing through.

>Still glowing,

Hey Frank-- The Mousetrap has a great history for CHer's.  In the late 60's
"John's Hot Stews" leased the kitchen and served lunches- basic pub fare
-hamburgers, BIG  tenderloins, etc., but they had a recipe for hot stew
using pretty toasty hungarian peppers that was pretty unique at the time.
They cranked along nicely for quite a while, Then whoever John was hired a
woman who was native of Caribean or an American island down south.  She
started serving really serious Cajun food on Friday and Saturday nights in
the late 70's and it became the thing.  They were the first(?) Indiana bar
to be open on Sundays due to the amount of food they served during the
week.  I worked there during that time, and it got pretty scary on Sunday
afternoons.  But the food was always good, and Mike the owner always likes
to hear that people enjoyed good, hot foods.  He's a real personable guys
so say hi to him if you're there.  They used to have an alligator gumbo
dish way back when- did you see it?