The Best Thing I Ever Ate! is a show on Food Network where the biggest food stars and chefs disclose what they eat in their free time, when they are actually paying. The show is the "ultimate guide to the country's most amazing meals, eats, and treats as told by the pros who spend their lives obsessing over food."
This lovely picture depicts my "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." It deserves its own post on my blog because it is just that good. This is "Chicken Salad Patachou" that can be found at Cafe Patachou in Indianapolis. If I were an inmate on deathrow and I had to choose my last meal, it would probably be this. The chicken salad is their housemade recipe. The menu describes it as "all white meat Indiana raised chicken, mayonnaise, celery, and a bit of bacon." Yes, BACON! The bacon makes this dish. This is not your ordinary chicken salad. It is rich and creamy and not really chunky at all, like some varieties of lesser chicken salad. It is perfection. The bacon just takes it to a whole different level. The generous scoop is served on a bed of fresh field greens next to a generous portion of fresh fruit. The fruit is amazing, no matter what time of year you order it. It is so fresh that the flavors of all the fruit don't mix together at all. The icing on the cake is the cinnamon toast. The toast is made out of their housemade sourdough that is baked fresh daily. The bread is thick and chewy. On top of the toast is this thick mixture of cinnamon and sugar and butter. I love the crunch of the cinnamon and sugar on top of the chewiness of the toast. Simply perfect. The cost of this meal is $9.95, which I realize some may find pricey. It is worth every single penny, I can assure you. Yesterday when I ordered this, I also helped myself at the self serve coffee bar where I tried the chocolate fudge coffee and the butternut creme coffee. Butternut creme was the best. Besides the fact that I was with my three favorite people in the world, this meal is so deeply satisfying!!! If you ever go to Indy, look it up! You won't regret it!