Located in Westfield, the Rail Epicurean is housed in a converted multi-level barn and has a cool, laid-back vibe. I’m not exactly how I first found out about Rail Epicurean, but I’m definitely glad that I did.
When I arrived, early afternoon on a Saturday, the place wasn’t too busy. I was able to immediately snag an outdoor seat and ordered a refreshing elderflower champagne to enjoy while I waited for my friends to arrive. It was a gorgeous day, with just a little bit of a breeze… a perfect day to sit outside and enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant and the weather.
I had looked at the menu online ahead of time and was a little disappointed that the dinner menu wasn’t available during lunch hours, as it is in most restaurants. Even so, there were plenty of good lunch meals to choose from. Once my entire party arrived, we ordered the Rail Burger, sweet & salty Broad Ripple Chip Co. chips, a chicken salad sandwich, the JBLT (the “j” stands for jowl), and the potato and leek soup.
I can vouch for the Rail Burger being an excellent pick, along with the sweet & salty chips. Though the burger comes cooked well-done as a standard, it wasn’t tough and didn’t taste overcooked. It came with two patties on a brioche bun with tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, mustard and mayo and I opted to have onion and avocado added. The potato and leek soup was also extremely delicious, creamy and perfectly seasoned.
For dessert, we shared the chocolate cake and the pumpkin bar sundae, and I honestly can’t decide which was better. The chocolate cake was rich and moist, and the pumpkin bar was also very moist and had just the right amount of spices for a nice fall dessert option. The chocolate cake is a signature dessert for Rail that appears to be available all the time, so I’m glad I was able to try that as well as a seasonal dessert.
Rail also had several coffee options, that would pair well with any one of their desserts. I can envision coming back here at night, when the string lights are on, enjoying coffee and dessert outdoors.
Rail is a unique restaurant with a fantastic menu. If this place was located in a more popular spot like downtown or Broad Ripple, I don’t think we’d have been able to get in without a substantial wait. I highly recommend Rail Epicurean as a great place for brunch, lunch or dinner, well worth a trip to Westfield. And if you’re lucky, you may even see Tucker there.