Rock-Cola 50’s Cafe 5730 Brookville Road ( Revisit)
About 3 years ago, when we were new to the reviewing world we had lunch here. This was before I had a cell phone or a camera. Any pictures we might have posted were from the Goggle Image Library. The reason we chose this joint was because they had resurrected Choc-Ola. That was a local chocolate drink that came in cans and bottles. It goes back a lot of years and part of those years were Hoosier. It wasn’t much more than Chocolate milk in a can. But it was good,and it was part of our history. The strange thing is we didn’t have it either time. The first time we had chocolate malts. Good malts. The kind that gives you the malt burn in the back of your throat. This time we went the water, Coke route. We also brought a friend, Jim. He has been a regular customer here for quite some time.
Pat and I had discussed hitting a new BBQ place; but we flipped a coin and heads was Rock-Cola. I had planned on getting a malt or a root beer float; since it was my birthday; but I decided to go with the H2O.
Jim already had his mind made up and ordered a Hawg Dog. That is a big deep-fried hot dog, placed in a bun and then topped with pulled BBQ pork and coleslaw. That is something he gets on a regular basis for $6.99.
Now that is what I wanted. However since he ordered first I felt obliged to get something else. He did let me get a bite. And all the incremental pieces worked really well together. Individually they may not have been stellar but the totality was really good.
Patrick decided on a grilled tenderloin, for $6.99. I do not think he was prepared for the monster piece of meat he was given. It was a least 8 ounces of cubed pig carmelized on a flat-topped griddle to the point of sweet tenderness.
Since Jim took “my dawg” he recommended the El Paso Pete for $7.99. That is 90% lean ground beef. Cooked like “taco meat” and seasoned with southwest seasoning and green peppers and onion. Then it is smothered with American cheese and served on a toasted bun. I ordered a side of hashed browns to go with the sandwich.
The potatoes came out as a huge patty. They were nothing spectacular. Just nice shredded ‘taters, nicely browned and mildly seasoned. The “taco-burger thingy” was tasty, but it was really cooked hard. A flat top is a great tool but sometimes a light hand is nice. This was over cooked, in my estimation. It was still all right but a little moisture would have been appreciated.
Well in summation. This joint is a good little diner. You won’t always find perfection. Just settle for good grub and nice people. Right Tamara?
For the history of Choc-ola :