eating indie in indy

Time for the Tick Tock Tavern to ReOpen

On the near east side of Indy ; on 10th street ; there once was a nice little neighborhood. It was anchored by Arsenal Technical High School and three wide thoroughfares of huge turn of the century homes. Several of which even had carriage houses. But that area ; like a lot of places in this country ; deteriorated. One of the businesses that fell on “hard times” was the Tick Tock Tavern. Fell ? Hell it jumped. Back in the early 90’s one of its bartenders shot a customer. That ain’t good customer relations. No matter now, it closed and two sharp and savvy business women have re built it and are starting a new chapter on 10th Street. The born again Tick Tock is bright and airy and offers no pretense. Some new joints try to play a hip and/or sophisticated card. Not this place. You get what you see. They offer about 6 or 7 craft beers. Mostly local and they only charge $5. Their food menu isn’t that large. Which should be common for the first one. Their fare is common bar food; with a slight creative twist. They cook their burgers on a flat top ; like the Living Room Lounge. Imagine that. Tammy, a co-owner, and our bartender/server used to own the Living Room. Well as soon as Pat learned how they cook ’em he ordered one so fast I thought he was gonna’ bite his tongue. 007 tick tock 2 001-001 006 They had 4 lunch specials that day. One included pig. Pulled pork with bbq sauce. They had me at the 1st B. The portion was legit and the flavor had a slight smokiness that I enjoy. Even if it might have come from a bottle. The meat was both shredded and in bigger chunks. The chunks had some great crusty brown pieces and parts. The special came with cole slaw and choice of side. You can see that on the menu that is accompanying this post. We have made some changes in the bistro. Tammy told us she was planning on changing the menu , and adding more apps. Pat and I have already discussed a revisit. We will have to find some peeps to go with us ; so we can try more stuff. This is an exciting little joint. GOOD LUCK LADIES. 005 Oh I almost forgot. Their “hook” is flavored vodkas. At first thought that may not seem too exciting but they infuse their own. Pat and I sampled some bacon vodka ; the center piece for their signature Blood Marys. All we can say is: Damn. 011 004 <img style="border:none;padding:0;width:130px;height:36px;"Tick Tock Lounge on Urbanspoon

6 responses

  1. RickySue

    Binsin! nice to know Mikey’s favorite bar is open again, maybe he was there in spirit with you two, was there the smell of a Lucky Stripe burning in the air?

    May 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

  2. No Luckys. But every time I think of this joint I think of Mikey.

    May 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    • Rachelle

      Mikey Who?

      February 26, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      • He was a mutual friend who passed recently.

        February 26, 2015 at 2:23 pm

  3. RickySue

    Jimmy and I went there for lunch today, we both tried the smoked fish spread, excellent but they need to up the ante on the crackers, this spread is soooo good it deserves a better cracker than restaurant Club crackers normally served with soup. Jimmy had the burger with smoked gouda, really liked it, I had the Grouper Fingers and they were definitely to die for(they were deep fried, it could happen). The burger looked sooo good, I’ll try it the next time and all Jimmy wants the next time is the smoked fish spread( and maybe one of those killer Lunch Bloody Mary’s). worth a few trips back, they get 12 on the bar food chain with me!!

    May 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm

  4. Thanks, Benson! I just approved your blog claim. Now your Urbanspoon profile picture is displayed on your blog page. You can upload a blog-specific photo if you prefer, and can change a few other blog settings there. Also, if you vote for a restaurant that you’ve reviewed on your blog, we now show your vote next to your post everywhere on our site.



    May 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm

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