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The Friendly Tavern Zionsville

Winter decided to ease up on us a bit and let the temperature soar to 40 degrees. So in celebration we decided to head north to Boone County , specifically Zionsville. A small town known for high property values, smart little shops and The Friendly Tavern. Now who can resist a joint with Friendly in its name?

This place has been around for more than 35 years. We know this because our bartender has worked there for 35 years. Now that is staying power for both the place and the person. She has gone through 4 owners during that time. I dare say people would think they came into the wrong place were she not there.

The menu features typical tavern fare, is reasonably priced and Pat approved.

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I noticed that their chili had won an award in the past. So, since the past is where most old dudes are comfortable, it seemed as though I should give it a try.

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I am glad I did. It was one of the best mid west style cups of chili I have eaten. It had a respectable amount of spice and a touch of sweet, typical of Hoosier chili. And no pasta.

I decided on a turkey reuben. Not sure why. It just sounded like something I should try. It was pretty good, but not rock your world good. The swirled rye bread was great. The turkey was common deli sliced, and the kraut was typical. And it had no cheese. They tried to “kick it up” with a horseradish mayo on the side; but it could have used a bigger kick of horseradish. I ate it all. It was good, just not great. But I am not sure what I was expecting. I think I was sidetracked by the rib eye steak calling my name. It tempted me. But I resisted. That was too much food for lunch. If I manage to get back, the steak is mine.

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The joint is not that big so go early. They open at 11:00, we got there at 11:20 and the place was starting to fill. We left at noon and there was a line at the door. It’s no wonder the place is popular. They have good food, more than reasonable prices and the staff is super nice and friendly. I mean how can they not be when Friendly is your name o.
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4 responses

  1. That marble rye looks good and so does the chili. I have been craving pie all day. I love horseradish, eat it almost every day, so I’m sorry you didn’t get the right amount. And why no cheese, I wonder?

    March 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    • Horseradish. The wonder root. Tastes good and good for you. I think they forgot the cheese. Oh; a marble rye toasted cheese and a bowl of chili. Followed with a slice of French Silk pie. Hungry yet. I am.

      March 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm

  2. Melissa G.

    We love The Friendly! Arriving early is a must for dinner, but I see a consistently full restaurant as a good sign. Next time try the Prime Rib – it’s our absolute favorite. Only available Thurs-Fri-Sat, though, so plan ahead if you’re making the drive up here.

    (If I may suggest a minor correction, Z’ville is in Boone County, not Hamilton.)

    March 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    • Thanks for the advice. Thanks also for the correction. I never did get the hang of geography. I already have my eye on the ribeye. My guilty pleasure.

      March 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm

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