eating indie in indy

Tow Yard Brewing 501 Madison Avenue

I have been looking forward to this place opening for quite a while. It opened a few weeks back; during the sweet 16 Tournament, with very little fan fare. It’s situated in the old Chateau Thomas Winery space, and is huge. Prior to the winery the space was a garage of some sort as there are three large garage doors in the main sitting area that open to an expansive outdoor seating area. I took several pictures but pictures alone don’t do the joint justice.

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This is The Larder. Tow Yard’s kitchen. They feature a large selection of Smoking Goose meats as well as different cheeses and veggies. So it’s actually a deli as well.

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I found their menu to be quite unique. It was an interesting blend of oven roasting, braising and deli items. They even offer fried gator and grilled Long donuts, stuffed with cheese. A foodies paradise.

Pat opted for the whole Prohibition, a roast beef sandwich 86 onion, 86 mayo. Unfortunately when it came out it was a Bourdain, a more traditional deli sandwich with uncured ham, salami, and capiocolla. Our server naturally apologized,re ordered and brought a go box. So Pat scored a free sandwich.

The incorrect sandwich.

The incorrect sandwich.

The correct sandwich.

The correct sandwich

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Oh I forgot to mention one minor disappointment. They are about 2 to 3 weeks from having their first batch of beer ready to drink. I say minor because they have a great selection of local and micro beers available. Also I think the food is good enough to draw you in even if they only sold soft drinks. Speaking of which. They found a local place that makes craft soda products. Now that is unique.

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I decided to order a half Pig Vicious and a half Ty Webb. I had no idea the “halves ” would be so big.

I scanned the menu and am including it at the end. That way people can see the “stuff” in the sandwiches and the pricing.

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This is the Pig Vicious. A damn fine sandwich. Lovely pork, sweet chunks of pickle and a spicy horseradish mustard. I honestly couldn’t tell where the braised pork ended and the uncured ham began. As far as the onion jam goes I couldn’t detect any onion flavor per se but some of the sweetness may not have come from the refrigerator pickles. In time they might find that some of the ingredients are not essential to the taste. But regardless the Pig Vicious is a great tasting sandwich. And the stainless “pots” they but the sandwiches in are a statement in themselves.

My other choice, the Ty Webb was the most compelling. Merquez is a Moroccan sausage made of lamb or beef and seasoned with red peppers and spices indigenous to North African cooking. In this case it is made into “meat balls” and put in the largest pita bread I’ve seen. The slight heat from the sausage was nicely tamed by the yogurt dill sauce. The paneer was most unusual in that it was in cubes and seared on one side. Which, to me brought another dimension to the cheese. And bonus; the halves were so big I got a bunch of food to take home. Three sandwiches, three home runs. To all concerned great job.

Ty Webb sandwich

Ty Webb sandwich

Close up showing a cube of paneer.

Close up showing a cube of paneer.

Great food; great beverage and great service. Thanks to our server Jason. The only downer to this joint is the parking. There isn’t any. The nearest lot charges $10. But just north is street parking. So I don’t think this is a business killer. In general parking downtown leaves a lot to be desired. And as Pat pointed out the Tow Yard is a destination within a destination. I mean the joint is an Andrew Luck throw from Lucas Stadium. And the tailgate lot is a short block away. Also the NCAA basketball tourney has plans on using Indy in the future and those are all held at the stadium as well.

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7 responses

  1. Dang, those sandwiches look so yummy. Even the incorrect one! You surely scored there. I’d never heard of any of those beers on the chalkboard. Your post makes me yearn for sprouts. Our big grocery stores stopped selling them a couple years ago after some kind of contamination, so they are hard to find around here. I bet that paneer was delicious as well. How international you were.

    April 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    • Aw just another day for a foodie. I prefer mung bean sprouts but alfalfa sprouts are ok. You can raise your own sprouts without too much trouble. A few of those beers are local. I am going to try and wait to go back after they finish their own brew. I think a pint of Goldie Hops and some grilled donuts sound too good to pass up.

      April 11, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      • I was wondering: Does one just eat the insides of the Tonya Harding and then use the sub bread to go club someone in the knees afterward? Sorry…

        April 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      • That is TOO funny. Pat and I were trying to figure out why that particular sandwich was named that. I think your answer is as good as any. Of course you do realize I will never look at those ingredients the same ever again. Eating the insides…. Yech.

        April 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

  2. Jim S.


    We appreciate you taking the time to write such a thorough review (complete with pictures)! We’re glad you enjoyed the food and guest draft list. We sincerely apologize for the initial sandwich mix up. As you can imagine, we’ve been steadily ironing out those little wrinkles and plan to continue improving. Oh, and our beer is almost ready for tapping as well.


    April 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

    • Well thanks for taking the time to respond. Pat and I both are big cheer leaders for the Mom & Pop joints. The more successful you become the longer you stay around. Hope to see you guys Friday for some oysters and beer.

      April 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

      • Jim S.

        Sounds like a great plan. We’ll look forward to having you join us!

        April 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

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