eating indie in indy

Bacon, Legs & Turntables 1 N. Meridian Street

Now isn’t that an unusual name? I think it may suit because I think this is the most unusual joint to open in Indy in a long time. They offer an eclectic and provocative menu; featuring,of course bacon and all things legs. They also offer at night-time a D.J. Hence the turntables. They have juggled both their schedule and the menus a couple of times. I am not positive of their current hours. I know they have been shortened.

I went there right after they had their “soft” opening and ordered off of their opening menu. I had a couple of beers and a BBQ pork bruschetta. The dish was pretty good. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t make the final cut. I have wanted to check them out once they had their last, for real menu up and running. I just never did until today.

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Now this is what we used to call a swank joint. Seriously they have done an outstanding job in the decor. Attractive and fashionable seating in a spacious and colorful space. Of course this was the site of the King Cole Restaurant, back many years ago. A place I have special feelings for, after 40 years.

Now I have got into the habit of checking out Bloody Mary’s when I think of it at various locations. This started with the Tick Tock Lounge, a few weeks ago. So now I am still in the hunt for “Which Mary shall reign Supreme”. This is the BL&T OMG Bloody Mary.

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Now this Bad Boy comes with  LONG skewer with a chicken drummie, a piece of bacon, a hard-boiled egg, a grape tomato and a pickled chile pepper. And of course the obligatory piece of celery. All of this to present a pint of Pinnacle Vodka and house-made Bloody Mary sauce. Twelve bucks. I say money well spent. A very nice cocktail and a snack. Appetizer and cocktail in a glass.

One last thing about the Mary. The wing was pretty good. I am not much on ordering wings out , but this little drummie was breaded and fried very well. Pretty tasty.

When it came time to order my lunch I decided on their OLD MCDONALD BBQ BACON CHEESEBURGER 
Lamb/Duck/Jowl Bacon/White Cheddar/Chipotle Bbq Sauce/Crispy Onions/LTP
$14

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Now isn’t that something? The first thing I did was cut my burger in half. I almost always do that just to make it easier for me to eat. The first thing I noticed was the aroma. A wonderful scent of toasted bread, smoky bacon and succulent beef. Now there are several burger joints in town that offer a wonderful piece of meat but this one particular burger with this one particular set of ingredients is quite possibly one of the best burgers I have had.

You have a large burger, big enough to cover the bun. That increases the surface area for the cooking and the carmelization of the meat. You have a very good bun, fresh lettuce and a wonderful assortment of bacon. Bacon. A treat direct from Heaven. Imagine all that with a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce and you have all the necessary ingredients for a spectacular burger.

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The only thing I can say negative is the menu called white cheddar and crispy onions. I got a white and yellow shredded cheese mix and some garden variety sliced onion. I am not a fan of shredded cheese on a sandwich. It might work if the kitchen has a salamander or a broiler. If you don’t save the shredded for a quesadilla. I expected a crispy pile of onions from your menu description. I’m not a bit upset at what I got. As a matter of fact I would suggest you 86 the onion and the cheese. That burger was that good.

Also I must comment on the house-made ketchup. It was really good. The fries are like a bunch of joints but your ketchup sets them apart.

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I know this last picture is possibly not best to present, since it shows a half eaten burger. But I must say it does show the result of a happy diner.

 

 

 

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7 responses

  1. A thing of beauty! A piece of art. Lamb, duck, and pig–like eating McDonald’s farm–and the cow’s cheese. I agree; save shredded for quesadillas (which I did, two days ago). A hamburger shouldn’t make you go hunting for pieces of shredded cheese; it should have a nice blanket. But it sounds like you got just what you wanted. Did you eat it all in one sitting?

    May 2, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    • Oh heck yes. This was a most incredible burger. I like your remark about cheese as a blanket. Very apt. Very on point.

      May 2, 2015 at 7:01 pm

  2. I’ve never even thought about having a chicken wing presented to me inside of an alcoholic beverage of any sort, Benson. Now that’s an interesting mash-up. You’re right about 12 bucks being a fair price for nice Appy and great Bloody both! That burger looks like a beef champion, but I vote with you on shredded cheese needing a full melt to be acceptable in this form. Your photo shows: Not! One last thought on this cool-looking place that took over a space that hold fond memories of a King past for you: With a name like Legs, I hope there is lots of dancing when the Turntable takes over! I really enjoyed this post, Benson.

    May 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

    • Thanks,I’m glad you enjoyed it. What is funny about the DJ part is that they don’t have a dance floor. Curious. I was told the owners didn’t want a dance club but did want a younger crowd at night. So I guess a DJ appeals to the young folks more than music on a tape. A shoulder shrug is all I got.

      May 3, 2015 at 9:31 am

      • It’s still a cool name that should bring in customers. Thanks for filling me in, Benson.

        May 3, 2015 at 9:40 am

  3. I want your job, Benson. I want to be you for a week so I can drink my meals, and find scrumptious, heavenly hole in the wall places that smack with surprise or newly opened joints that focus on the food and have you walking out thinking now would be a good time to die because it likely won’t taste better than this.
    I know not all of your reviews are ravers, but I can’t tell you how much I’m badly in need of a bacon burger right this minute. The description, the pictures, the comments–all make me want to toss the title of writer and switch to eater in residence. Maybe my next lifetime. For now, I shall continue to live vicariously through your palate.
    Pass the homemade ketchup please.

    May 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    • I have always been striving for a perfect bite. In my cooking and in my restaurant visits. Well this burger is just that. A perfect bite. From the crunchy, salty bacon to the sweet beef and everything in between it was wonderful. Yep I have an awesome job. There a a bunch of perfect bites out there and my job is to find as many as I can.

      May 3, 2015 at 2:46 pm

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