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Nickel Plate Bar & Grill 8654 E. 116th Street Fishers Indiana


This is their sign facing 116th Street. I don’t even know if there is a functioning door on the front. The parking is on the side. Where there is definitely a door.


This is a relief beside the door off the parking lot. It is sculpted from clay and embedded in the brick exterior wall. Worth the trip just to check it out.

As we often do we started with an order of mushrooms for $7.99.



They give you a bunch. A basket full of hot and crunchy ‘shrums. We consider them as good as that served at the Checkered Flag. Which says a bit.





I was torn between the brisket and a bison burger. The thought of a bloody hunk of meat won me over and I settled on the bison, mid-rare. As you can see it was a large patty; nearly an inch thick and it was cooked perfectly. Sometimes some joints won’t cook ground meat anything less than 160 degrees; which is a bit more than medium. This was as I wanted it. They use a Brioche bun comes from S. Rosen’s from Chicago. It was wonderful. A shiny soft top and a tender and sweet interior. It was a perfect foil to a mid-rare burger. For sides they give a choice of several different options. Except fries. Fries are a 99 cent up charge. I got the potato salad. It is a brand I am familiar with and like. It was a grand lunch for $10.99/ Pat’s fish was $9.99. pricing you would expect for Fishers.


This is another member of the R. Lux family of restaurants. We have been to everyone; except for the Meridian. Maybe we’ll do that for the Holidays. The place is very comfortable and the service is as good as the food. Our server/ bar tender, Brenda did a Masterful job. She also makes a wonderful Margarita; which they had on special today for 4 bucks. So I think this joint is worth the trip. Even all the way to 116th Street.




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8 responses

  1. I love fried shrooms! Pawn Shop, mmm!
    I might would consider eating here, but I know there are roundabouts…

    That is a pretty neat relief! 🙂

    Funny you mention The Meridian. We had a client who worked there and a few weeks ago, I said The Mister and I would check it out for date night, but we still haven’t gone! I’d forgotten all about it.

    November 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    • Well if you take Binford to I 69 and get off at 116th you won’t find any roundy things. Every time I plan on us going to Meridian something comes up. I am so touched that you were able to read my Humble blog while sick. Thanks. Get well.

      November 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      • My pleasure. I’m workin on it. The Mister came home early with honey, so that helps. 🙂

        November 9, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      • Ahh. Your Honey brings you honey.

        November 9, 2016 at 4:15 pm

  2. That’s a might perty bison burger. And the relief is pretty cool, too. Can’t beat a $4 margarita.

    November 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    • Amen. They also offered Dos Equis Amber and Silver for $3.50. I think the salted rim sold me.

      November 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm

  3. I enjoy this place quite a bit. Good tenderloin. I had no idea they were part of the Lux family, though!

    November 18, 2016 at 8:55 am

    • I am not sure but I think the Lux connection is recent.

      November 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

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