eating indie in indy

ClusterTruck 729 N. Penn. Indianapolis.


I am sure anyone familiar with the “food scene” in Indy has heard the term ClusterTruck. I think originally it referred to a gathering of food trucks. Two to four trucks would converge on a site and sell their food. It was perfect for a crowd with diverse appetites. It also allowed the individual truck to gain exposure to a different base of eaters.

Now before I go any further I have a few comments about the food scene in Indy. We have a great collection of restaurants in town and the quality and quantity is ever-growing. However the one aspect Indy sucks in is the delivery. Before now all the food delivery was done by a middleman who would pick up the food and then deliver it. That led to slow delivery and cold food. Now this ClusterTruck comes in. I am including a link to a Nuvo article that explains the origin of ClusterTruck better than I.

So for that reason this review is unique. It is also unique in that we had our lunch delivered to our friend, Jimmy’s office. Being a Realtor he has a tough time meeting us for lunch. Luckily his office is a stone throws away.


They have an expansive menu. One you can get access to at this link. You can also check out their delivery area.

This place seems to do a first class job of the delivery. In addition to having “fancy” go boxes they have their boxes and bags personalized.



Jimmy opted for a burger. Now the menu says it is a Bru Burger. What connection; if any it has to Bru Burger I do not know.


I believe he had a Bourbon Burger. That is a cheese burger with bacon and a Bourbon sauce. The sauce seems a bit thin for a burger, to me, but Jimmie though it was the best burger he has eaten.



As for me I wanted something different. They had a whole category of smothered tater tots. I decided on a short rib and kimchi topped order.


It was actually pretty tasty. It had an abundance of meat ,a slight amount of kimchi, but with kimchi the aroma precedes it and sates the appetite. The only complaint I had with the dish is that the kimchi sauce was thin and the dish was a bit on the dry side. Still it had a good flavor and the short ribs were nicely done. However I wouldn’t get it again unless the sauce was given a leg and maybe the amount was increased beyond a 2 ounce solo.

So Indy I think diners should be happy about this new place. You can actually get food from a place that knows how to prepare it and knows how to deliver it. No more reliance on a second-hand delivery agent. Also the prices include a tip. An actual tip not a hidden delivery charge.


ClusterTruck Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

8 responses

  1. “And the award for the most creative tater tots goes to…” Wow, what an odd combination and change from the norm. The bacon on that burger looked just about perfect to me. Neat to-go boxes/bags indeed–looked like burlap at first LOL. Hopefully graffiti artists will not be tempted to mess with the name of this company. I know you didn’t order the pizza, but do you like a little char on it like that one has?

    December 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    • Oh wow. I had not considered the obvious graffiti A** hole. Well the logo on the building is at least 25 feet above the pavement so hopefully they will think twice. Yep they do have great togo stuff. Did you read the link about the place? I think it is very interesting. Char on pizza? Yes I am a huge fan. Char on bread? Yes please. Not sure why I just do. Merry Christmas.

      December 21, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      • I did read it. It’s a neat concept. I’ve never thought about their sales per square foot before but it does make sense about sprawling Cheesecake Factories and their novels of menus. I’m not that picky about food but I guess it’s best to have all sorts of options for people who say, might not like onions– 😉

        December 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      • Right on. The dollars per square foot is relatively new. When joints were smaller the interest was dollars per cover. My first joint was maybe 1000 square feet. I dealt in covers per hour etc. If I turned 100 souls per lunch I was happy. Now things are so much bigger. Part of me misses the challenge. Part of me just wants to be served.

        December 21, 2016 at 6:14 pm

  2. Nice! I think this is fantastic, and again, I’m hungry. I read s’more stuff on it, and yeah, that’s a Bru burger, from Bru, and the soups are from ___ and meat from ___ and that’s fab! 🙂

    December 21, 2016 at 6:54 pm

  3. OK, those tots look amazing! I’m going to get some next week!

    December 23, 2016 at 9:17 am

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