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Bookers BBQ 4709 Shadeland Ave.


This is a little hole in the wall in a strip mall that is supposed to have some good Q.

It is also a neat and tidy little joint.


I especially liked the window treatment. How often do you see curtain sheers and swags in a business?

Or an aquarium;outside of a Dr.’s office.


As cozy as the spot was we were quickly disappointed. They were OUT OF Q. It seems they took the last 3 days off for New Years and were building their inventory. I think Pat was more bummed than I. They serve breakfast all day so he was somewhat placated with a bacon platter.




I had an easy choice. Their House Burger. That is a “big” burger patty filled with peppers and onion; like a meat loaf. Then topped with cheese. I had no idea how big until I got it.


It was a full pound of meat and I liked everything about it. From the crisp exterior to the peppers and onions inside. From the processed cheese to the over sized toasted bun. It was a guilty treat. As much as I enjoyed it I could only eat half.

Bookers has very reasonable pricing; both of our lunches were $7 each. Frankly I don’t see how they can put out a one pound burger stuffed with onions and peppers for 7 bucks.

Will I be back. Of course. I have to try their BBQ.

Bookers Bar-B-Que Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

4 responses

  1. They are remarkably inconsistent. We LOVE to go down there and eat, but honest to goodness, you just never know what you’re gonna get. We’ve been probably 10 times since they opened, and while the bbq is always phenomenal, everything else varies. Nice people though, always nice and friendly.

    January 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    • I agree with the nice part. I did enjoy my burger. As far as the BBQ goes I must wait on that. I really had my mouth set on some BBQ too.

      January 6, 2017 at 5:49 pm

  2. They probably should have put up a sign on the door, handwritten: “Sorry, folks, we’re out of BBQ but…” Just so it’s out there before you walk in.

    January 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    • Well you are right on that. Heck the door was locked when Pat tried to enter. I joked that maybe I should have been the first one to be seen.

      January 6, 2017 at 5:52 pm

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