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New Bethel Ordinary 8838 Southeastern Ave. Wanamaker Ind.

Some time back Pat and I made a small tour of Wanamaker eating at Extraordinary Pizza and Wheatley’s. We had heard of The Ordinary but never got around to going there. Last week our server at Rebar  made a pitch for us to give it a try. He is a night-time cook there and told us they offered more than pizza.

I am not sure how old the building is but the floor looks ancient. The dining area is a comfortable size and the menu is of a reasonable length featuring all the foods you would expect of a Hoosier tavern.

Pat decided on an individual pizza for $6.50 with 2 bread sticks.

The bread sticks are fashioned from their pizza dough and are first-rate. They come with a generic canned nacho cheese sauce for dipping.

The first thing I noticed on the menu is the prices. They are very reasonable. All of their sandwiches come with waffle fries and one other side. I wanted a burger. Their basic burger is a half pound Angus for $7.95. I decided on the Texas BBQ Burger for $8.95. It comes with bacon, cheddar cheese, an onion ring and of course BBQ sauce.

It was a pretty good burger cooked on a griddle. I did order it mid-rare but it came out more medium. I think I may start ordering my burgers rare. Never the less it was a good bite. The bacon was freshly fried and the bun was nicely toasted. I would order one of their burgers again.

My other side dish was homemade potato salad.

It was a very good potato salad. Small pieces of potato that were almost of a mashed consistency. Not what I am accustomed to but still nice.

I like Wanamaker. In some ways that stretch of Southeastern Ave reminds me of a short stretch of Route 66 that is the main drag for Moriarty New Mexico. A whole bunch of restaurants and bars in a short piece of road. The Ordinary has some pretty good food with excellent prices and it is close to Indianapolis so I think it is worth a visit.

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7 responses

  1. I seriously love breadsticks with the hot nacho cheese from a can. LOVE it, love it. I even wrote a post about it! lol
    I like all the pickles on the burger. Bout every bite would have a pickle. I’d like that. 🙂

    March 16, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    • They are especially good when the temp is 26. I wonder how dill pickle chips became the norm for burgers? Whoever started it should in a special Hall of Fame.

      March 17, 2017 at 6:36 am

      • Yes! A real hero! 🙂

        March 17, 2017 at 11:23 am

  2. I went to the website but couldn’t find an explanation for the name. What is New Bethel? It’s not a town if it’s Wanamaker, right? And why would you call something the Ordinary?

    March 17, 2017 at 9:46 am

    • Wannamaker was originally named New Bethel and was founded in 1834. There is a church just down the road called New Bethel Baptist. Those are the only Bethel references I know of. As far as calling themselves Ordinary. I haven’t a clue. There is a pizza place down the road called Extraordinary. Supposedly the guy that started it had worked at The Ordinary. That makes sense.

      March 17, 2017 at 11:19 am

      • Aha. Well, now I’ve learned that Wanamaker was the postmaster general and that the post office was named after him, and eventually the town became called that. History is upon me today!

        March 17, 2017 at 11:45 am

      • I did not know that. History looks good on you.

        March 17, 2017 at 11:50 am

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