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Burger Study 28 West Georgia Street

In Indianapolis there is a legendary steak house. Home grown and operating since 1902 and still going strong. It is known for aged prime beef and an equally legendary shrimp cocktail. One with a sauce so hot it lingers in your mouth and memory for ages. It is called St. Elmo’s and about 10 years ago they opened a more casual affair right around the corner on Georgia Street, called Harry and Izzy’s. They are open for lunch and offer a prime beef Angus burger. Last year St. Elmo’s announced they were opening another joint right next door featuring nothing but burgers. Well Burger Study just opened last week.

All of their beef is ground Prime beef. A couple of their burgers made of St. Elmo’s dry aged beef. But we were happy to try their “regular” burgers. But before hand we ordered a fried avocado appetizer for $8.

Pat or I have never had fried avocado before so we were pretty excited to try them. Unfortunately the results were less than stellar. Some of them tasted burned, as though the fry oil was bad. It was strange not every one tasted bad but it impressed me enough to know I won’t be ordering them again.

They have a “build your own burger” offered on the menu for $9 with cheese for $1 extra. That is what Pat ordered.

I opted for the $13  HOMECOMING. Thick-cut, root beer glazed bacon, smoked Gouda cheese, tomato, lettuce, mayonnaise. It was an outstanding sandwich and a great piece of beef. I don’t find the char off-putting so I enjoyed mine more than Pat. One thing I couldn’t help but notice was that the cheese looked pretty orange for Gouda. Regardless of the cheese it was an excellent sandwich and the only reason I probably wouldn’t order it when I go back is because I would like to try one of the other burgers.

I really have my eye on the   DOCTORATE. St. Elmo Steak House dry-aged beef topped with foie gras, triple-crème whipped brie, arugula, Dijon mustard, and caramelized onions on a sesame seeded brioche bun   30. That would be a burger for the ages. And at 30 bucks it would be a burger for a lifetime. I think I have tried all the burgers offered downtown and these guys put out the best. So a return trip is definitely in my future.

4 responses

  1. Do you remember The King Cole? It had a little bistro on the side — casual — can’t remember what it was, but the food was extraordinary because it was cooked in The King Cole. Same sorta thing goin on here?
    Anyway, we’re not fans of St Elmos. I know it has this legendary rep, but meh. I DO like their shrimp cocktail sauce, whatta BITE! We do not pay to eat there, no.
    I think your burger looks delicious, but I’m with you on the Gouda — I think not. I want a $30 burger with foie gras and brie… Yes, I want that. Unless the brie comes out orange, too.
    I do not want fried avocados.

    October 5, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    • Good call on the avocado. Oh yes I remember the King Cole. It was one of my favorite restaurants back in the 70’s. I don’t recall the casual thing though. I think you are right about the similarities with Elmo’s. I like St. Elmo’s. Like a lot of joints; especially the “legendary” ones often their past out shines their present. I haven’t been there in years but their shrimp cocktail is great and they have wonderful beef. I am going to get that burger. It is just a matter of time.

      October 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

  2. Wow. $30. That would have to be a real “Harry Met Sally” diner moment for that kind of cash. I’ve had stuffed avocados in the past (fried) but they always seemed meh. Perhaps avocados are just made to be mushed down, not fried. But your burger looked great!

    October 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    • You are right about that. Contrary to what State Fair food vendors think not all foods should be fried. Evidently avocado is one of them. But that burger has foie gras. And whipped brie. Stuff that food dreams are made of.

      October 8, 2017 at 12:32 am

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