eating indie in indy

The Whistle Stop Inn 375 S. Illinois Street

This is a little place. A place folks like to call a hole in the hole or a dive bar. None of these are meant to disrespect they are merely meant to describe an old school bar. A place that has no pretense of being a hang out for hipsters or a gastropub. It is a joint that has bar food and proud of it. It is a joint where the owner serves your beer and cooks your food. It is a bar from my youth.

They don’t have much of an electronic foot print. I should have made a copy of their menu. Their menu is small and basic. The usual range of sandwiches you might find in a small bar around here and they are all in the $6 to $7 range. The first thing we ordered was an app of clam strips. You don’t see these very often. They come with a nice homemade cocktail sauce and are worth doing again.

I was really torn between meatloaf and Sloppy Joe; both are made by the owner and I am a sucker for either. I finally opted for a meatloaf sandwich on a bun. I could have gotten it on bread; toast even. That is how accommodating the owner is.

The meatloaf was nicely done. A great texture, neither too dense or loose. It also had a great beef flavor. You didn’t taste a bunch of non-meat additives. This ranks with the best I have had.

Pat and I both enjoyed our lunch immensely. I want to go back and try the Sloppy Joe. As for the service it was wonderful. I never got the owner’s name but she is incredible. She remembers what the regulars drink and eat and she is a first class Hostess. Keep this hole in the wall in mind when you go see the Colts or just drop in if you are in the area. I think you will like it.

5 responses

  1. Sounds like a real gem. You reminded me of the song, “Five Dollar Fine For Whining.” Some days you swing and you hit and get a great meal.

    August 30, 2018 at 3:15 pm

  2. I am not familiar with that song, but you are right about the swing and a hit. Yesterday we caught a multi- bagger.

    August 30, 2018 at 3:35 pm

  3. What a classic! I am now wishing I had clam strips. I am too tired to go downtown tonight, but someday I will return.

    August 31, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    • Yep definitely old school. I am starting to appreciate that word classic more. As in “I am not an old fart; I am classic”.

      September 1, 2018 at 8:14 am

      • Oh yes, a classic gentleman you are!

        September 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm

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