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Imbibe 1105 Shelby Street

More than 7 years ago when we started this Blog we ate at Shelby Street Smokehouse in Fountain Square. At that time it was on one end of a building with End of the Line Public House on the other and a self-described lobby bar in the middle. Imbibe. Now that bar has become a restaurant and the Smokehouse only exists in the form of 2 sandwiches that are on the new joint’s menu. The pulled pork and brisket sandwiches. Since I was not really impressed with my first meeting with the brisket I opted for the pulled pork.

As you can see it is a very healthy portion and the sauce is on the side. This is a very good sandwich. It has a definitely smokiness to it. However I believe a lot of that is enhanced artificially with liquid smoke. No matter it is still a good sandwich. The price is $7.99 side included.

Side Choice: Krinkle Kut Fries, Curly Fries, Beer Battered
Onion Rings, House made Waffle Chips, Creamy Cole
Slaw, House made White Cheddar Mac & Cheese As you can see the side options are many. Also for an extra $1.99 you can get a second side, side salad or cup of soup or chile. Sorry but BBQ is not complete with out cole slaw.

My 2 sides, onion rings and slaw were excellent as well. The slaw was creamy and sweet the rings were crisp. I just wonder if they were truly hand battered in-house. Regardless they were very good.

I believe the pizza is a take away from Side Kicks pizza. A short live pizza joint that occupied the End of the Line space when they vacated.

The  basic price of a 9 inch pie is $7.99 and each topping is $1.29. So all the food pricing seems reasonable. Even their beer prices are inline with most joints in the area. Five to six bucks each. I enjoyed my food very much. It is nice to see potentially empty space occupied. Also Ambrosia is working on a casual Italian restaurant in the area where the Smokehouse was. Now that would be something.

5 responses

  1. MMM, I am an idiot for reading you while I wait for my pizza to arrive. UGH! That all looks wonderful, the onion rings especially! I haven’t been to Fountain Square since the 90s, I ain’t kiddin. Used to be there a lot. Course, then it wasn’t… well you know, all hipsterish.

    October 25, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    • I know what you mean. I recall a time when Broad Ripple had normal folks running around. Now you can’t swing a pair of skinny jeans with out hitting one. On the bright side both areas have more eating places now.

      October 26, 2018 at 7:23 am

      • You got that right. It’s always had some good foods 🙂

        October 26, 2018 at 8:43 pm

  2. Are onion rings your top choice, if they are available (and not as an upcharge), rather than FF or tots? I find that the upcharge is always too much, but I do love them.

    October 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    • I agree. I do like rings, especially if I think they are battered in house, However I don’t like paying extra. If you consider the food cost of a burger; for example; plus the cost of bun, cold set and the standard side a 2 buck up charge is silly.

      October 26, 2018 at 4:31 pm

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