eating indie in indy

Next Door Eatery 4573 N. College Ave.

This place opened less than 2 years ago by Kimbal Musk the brother of Elon Musk of Tesla fame. It was the curiosity that prompted me to eat here. Musk owns a restaurant group that started in Colorado in 2004. Another brand is Hedge Row. He opened one of those on Mass Ave. prior to the opening of Next Door.

The building used to be a Double Eight grocery. A local chain that closed a few years back. It was started in the 50’s as Seven Eleven. Long before that convenience store chain started. A few years back our local chain changed its name. As a homage to a by gone era Musk incorporated a sign into their interior design.

Several Indianapolis restaurants are currently running a Devour promotion. That is when participating restaurants serve a special meal or discounted normal menu items. Next Door was offering 3 courses for $16.95. That was my original plan but I changed my mind at the last minute. I thought a 3 course lunch was too much and I was drawn to their Pineapple Express burger. That would be a Black Angus burger from local Fisher Farms on a toasted bum with fresh grilled pineapple, bacon, swiss cheese and Siracha honey.

All of their burgers and sandwiches come with chips and a “simple salad”.

I really enjoyed my burger. The bun was nicely toasted and they cooked it medium rare as I requested. That combo of sweet pineapple and smoky bacon was really excellent. The burgers are one third pound. With this particular sandwich any thing bigger would be too much.

Although this joint is not Downtown their prices are. A basic burger is $10.95. They also offer a burger that is half ground beef and half crimini mushrooms for $11.95. My Pineapple Express was $13.95. Expensive but tolerable. My Sun King beer was $6.75 and wasn’t even a pint. Across the street Scarlet Lane opened a tap room so if you feel like a couple of beers that is the place to go. I would like to follow up and try their Next Door 50/50. That is their crimini and beef mix burger. All in all I enjoyed the joint. It is attractive and has a great out door space and they cook a very good burger.

5 responses

  1. You know, I like the food. Both times I’ve been there it’s been incredibly loud, though 😦

    September 2, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    • Really. It was real quiet when I went. But then I did go at 11:30 AM. If I may I would like to suggest the Fat Cat bar at 30th and Lafayette Road for their BT. When we reviewed that joint a few weeks back my buddy Pat ordered one and he really enjoyed it. I ate mine grilled and it was a nice hunk of meat. I thought of you when Pat was praising his tenderloin.

      September 2, 2019 at 6:55 pm

  2. I do not think I would pay $16.95 for a burger, but I’m sure glad you liked it 🙂

    September 2, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    • The burger was $13.95 . Their 3 course Devour special was $16.95. Regardless you are right paying even 10 bucks for a burger is crazy. I believe in an adage some old guy told me. “Money is no object when you are having a good time.” Well that is pretty crazy too.

      September 3, 2019 at 9:06 am

      • I think $10.95 might be par for the course. But you’re right — a good time and a good cause will loosen the purse strings 😀

        September 3, 2019 at 6:44 pm

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