eating indie in indy

Baby’s Diner 2147 N. Talbot Street.

In 2016 after a 15 year run the Talbot Street Night Club closed. Well now the site is home to Baby’s. A colorful little joint that is a lot of fun. Since the old Talbot had regular drag shows the owners of Baby’s wanted to celebrate its past by using color and sparkle. When I first read that in a local column I did not know what to expect. It could have easily come across as more parody than homage. But they did it right.

They also have a very nice outdoor seating area with infra heaters in the ceiling. A reminder that Summer may be over but we will still have several days left before sub zero temps.

That rustic brick building is Shoo Fly Public House.

One thing I don’t understand is why they call themselves a Diner. They have a small menu featuring smashed burgers and broasted chicken with a few side dishes. They also have a selection of Milk Shakes, some spiked with alcohol. I would like to show the menu but I seem to have mislaid the link. It is out there somewhere because I saw it. I found it. http://babysindy.com/

Pretty straight forward presentation. Chicken in a basket.

They offer their chicken as a whole bird for $24, half chicken for $12 and 2 piece white or dark for $7. I was more in a beef mood so I ordered their House Strut burger. That would be a double smashed burger with bacon, gouda and mango chutney as well as a special sauce priced at $12.

I enjoyed my burger very much, it had a lot going on. The creamy cheese and smoky bacon brought one taste to the party the spicy sweetness of the chutney another and the whole thing was unified by the hamburger lace of the smash burger. Very good burger. But it may have gone one sauce too far. The special sauce got kind of lost in all the tastes.

It is really good to see the Old North Side being rejuvenated. It is pretty close to me so I will be coming back. I want to try some chicken and a spiked milk shake.

5 responses

  1. The burger looks fantastic. I’ve never heard of a spiked milkshake!

    September 29, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    • Yeah that must be the new hip beverage. One other joint in town has them. I have not tried one yet. I try to keep my vices separated.

      September 30, 2019 at 6:06 am

      • Ha!

        September 30, 2019 at 10:44 am

  2. Talbot Street is where my father hung out when I was a kid. One of my favorite daytime babysitters was a drag queen, Larry. Too bad they didn’t get to see the revamp all these years later.
    It looks like a great place. I love the heaters outside, making the days longer 🙂

    October 7, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    • It is a nice little joint. I have to go back before winter.

      October 8, 2019 at 9:22 am

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