eating indie in indy

Vinny's Drive Bar 707 N. Lynhurst Drive

Pat and I have been doing this for nearly 8 years and have reviewed more than 450 eating establishments. Some weeks are easier than others to pick a place. It is my function to find the joints to eat at. Pat has a hand in the process when there is a place he would like to try or when I come up empty. That was the case this week. He had a list from the westside and I thought Vinny’s would work. Of course I read it as Dive Bar and I figured that any joint that admits its diviness should be visited. Of course Pat and I were both wrong.

We started out with an order of Portabello fries. An interesting spin on the ever present breaded mushroom. They were pretty good. Thick and meaty and were served with a spicy ranch dressing. They were a pretty good way to start a meal and cost 6 bucks.

Their menu is typical bar. Basic sandwiches and appetizers. They offer BBQ and pizza as well but they do it with a different spin. The Q comes from BBQ Heaven and the pies come from Rolynos. That is a local joint that started putting out pies in the early 70’s. I find that interesting; especially the pizza. Their special that day was a Spanish burger with fries for $7.50. Now that would be a seasoned and hand formed burger marinated and then cooked in a spicy tomato based sauce with added green peppers, onions and jalapenos.

I thought it was a pretty good burger. Nicely spicy and good flavor but what really made it stand out was the compaction of the patty itself. If all of their pattys are done this way it may be worth a trip back to try one chargrilled. It could be a prefect candidate for a medium rare one.

When we review a place we don’t expect folks to drop everything and run and try it out. What we would like is for those times when people are out and decide they want to eat they may remember a joint nearby that we reviewed and want to give it a try. If you are in the area keep Vinny’s in mind.

8 responses

  1. Although I’m more of a breaded guy….that grilled tenderloin really looks good! I think I’m gonna have to try it.

    March 15, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    • Well if Pat’s grilled tender is any indication their breaded may be good as well. Bon Appetit.

      March 15, 2020 at 8:21 pm

  2. Joe Hacker

    I don’t think I’ve had a Spanish burger since the old Norris Tavern on Washington St closed.

    March 16, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    • I had one at Mike’s Speedway Lounge a few years back. They are at 3701 W. 16th Street and it is still on their menu.

      March 16, 2020 at 2:23 pm

  3. That last burger, the Spanish burger, looks really good! šŸ™‚

    March 20, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    • Yeah it was pretty good. I hate to think that it may be my last ” sit down” meal in public.

      March 21, 2020 at 11:50 am

  4. 450 establishments?? I don’t think I’ve been to that many in my life!

    April 15, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    • Well once a week for 8 years adds up. Some time ago I went through the posts and determined that several joints are closed. I think the number was 34, but I could be mis remembering.

      April 15, 2020 at 4:33 pm

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