This will be the last post featuring Pat for a couple of weeks as he and his wife are going to visit their eldest daughter. I intend to “carry on”. Perhaps I will visit some joints Pat would never dream of going to. We shall see.
Dale’s is in a small strip mall at South Emerson and Thompson Road. I was in the area on Monday and decided to stop for breakfast. I had a full order of biscuits and gravy for $5.99. The gravy was tasty but the biscuits were more fluff than flake. A nice bite and a large amount of food for 6 bucks just not stellar.
For lunch I opted for one of their specials. Chicken fried steak covered with white gravy served with 2 sides and a roll for $7.99. The steak was reasonably tender but the breading job could have been better. While tasty,it didn’t cover the meat entirely and it fell off while cutting. As for the gravy is was like the breakfast gravy,sans sausage. I chose the brown gravy for my mashed potatoes. I don’t believe it was house made but it was really pretty good. The potatoes were real and home-made,which is always nice. My second side was chicken and dumplings. Not a whole lot of chicken and the dumplings are more what I would call noodles. The flat kind that some folks call dumplings. It was okay as a side and you could get it as an entrée for $6.99. I am sure that will both warm and fill any belly.
I think the picture of Pat’s burger says a lot. A slightly wilted piece of lettuce sent out on a burger is not a good sign. Regardless of the lack of attention to some details the food they serve is pretty good and reasonably priced. I would eat there again.
Going to a bowling alley just to have lunch probably isn’t commonplace. However, as usual, there is a story behind it. Last week a blogger friend and I were chatting,online,about the virtues of old-time drug store cheese burgers. She asked if they were similar to those found in a bowling alley. Well I don’t recall ever eating in a bowling alley so I had no point of reference. I did tell her, half-joking my mission would be to find an alley that sold cheeseburgers. Later in the week a friend called me and suggested that we give Beech Grove Bowl a try. Of course he had never been there,but he had friends who said that they offered a pretty good pizza and calzone. Well I usually trust his opinion on most things culinary so I thought it was worth a try.
We had a nice talk with Scott,the owner. He has worked there over 20 years before buying the joint 5 years ago. He spent a great deal of time and effort sampling different crusts, and sauces before he settled on just the right combo. And in our opinion the effort was worth it.
As for my calzone it was definitely the highlight of the lunch. They make them from a 10 inch dough round that they proof and then bake in an impinging oven with a conveyor. It is offered for $7.99 with up to 3 toppings. The result is delicious. They brush the whole thing with garlic butter and the result is at least as good as Three Wise Men; and cheaper.
As for the rest of the menu it is pretty much what you expect at most pub and grubs. I am including a link to their site.
I also got a cheeseburger. After all that was the reason for my search.
There isn’t a whole lot to say about it. A one-third pound patty cooked to well done,topped with a single slice of American and placed on a rather generic bun. Not bad but overpriced at $5.50. I think a better deal would be a BBQ or a Sloppy Joe sandwich,they are both under $4.
So I think this place might be a place to go for a pizza or definitely a calzone. Even if you don’t bowl they have pin ball and Golden Tee Golf. They also deliver,and as Pat already said,they have beer. It is about a 13 mile trip for me and I really think it would be a place to go back to.
Last week Pat and I decided to try out a new shooting range at Beech Grove Firearms. The range is first-rate. In my opinion the best around. After wards we decided to hit The Grove Sports Bar and Eatery for food and beer. For non-locals Beech Grove is a small non incorporated area southeast of Indy. In that regard it is similar to Wanamaker. However that is where the similarities end. It isn’t that everyone we ran into was unfriendly,the folks at the gun store were quite cordial. Maybe they just felt compelled to be nice to guys that were armed. In either event the bartender was a trifle cool,and the 3 or 4 regulars hanging out were far from cordial. Maybe we have just been spoiled by other joints we’ve been to. Oh well; I doubt if we ever go back. The menu is basic bar food; just a little more basic than most. We both decided on their “lunch special” for $5.50. That would be 2 quarter lb. patties, one slice of bacon and one slice cheddar cheese. Well, it was food. The cold set was fresh and the pickle chips were tasty but that’s about all I can say. All they offer for beer is domestic,at $2.25. Well sometimes you find a real gem in some out-of-the-way joint,other times you find the Grove Sports Bar & Eatery.