This place has the coolest patio in Indianapolis. It is located right on the canal, which is pretty sweet. However when it is July and the humidity and temperature are in a race to hit 90 sitting inside with AC is always the better option. We first reviewed this joint more than 3 years ago. This was their only location at the time and their basic burger; the Haus ; was $9.50. Now they run 4 locations and the basic burger is $11. Progress. Of course choice of cheese and side come with your burger.
I had the basic burger as well with cheddar and for an extra $1.50 I added bacon. I opted for fries since it has been months since I have eaten a french fry. The burger was as great as I remember and the fries were especially delicious. Probably because it had been such a long time since I have had any. What I especially appreciated about this joint is they cook the burgers the way you order them. Medium is medium and mid rare is just that. Quite a few places miss it for what ever reason.
All I can add is I agree with Pat. This is the best burger in Indy. Well at least of all the burgers I have tried. On the down side they no longer have Bitburger beer. They had several Indiana Craft beers and they even offer cocktails. Just not Bitburger. Hopefully we will have some decent weather so that sitting outside will be an option before winter. I would love to sit on that patio with a great burger and a beer.
Long before there was Smoking Goose there was Claus and before that Klemms. The latter two are the same family owned enterprise that has been in Indy for 100 years. Here is a link to their website. http://www.clausgermansausageandmeats.com/.
Claus’, as Klemm’s before has had a big impact on the local population;especially the sizable German immigrants. It has only been in the last few years local restaurants and bars have started taking advantage of the name and price point that Claus offers. When anyone talks of doing some serious grilling they head to Claus’. They also make various luncheon meats. Their braunschweiger ( both soft and coarse with bacon) and liverwurst (fresh or smoked) are my default proteins for a snack. A few slices with crackers,cheese and a beverage is a wonder way to spend an afternoon with friends or by yourself.
Saturday morning I awoke with a craving for said treats and headed to Claus’
That long golden thing is a 1 and 1/2 pound roll of soft Brauschweiger. The loop is a pound of fresh liverwurst. The bunch of sausages are called sizzlers. This is one pound worth,about a dozen. I have no idea why they are called sizzlers. I do know they are a great replacement for jerky.
This is what the soft Braunschweiger looks like on the inside. This delightful mixture is easily spread on toast and practically melts in your mouth.
Now this is what I had in mind when I went to Claus’. The Braunschweiger with slices of CoJack cheese and the Liverwurst with Ritz crackers. I strongly recommend their Bacon crackers. Now this is how I spent part of my afternoon. The only thing I didn’t show was the beverage. In this case it was a pint of Bitburger beer. Oh and yes that is a paper plate.