In Indianapolis there is a legendary steak house. Home grown and operating since 1902 and still going strong. It is known for aged prime beef and an equally legendary shrimp cocktail. One with a sauce so hot it lingers in your mouth and memory for ages. It is called St. Elmo’s and about 10 years ago they opened a more casual affair right around the corner on Georgia Street, called Harry and Izzy’s. They are open for lunch and offer a prime beef Angus burger. Last year St. Elmo’s announced they were opening another joint right next door featuring nothing but burgers. Well Burger Study just opened last week.
All of their beef is ground Prime beef. A couple of their burgers made of St. Elmo’s dry aged beef. But we were happy to try their “regular” burgers. But before hand we ordered a fried avocado appetizer for $8.
Pat or I have never had fried avocado before so we were pretty excited to try them. Unfortunately the results were less than stellar. Some of them tasted burned, as though the fry oil was bad. It was strange not every one tasted bad but it impressed me enough to know I won’t be ordering them again.
They have a “build your own burger” offered on the menu for $9 with cheese for $1 extra. That is what Pat ordered.
I opted for the $13Thick-cut, root beer glazed bacon, smoked Gouda cheese, tomato, lettuce, mayonnaise. It was an outstanding sandwich and a great piece of beef. I don’t find the char off-putting so I enjoyed mine more than Pat. One thing I couldn’t help but notice was that the cheese looked pretty orange for Gouda. Regardless of the cheese it was an excellent sandwich and the only reason I probably wouldn’t order it when I go back is because I would like to try one of the other burgers.
I really have my eye on theSt. Elmo Steak House dry-aged beef topped with foie gras, triple-crème whipped brie, arugula, Dijon mustard, and caramelized onions on a sesame seeded brioche bun 30. That would be a burger for the ages. And at 30 bucks it would be a burger for a lifetime. I think I have tried all the burgers offered downtown and these guys put out the best. So a return trip is definitely in my future.
This going to be different from our other posts. Usually this blog considers the food first. The places we review lead with their food. All bars or taverns have alcohol, so they need something to set them apart from the rest. The staff and the atmosphere can do it, but staff leaves and ambiance is ever-changing, so a solid hook with the menu is sure to help. Now this is why this post is unique for us. It is all about the joint.
I have been here before to have a glass or buy a bottle. They have a whole wall of wine with every bottle selling for $15 or less. Their glasses go for $6 and flights of wine and port sell for $7. They even offer cocktails. And to set them apart from others they have a menu of sandwiches, salads and meat and cheese platters. What I find compelling about this place is the location. It is right in the middle of Mimi Meatballs ( a joint already reviewed) and Best Chocolates in Town. an artisan candy shop. Now what more could you possibly want?
I am not saying that their food is amazing. I am saying that it is a comfortable place to sip wine and just relax. I ate there today for the first time. Their meat and cheese are not locally sourced but they are more than just good. I ordered a St Andres Triple Cream Brie and some Genoa Salami.
I really enjoy Brie. This triple was really pretty good. I would have preferred it riper and more runny but, still a nice nosh. The Salami was decent. It gave a pretty good bite to balance the creamy cheese. surprisingly the crackers were pretty good as well. A nice crack and they held up to the cheese. They were Nabisco. What can I say. When I ordered my food I told the kid ( sorry, no disrespect but he was 21;and a half) to pick the wine. Be it red or be it white would be fine with me. Then I went next door to get some chocolate.
I know the picture is not too good. I am still trying to learn about this camera.
My server, who has a slight inclination towards red thought I needed a Spanish red. Well I think it worked out pretty well.
Since I have an affinity for bubbles I had to have a couple of glasses of Proseco as desert with the chocolate, after all it was raining. And I had to wait it out since,as per usual I took a bus. I always do when I go downtown; and especially when I plan on having a few glasses of wine.
So I enjoy this little place on Mass Ave. I think you will too.
I had the most singular luncheon experience today. Courses is a student staffed restaurant connected to the Culinary Program of Ivy Tech. From the preparation to the presentation, everything is done by the students. The building that the Culinary Program calls home was originally Stouffer’s Inn. Built in 1966 it was operating as a hotel until 1980.
When Ivy Tech acquired it in 2010 the thing was redone to meet the needs of a growing College. I believe the Restaurant proper and its production kitchen are in what once was Stouffer’s Lounge and dining room. Some of that ambiance remains.
They offer a Prix Fixe Menu which changes periodically. They also offer, beer and wine.
Yes the price is $12. That is not a mis-print. Three miles North; Broad Ripple, or South: Downtown and a burger would cost you 10 bucks.
Naturally I opted for the sausage and cheese plate. Their cheese offering was a medium hard Gruyer cheese and a semi soft brie. For the meats they provided a prosciutto, a type of dried sausage and a salumi. I thought the combination was well thought out and executed. By giving both spicy and sweet meats with differing textures of cheese your taste buds had a delightful workout. They also kept the pickled accents small. Enough to break up the richness of the meat and cheese but not enough to skew your mouth.
For my entre, or featured part of my lunch I decided on the duck sandwich.
I must say I was very pleased. The duck confit was excellent. Moist and unctuous,with a great flavor. The portion was massive as well and the addition of a slice of duck bacon was a most welcome Lagniappe. All in all it was one of the top 5 sandwiches I have had in the last couple of years. The bread, which they make as well, was a perfect partner to the duck. Speaking of bread. As soon as you are seated you are brought a basket of bread and a plate of butter. This particular service they offered a sourdough. To me the best possible bread with butter and sausage.
Now what could possibly be the perfect ending to such a rich and luscious lunch? How about Chocolate pots de creme.
Now when was the last time you saw something this decadent? The chocolate wasn’t completely smooth. Every now and then you would get a tiny chunk of chocolate. Chocolate so dense and thick your spoon stands up in it. Delicious.
The restaurant is only open for lunch on Wednesday and Thursday with seating from 11:00 to 12:15 PM. And reservations are recommended. We first heard about it late last year but couldn’t get in. Unfortunately Pat had to go out-of-town this week so I had to go solo. They also serve dinner. So now I have to start going out in the evening. This is a hidden gem. Excellent food and a warm and wonderful staff. Very impressive joint. It is definitely worth the wait for a reservation.
This joint is on the Canal walk. Which means it is tough to find the first time. There is a parking garage above the it and they do validate the parking. So it is free to park. Just don’t be confused by the credit card only sign. You can get a ticket and then go ahead to the parking area. Don’t. I repeat don’t back up and go park someplace else.
As for the place itself it is really nice. Oak wood throughout. A charming and cozy little place. With a killer out-door space right on the Canal.
They have a little bar in the front. We chose to sit in the dining room. We thought it would lessen the temptation for beer drinking. As the name suggests they offer burgers. They have a proprietary blend of local source meat portioned out into 1/2 pound patties. I had a few questions about the source of the beef, and the buns. Also what was in the slaw etc. Unfortunately our server,Suzy had only been there 2 weeks so she did not know.
Now Suzy did a bang up job in service, I just would like to see more knowledge of servers about the stuff they are trying to sell. So maybe the bosses should stress that a bit more.
Well as for the burgers. They really and truly rock.
Their Haus burger is served on a Brioche bun with butter lettuce , tomato and red onion. Also with a choice of “typical” cheese and fries or coleslaw. All this for $9.50. In some areas that is pricey. Downtown it is, unfortunately typical.
I ordered my burger mid rare. And that was exactly how it came out.
It was a delicious piece of meat and bun. Simple food is so wonderful. This was one. I must say this. They offer more exotic cheeses as an option for a $1.50 upcharge. I opted for Brie. Now that was a mistake.
The Brie was okay. The portion was not. I think that this burger is best served sans cheese. If you feel as though you need a bit of dairy just go for the more typical options.
They have other stuff on the menu. Salads and such. But if they have Burger in its name. What does that tell you. They also have a Burger of the month, and you can sub a portabella cap for any burger for no additional charge. So this is a serious Burger joint. Enjoy.