I visited this place solo about 2 months ago. Pat was out-of-town and he didn’t seem too excited about their menu. He considered it too nouveau or something. I just think it had more embellishments than he would have prefered. That is just the way restaurants conduct their business anymore. It takes a lot of bells and whistles to make someone pay 9 or 10 dollars for a sausage sandwich.
Their smokehouse is finished so I was looking forward to some smoked meats. They have a few items and they also have the occasional special. The first thing I noticed was “burnt ends” for $8. I think burnt ends are some of the best part of the brisket. It comes from the second cut of the brisket which is also the fatty part. If done correctly, and that includes a proper trim they are delicious. Moist and tender with just enough fat to be flavorful. They are also not too common around here.
They serve theirs with a side of pickles and Crystal hot sauce and they were excellent. It was a nice size portion that I couldn’t finish.
The other thing that jumped out at me was fried smelt. I have a thing for smelts and they are even harder to come by than burnt ends.
Another nice amount well worth the 10 buck price tag. The offered a garlic mayo which was all right but I would have preferred a cocktail sauce or a plain old tartar sauce. Another plate I enjoyed but couldn’t finish. My eyes were bigger than my stomach but I did take home dinner.
Their beer garden isn’t quite finished but I expect it will be hopping once warm weather arrives once more. Imagine a nice Spring day munching on a plate of dry rubbed smoked wings and drinking a Big Lug beer under a warm Hoosier sun. Sounds good doesn’t it.
Well the Dawghouse is the just the latest in the ever-growing chain of restaurants and brewhouses started by Scott Wise. The original opened in Muncie Indiana in 1996. Since then he has developed the 3 Wise Men breweries and expanded his original concept to 18 locations. He recently added one in Florida and is soon to move into Ohio. I have been to the first Wise Men brewery in Broad Ripple several times and the Brewhouse downtown a couple of times. Interestingly enough the joint is built into the Majestic building; where my gym is located. Purely co-incidental.
This place is in a golden place. It is across the street from the Holcomb Gardens and within a basketball throw of Hinkle Fieldhouse. When you sit on their patio you have a spectacular view of woods. Wrap all of that ambiance into a college campus add beer and good eats and you have all the earmarks of a grand time.
I decided to change-up my normal eating habits. I started off with a cup of chili.
It was pretty good. A bit of spice and heavy meat. The tomatoes were diced and hadn’t had a chance to cook down so there was a definite sweetness and texture. It also had a strong cumin presence. Pretty typical of this area. I also ordered 2 items from their Snacksty menu. These are “little bites”. Sliders, tacos, tots etc. They offer them for $2.99. A couple of nights a week and all day Thursday they sell them for 2 bucks.
I opted for a BBQ slider and a burnt end taco.
The slider was pretty tasty. A nice amount of meat with a decent sauce and topped with a good slaw. The bun was very good. It had a brioche quality which gave it a pretty good firmness. It was worth 3 bucks. My second choice was the taco.
This was very interesting. The ends weren’t what I consider burnt but they were pretty tasty. I wasn’t a big fan of the BBQ sauce, but that was my fault. The sweet from the taco and the slider added up. In the future I would 86 the sauce and opt for a bottle of hot sauce. I also wasn’t a fan of the slightly crisp flour tort. I prefer corn torts for my tacos.
Wings were my last choice. They had them as a special for $.75 each. I bought 4 with a pineapple jerk sauce. It was pretty good but I should have considered the sweetness factor in my ordering. So Scotty’s did its job well. The wings were really meaty. I think next time I would roll with a hot sauce. They charge 50 cents each for the celery and blue cheese. Which is not too common,but for .75 each,I get it.
Well, Pat really enjoyed the Dawghouse and so did I. Their menu is large, the service is prompt and pleasant and the space is amazing. Oh and did I mention it is just down the way from the Fieldhouse?