Pat has been out of town and I’ve been loafing. I have stayed in doors more than usual because the weather has been lousy. Well Pat is back and the weather has slightly improved so we ventured out. Actually this post is from Friday 6/21. Since we moved our lunch to Friday that week we opted for carry out food and a visit to a brewery. I have had my eye on this joint for a while but it is carryout only. We have done a carryout joint before and went to a park to eat. Well a beer hall is better than any park I can think of
Pat was correct when he said that this joint offers tremendous value. His pulled pork sandwich was $6 and came with a side and a drink. The sandwich was huge. I would estimate it was more than 8 ounces of meat. For me I opted for a small tip lunch for $8 which came with side and a drink.
I was really pleased by my tips. I ordered them with the combo sauce which was a mix of sweet and spicy. The tips were meaty and abundant. That little go box was filled with BBQ. I ordered a side of greens but didn’t get a shot of them. The greens were very good, almost too salty but good and the liquor was excellent. I really like this little BBQ joint. The folks running it are very nice and professional. They run a tight little joint with good food and prices.
After we got our food we went to Metazoa on South College Ave. They don’t have a kitchen but they do have a food truck nearly always around. It is Old Gold BBQ and I hear it is pretty good stuff. So we may have to go back for a bite.
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.
Well we have a new brewery in town. I think that brings the number to an even 2 dozen. Some say this influx will glut the market; I say; is it possible to have too much beer?.
Last week after lunch at Black Diamond we stopped there for beer.
The place is a looker. Expansive with high ceilings,exposed brick and interior garage type doors to separate the different dining spaces. They also have a beautiful outdoor seating area,complete with bocce ball court, herb gardens and even bee hives for their brewery.
The menu they are currently using is a pared down version of their opening menu. As I was told the kitchen had trouble keeping up with the huge rush of the hungry and thirsty. So they trimmed the menu down with plans on adding more options as the crew became more proficient.
Their house soup is Tomato soup with bacon and Creme Fraiche. A cup is $3.99 That is how I decided on starting my lunch.
The soup was really good. A nice bright tomato presence with a hint of herbs and slight creaminess. The addition of bacon is always good and the slightly tart creme balanced it out nicely.
As for the entre the only thing I was sure of ,was that I wanted to try their onion rings. For that reason I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich. Normally I don’t order chicken breast out. The boneless,skinless breast can be a pretty boring piece of meat. What sold me on the Coop sandwich was that they added Gouda cheese and apple slices to the chicken and served it on a Brioche bun.The resultant sandwich was really good. The basic sandwich was $10.99 and for onion rings you pay an extra dollar. The rings were excellent. The batter they make is great and the result is crisp and tasty.
Pat’s pizza was about $12, and you might notice that they use a cheese blend for the pies. Personally not a big fan of cheddar on pizza. I do agree with is assessment of Lisa. She was a perky delight.
The whole joint is just what you expect from a Lux restaurant. A well-trained staff and nicely crafted food. Oh and the beer is pretty great too.
Whatever you might say about our choices in places to eat you gotta’ admit we can sure find some interesting pubs.
The 86th Street Pub has been around since 1990. I have never heard of it. They have a “sister” joint on the South side; Pat’s turf; that had gone through some extensive remodeling, including a name change. Pat stopped in there for a beer and that’s where he learned about the place.
It’s a nice sized place and they are far from shy decorating for Christmas. They have raised paneling throughout and they took the time to cover the recessed portions in gift wrapping paper. It makes the whole dining area look as though it is walled with presents.
Since they have hand breaded mushrooms on the menu; and since Pat and I both love good ‘shrums we ordered an appetizer.
These beauties were as tasty as they look. Hand breaded mushrooms, when done right, are wonderful. These were done right. They were as good as the ones at the Checkered Flag Tavern. And they cost $5.50. You can also choose a combo of mushrooms and pickles for the same price.
I had a bit of trouble on what else to order. I couldn’t decide on their cheese steak or the French dip. They do a house roasted beef, which they use for their Pub Cheese Steak. Meat,peppers,onions and mushrooms all topped with Swiss cheese for $8.75. The French Dip was shaved steak with Swiss and au jus for $7.75. Both come with chips or fries. I decided on the cheese steak with chips.
The sandwich was big. Definitely able to handle the hardy appetite. Overall it was pretty tasty. However I think it would have been better had they not been so assertive in re-thermalizing the already cooked meat. Put the beef in the au jus to reheat. Drop on the flat top just long enough to transfer the veggies and cheese. I actually think that would improve an already good sandwich.
So in our estimation the 86th Street Pub is a keeper. Unpretentious. Honest food and honest drink. They offer an exceptional collection of craft beers. I’m sure that is due to the Manager, Brian, being a beer freak. For which I thank him. And in addition to all that they are not afraid to celebrate Christmas.
I have been looking forward to this place opening for quite a while. It opened a few weeks back; during the sweet 16 Tournament, with very little fan fare. It’s situated in the old Chateau Thomas Winery space, and is huge. Prior to the winery the space was a garage of some sort as there are three large garage doors in the main sitting area that open to an expansive outdoor seating area. I took several pictures but pictures alone don’t do the joint justice.
This is The Larder. Tow Yard’s kitchen. They feature a large selection of Smoking Goose meats as well as different cheeses and veggies. So it’s actually a deli as well.
I found their menu to be quite unique. It was an interesting blend of oven roasting, braising and deli items. They even offer fried gator and grilled Long donuts, stuffed with cheese. A foodies paradise.
Pat opted for the whole Prohibition, a roast beef sandwich 86 onion, 86 mayo. Unfortunately when it came out it was a Bourdain, a more traditional deli sandwich with uncured ham, salami, and capiocolla. Our server naturally apologized,re ordered and brought a go box. So Pat scored a free sandwich.
Oh I forgot to mention one minor disappointment. They are about 2 to 3 weeks from having their first batch of beer ready to drink. I say minor because they have a great selection of local and micro beers available. Also I think the food is good enough to draw you in even if they only sold soft drinks. Speaking of which. They found a local place that makes craft soda products. Now that is unique.
I decided to order a half Pig Vicious and a half Ty Webb. I had no idea the “halves ” would be so big.
I scanned the menu and am including it at the end. That way people can see the “stuff” in the sandwiches and the pricing.
This is the Pig Vicious. A damn fine sandwich. Lovely pork, sweet chunks of pickle and a spicy horseradish mustard. I honestly couldn’t tell where the braised pork ended and the uncured ham began. As far as the onion jam goes I couldn’t detect any onion flavor per se but some of the sweetness may not have come from the refrigerator pickles. In time they might find that some of the ingredients are not essential to the taste. But regardless the Pig Vicious is a great tasting sandwich. And the stainless “pots” they but the sandwiches in are a statement in themselves.
My other choice, the Ty Webb was the most compelling. Merquez is a Moroccan sausage made of lamb or beef and seasoned with red peppers and spices indigenous to North African cooking. In this case it is made into “meat balls” and put in the largest pita bread I’ve seen. The slight heat from the sausage was nicely tamed by the yogurt dill sauce. The paneer was most unusual in that it was in cubes and seared on one side. Which, to me brought another dimension to the cheese. And bonus; the halves were so big I got a bunch of food to take home. Three sandwiches, three home runs. To all concerned great job.
Great food; great beverage and great service. Thanks to our server Jason. The only downer to this joint is the parking. There isn’t any. The nearest lot charges $10. But just north is street parking. So I don’t think this is a business killer. In general parking downtown leaves a lot to be desired. And as Pat pointed out the Tow Yard is a destination within a destination. I mean the joint is an Andrew Luck throw from Lucas Stadium. And the tailgate lot is a short block away. Also the NCAA basketball tourney has plans on using Indy in the future and those are all held at the stadium as well.