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.
This place has been opened for a while and has gotten some pretty good reviews. Of course some folks complain about the prices. The burgers they offer are all $6.50, and they are all natural. Whatever that means. Sadly that is about normal for downtown,even for 6 oz.
In addition to some specialty burgers you can pick just what you want from a pretty good list of options.
Pat usually is the more oblique part of the team but this time he was darn near Gabby. He isn’t a big fan of grass-fed beef because he ran into a couple of tough steaks one time,so he views all grass-fed cows with suspicion.
I settled for a cow burger,on a pretzel bun with swiss cheese house made sweet pickles and a side of waffle fries.
I agree with Pat the burger was really good, When we ordered we were asked if we wanted our burger well done or a bit of pink. We both wanted pink and pink is what we got.
The burgers are cooked on a flat top so you get a nice crispness. Marry it with a bit of pink and you get a good little burger. They also do a nice job as pickle makers. A slightly sweet pickle is a great change of pace from the standard dill.
They have a web site that shows the menu, but I don’t think it shows pricing. The burgers are $6.50, cheese $.65 and waffle fries are $2.25 while fries of the sweet potato variety cost $2.75. Oh and they also sell beer and wine. I actually can see myself eating on their little patio this summer. Burgers and beer and conveniently located. Sounds good.