Big Woods is a brewery AND distillery and originated in Nashville Indiana. They also have a joint in Bloomington Indiana. I believe last year they decided to make the move north to Speedway. The home of America’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing; the 500. It is a big beautiful building with an amazing interior of varnished wood.
Quaff On is the name of the beer they produce. Also each beer has an individual name. So when you order a Quaff On flight you get 5 five ounce pours of beers that are representative of their brewing skills.
I am not going to begin to describe each beer. I will say they were excellent examples of their craft. All for $13.
As soon as we pulled up I could smell their smoker. I love smoked meats. I find pulled chicken boring. Brisket is still hit and miss around here. A good smoked pork butt is getting easier to find and from the aroma of their smoker I figured this one should be pretty good.
It was excellent. A great smokiness and the pickled veggies were a marvelous counterpoint. Of course I would have enjoyed more and a larger variety but carrot and onion are pretty commonplace in most kitchens. The bun was nice and I appreciated the sauce on the side. Their side options were kettle chips with truffle oil and parm, fries or kicked up slaw. For some reason I chose chips. They were okay but I think the truffle and parm bit looked better on paper. I forgot all about the slaw option. That was silly. Next time. My sandwich was $11.25 and Pat’s 2 topping pizza pie was $10.95.
In the beginning I mentioned that Big Woods was a distillery too. Their brand of liquor is called Hard Truth. They offered Vodka, Rum and Gin at first. Now they have a whisky. It is a clear liquor; like moonshine. So in keeping with the spirit of adventure I ordered a Manhattan cocktail.
It was a wonderful beverage. It was incredibly smooth. Too often when all the components of a cocktail are alcoholic the first taste can be a bit astringent. Not here. That is a testimony to the bartender and the liquor. In my opinion.
Pat and I had a swell time. The food is good. The beer is good. The surroundings are good and the service was outstanding. I think Pat and I will both be back;even though it is a drive for both of us. We think it may be worth it.
Today was a day of adventure. Well, maybe not adventure exactly. The joint we were going to have lunch at changed their hours without updating their web site. That is not nice. So we headed out west on 16th Street and then turned North on High School Road. After a few blocks we came across this place. There is another Mc Gilvery’s on the South side. It has nothing to do with this place at all. It is amazing no one has been sued. This place has been around with this name for more than 20 years,it changed hands about 2 years ago. We were able to have a nice conversation with the new owner. A lovely young lady with a definite sense of the direction she is heading in.
They have a very comprehensive menu,featuring lots of house made items; including mushrooms;which is what we had as an appetizer. I want to forewarn everyone that the pictures are not too good. They have a rather dark bar. The windows have blinds that were all closed. Great for ambiance;not for picture-taking. Instead of sitting at the bar we should have set at a booth,that way I could have tweaked a blind to get more light. Oh well.
The shrums were pretty good. Nice and crisp and reasonably priced at $6.95. Pat decided to watch his carbs and get the “Trainer Platter”. That is a plate with cottage cheese, celery, carrots and choice of burger, chicken breast or grilled tenderloin for about 8 bucks.
I must say this picture is atrocious. That dark thing is the burger.
For my lunch I opted for the special. Shrimp linguine for $7.95. It was pretty straightforward. Linguine in garlic butter with a bunch of little shrimp. It was okay. I understand the use of 70 count shrimp.It allows you to put in a bunch and every piece has a pop when you bite into it. I was just used to working with bigger shrimp. What I actually found boring was the noodle. I would have liked some cheese and more garlic,and maybe a bit of white wine. It wasn’t bad,by any means,I just think it could have been so much more.
I plan on going back because they have a very nice menu and there are several items I would like to try. I was told that they have a website about ready to hit the net. When it does I will include a link in the Zomato page. Oh did I mention they have beer.
I did discover a new beer. A grapefruit Shandy. That is a mix of grapefruit juice and IPA. A lot tastier than it sounds. It would be grand in the summertime. Of course I think one would be my limit.
We went way out of our comfort zone to go to Speedway, Indiana, in May. We have talked about going here several times but usually road construction interfered. But it was really worth it. I have not been to Speedway in years and it is really a lovely community. Dawson’s sits on the corner of Main Street and some tree-lined picturesque street that to me has no name. I don’t recall. The joint was rocking at noon, but we were still able to get seats out of doors. The menu for lunch is rather large. Several appetizers, big salads, a dozen or more sandwiches and wraps and a few lunch entrées.
One of the entrées was a breaded and fried Capensis. To non-fish groupies Capensis, also known as Cape Capensis; or poor man’s Orange Roughy is as delicious as it is hard to find. I have never seen it fried, but there is no reason why it can’t be, obviously. The fish came with french fries and coleslaw for $8.99. Since as we already know, Pat is a fried fresh freak that is what he ordered.I had to try the pot roast. It was a large portion of tender, moist braised beef smothered with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and a mushroom ragout,all sitting on top of two twice baked potato cakes. It also came with steamed broccoli, but since I’m not a big broccoli fan. I traded that for Pat’s coleslaw; and everybody was happy.And that lovely lunch was only $9.99.
At first thought the pot roast dish might seem redundant with sautéed mushrooms and onions and Ragout; which is basically mushrooms and onions in a red wine cream sauce. Redundancy aside. It was a delicious lunch. As an old chef I used to work with told me a long time ago, I would be proud to serve that dish.Pat tried a piece of the pot roast and naturally loved it. I tried a piece of his fish and I can honestly say it was the best fried fish I have had in many years.According to Pat the broccoli was perfect. And according to me the potato cakes were wonderful. They were delightful cakes approximately 3 1/2 inches in diameter consisting of riced potatoes mixed with peppers, one of which had a little heat to it, and then baked, and since they were called twice baked I can assume they were baked originally.Left overs from dinner ? No matter ;left over bakers are the perfect source for baked cakes or home fries and a perfect platform for this meat.
Well I think I have said enough, it would well be worth your effort to go there for lunch or dinner. The food is that good. Just don’t wait too long, the farther May progresses the bigger the crowds will get.Oh as you probably noticed we did it again.we started eating before we took the pictures.Honestly we try not to.