I’ve had a craving for that Kentucky staple called a Hot Brown for the past week and the closest place to get one in Indianapolis is at North End BBQ in Nora.
The Kentucky Hot Brown is made up pf the following:
- Mornay Sauce
The order of the ingredients often changes but when assembled you get something that looks like this:
This dish checks all the boxes for me. It’s rich and salty and the turkey is moist and smoked just right. The thick cut bacon has some chew and the Mornay sauce is something you want more of, even through the dish is covered in it. This is one of those meals thats best ate on a cold or rainy day and kind of defines comfort food for me.
For my side I choose Mac and Cheese topped with Bacon Jam. I was pretty underwhelmed with this side. It was very bland and somewhat dry. The Bacon Jam was a nice addition but it could not save it. I’m usually disappointed with the Mac and Cheese I get when I’m out and I’m not sure why I even ordered it this time! It’s not like I needed any more starch or carbs with this meal. The bottle of Lone Star beer I ordered went really well with this dish.
My son also ordered the Hot Brown and opted for the hand cut fries covered in smoked bone marrow butter. They fry thin slices of jalapeños with the fries for a nice little bit of heat. These were delicious and will be my side of choice when we return to satisfy our next Hot Brown craving.
North End BBQ serves up some really good food. Their pulled pork and brisket are some of the best in the area and their Moonshine cocktails are delicious. If you’re a Bourbon fan North End BBQ has an amazing selection and even offers flights if you want to sample multiple spirits.
If you’re in the area and in the mood for some great BBQ you should check out The North End BBQ!
1250 East 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240
While visiting Carmel Saturday afternoon I realized it was lunch time and I was hungry. This occurred almost exactly as I was passing Zacky’s. Since I’ve wanted to check this place out, and a Chicago style hot dog sounded good, I turned in.
Seating is minimal at Zacky’s and the place was full. They had a lot of people behind the county all performing their assigned and being directed by , I assume, the owner. I ordered my Chicago Dog with everything and made the order to go (I had a good place to sit in the car).
I dug in and almost forgot to take a picture, so there’s a bite missing. This is the real deal folks. From the poppy seeded (and steamed) bun to the neon green relish and sport peppers. I quickly realized I should have ordered two as this one was going to be gone pretty quickly.
If you’re in the area and are craving a good Chicago Dog, check this place out. I think you’ll be happy you did!