Spending some time on my on this week I decided to start checking out all of my “wish list” items on Urban Spoon. The Sinking Ship jumped out at me that Sunday morning and I decided to head down to Broad Ripple for lunch to check it out.
With a tagline claiming they’re “Putting the fun in functional alcoholic since 2011” how can you go wrong? To be honest, I’ve driven by this place for a while now & just never noticed it. My first exposure to The Sinking Ship was an online petition to the Marion County Alcoholic Beverage Board:
The Sinking Ship needs your help! The liquor license of the bar is up for renewal and a local group (Meridian Kessler Neighbors Helping Neighbors) is trying to protest their license renewal. If the license goes, the business goes too. The Sinking Ship has had NO violations and is a great asset to the community!
Being well over 21 I immediately noticed several signs in the entrance advising patrons to stay out unless they have a valid ID. When I ordered a beer (served in a mason jar) I was carded (been a long time since that’s happened). In fact, they were carding everyone. I guess it’s a good way to keep out of trouble if you make it a policy to card everyone.
There’s a lot of unique artwork on the walls and I’m going to spend more time checking them out on my next visit. This is a smoking establishment so if that’s going to bother you be forewarned.
I was waited on by Chris who had a pair of the biggest ear gauges I’ve ever seen. He was a really attentive and towards the end of my lunch he put on some really good tunes that kept me there for another beer. Overall the service here was really good and very friendly.
The Sinking Ship looks like a neat local bar to hang out at. There were several people sitting around with their laptops chatting it up with the bartender and surfing the web (free WI-Fi is available).
The menu has some interesting items, such as Cajun Corn Fritters and Cajun Green Beans. I chose the “Build Your Own Damn Burger” ($7.50) and selected mushrooms and swiss cheese. The sandwich came with the normal setup of onion, tomato pickle and lettuce (bib lettuce!). I choose Mac N’ Cheese for my side (at Chris’ suggestion) and it was awesome. I could have made a meal out of the Mac N’ Cheese alone.
The burger was cooked well but could have used a little more seasoning. The freshness of the produce was nice, especially the tomato and bib lettuce. I was definitely pleased with the prices too. 2 beers and the food totaled $15, not bad for lunch in Broad Ripple!
If you’re looking for a nice place to hang out and you’re in the SoBro area, be sure to check out The Sinking Ship and enjoy the artwork! I’m really digging the “Sid Vicious Clown” in the images below.
Located in the heart of Fishers along 116th St The Chatham Tap opened in 2010. There’s another location on Mass Ave in downtown Indy. During its first year my wife and I visited and, although we enjoyed the brew, we did not care much for the grub. It was very bland, under seasoned and just not that good.
The Friday night before the Indianapolis Super Bowl I was “baching it” and decided to give this place another try. I’d been craving a burger all afternoon and after checking out the online menu I already had an idea what I was going to get.
The Chatham Tap is a lively place, (and pretty loud tonight) it’s decorated in a soccer theme with plenty of TVs covering all the major sports channels. I was sitting at the end of the bar & kept watching the staff high-five each other over and over. Must be required or they really like each other.
I settled in and ordered a pint of Guinness while I double checked the menu. There it was… The Smoking Black and Bleu burger. A Cajun Seasoned 1/2 lb hand pattied burger, brushed with chipotle Tabasco, topped with melted bleu cheese and two strips of rasher bacon. Red onions, pickles, lettuce, and tomatoes round out the setup. It’s all served on a perfectly toasted brioche style bun. This was the kind of burger I’d been thinking about all day.
Homemade chips and the normal list of sides are available but when I saw the “hand breaded onion rings” I had to give them a shot. Onion rings are usually very hit or miss so this was a gamble.
The bartender tonight (Rudy) was very attentive but not overly chatty, just the way I like my barkeep. It took about 10 minutes before the food arrived and it looked even better than I imagined. The burger was covered in melted bleu cheese and all the produce looked fresh with the exception of the tomatoes which I would expect this time of year. The onion rings were nice and thick and had obviously been freshly made (eat enough onion rings and you can tell these things).
I kicked the tomatoes off to the side and ate the pickles on their own (sandwich slice type, nice and cold). Once stacked with toppings this burger was pretty big. A big extra point for the Rudy. He brought catchup and mustard to the bar along with the silverware. I like my onion rings with mustard and I always hate to have to ask for it.
I’m just going to get this out of the way now… This burger was fantastic. It was cooked exactly how I ordered it (medium) and it was smothered with melted bleu cheese (one of the best cheeses in my opinion). The onion rings were just as amazing. The coating had just the right thickness and the onions were nice and sweet. They reminded me of giant Big Boy onion rings except bigger and, I’ll have to admit, better. Add a little dab of mustard and I was in onion ring heaven.
Score another point for the Rudy as he was right there when it came time for another beer. He used that time to ask about the food and he was on his way. I was pretty impressed with how he was managing his side of the bar tonight. He’s definitely good at his job and others noticed it as well.
The Chatham Tap has definitely redeemed itself and I usually don’t give places a 2nd chance. It took me a couple of years to try it again but I’m glad I did. Good atmosphere, attentive staff and great food make this place a winner. I’m adding this place to my limited rotation of Fishers restaurants.
If you’ve been there or go there after reading this let me know what you think!
When I was told the oil change on the Honda was going to take upwards of 2 hours I decided it was time to go find a place to sit down, eat some lunch, and get some work done. Luckily the dealership is right across the street from Scotty’s Brewhouse on 96th St. in Indianapolis.
I’ve been to Scotty’s several times and have always had a good experience. The food is consistent and the service is always very attentive. I especially like the terry cloth “napkins” which you need for a lot of the dishes they server here.
On this visit I went with “The Shewman” a $10.50 burger with a side (I chose Mac-n-Cheese). according to the menu The Shewman was once voted by Indianapolis Monthly as one of Indy’s top 25 burgers.
To make this award-winning burger you need these ingredients:
- Peanut Butter (smooth)
- Jalapenos (pickled)
- Cheddar Cheese
- 1/2 lb beef patty
- Toasted bun
- Lettuce, red onion, tomato, pickles
To the unadventurous this might sound like a big mess on a bun and it is, in a good way. I was warned by my server that the Shewman is spicy. I like spicy so I was expecting a little more heat than I got from the pickled jalapenos. If the peppers would have been freshly sliced the heat could have been awesome.
I ordered mine med-well (unless I’ve ground the beef myself this is my preferred doneness). I’ll go more pink if I know all precautions have been taken to make it safe.
Believe it or not the peanut butter is not that prominent on this burger. It’s there in the background and it adds an interesting texture to the sandwich. The burger was grilled to the proper temperature and all of the other ingredients were fresh and plentiful. It was juicy enough with all of the toppings to require judicial use of the towel/napkin.
The Mac-n-Cheese was good but nothing spectacular. The addition of some Cajun seasoning to the top did help a little. FYI, the BEST Mac-n-Cheese I’ve had in a LONG time is at Famous Dave’s BBQ (it has corn and jalapeno bits in it).
All in all the Shewman is a solid burger and not as weird as you would think. It’s going to be hard not to order it again when I return in 4-5,000 miles.