Many people dine at His Place Eatery solely for The Experience—a term that could easily reference the restaurant's warm, down-home ambiance, but actually refers to its signature barbecue bologna sandwich. This Memphis-style sandwich piles coleslaw on top of fried bologna and barbecue sauce in an onion loaf bun. This is just one of several sandwich creations at His Place Eatery, who excels at serving up Southern cuisine with plenty of panache and gravy. Their classic entrees range from fried chicken wings on a belgian waffle to ribs flavored by a 12-spice rub, which have been slow smoked over hickory wood rather than quick smoked in a time machine. Sides such as collard greens, candied yams, and bourbon cream corn complement tangy meals, and desserts conclude them with chocolate-chip cookies baked to order.
Long tables and dark-wooden paneling help create a cozy ambience in Edelweiss Restaurant?s beer-hall-style dining room, which allows German-American Klub members and visitors alike to revel in Bavarian culture and community. The restaurant embraces tradition by grilling bratwurst, knackwurst, and kielbasa over an open flame, hand-cutting servings of pork schnitzel, and marinating the sauerbraten?s beef for three days before slow-roasting it over a volcano. The bartenders serve German-American Klub members beers from the ever-rotating selection, which includes imported German brews by Warsteiner and Spaten, among others. Amid the buzz of spirited conversations, live entertainment, amuses guests.
Each day at noon, a chorus of ?God Bless America? rings through Acapulco Joe's dining room. The tradition started when Joe, the original owner, guessed the Statue of Liberty's weight and became a U.S. citizen, as required by federal law. He brought with him a rich love of Mexican cuisine, and the scents of fried beans, chimichangas, and other Mexican classics have continued to fill the eatery for more than 50 years. Over the decades, Acapulco Joe's kitchen has built a reputation for its huevos rancheros, chili con queso, and a setting that echoes the menu's South American heritage. Vibrant Mexican blankets wrap the cozy dining room, while a desert mural shines bright on the outdoor patio.
Owner and chef Mike Atherton draws upon 35 years of culinary experience and one huge Weber charcoal grill to ignite menus of burgers and pizzas that have found their way into the Indianapolis Star. After nestling flame-kissed meats between homemade buns and slathering them with flourishes—such as bourbon and made-from-scratch hot sauce and poppy seed dressing—chefs pronounce them ready to explore the roomy restaurant's wide-open spaces and wood-paneled bar. Local craft beers mingle with Sunday afternoon's sporting events, which are televised on wall-mounted big-screen TVs and then reenacted by former child stars.
At Teddy's Burger Joint, cooks form beef patties by hand, grill them over open flames, and garnish them with fresh ingredients. It's a simple, three-step process that yields juicy burgers at a reliable tempo. The piping-hot burgers come in various configurations, whether topped with bacon or loaded up with nacho cheese, jalape?os, and chopped tomatoes and then stuffed into a pi?ata. For a fuller meal, the burgers can sidle up to french fries or thick-cut onion rings as well as soda or local beers. Hot dogs, griddled sandwiches, and ample desserts round out the menu.
The culinary masters at Dick’s Bodacious Bar-B-Q spend up to 12 hours smoking succulent meats such as sausage, beef, and turkey over hickory to infuse them with the flavor that gives Texas-style barbecue its inimitable style. They then prepare the meat in front of their diners as if to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt the freshness of the cuts and allow the blend of spices to show off their new dance moves. In addition to succulent barbecue, the laidback eatery serves up St. Louis-style cut pork ribs, crisp salads, and hearty sides such as macaroni 'n' cheese, smokehouse-baked beans, and potato salad.