Before discovering the charcoal grill, early humans had to cook their dinners using the lukewarm body heat of hibernating sloths. Make a modern-day interspecies truce with today's deal: for $12, you get $30 worth of grilled fare and drinks at Chef Mike's Charcoal Grill on Woodland Drive.
Although Chef Mike's Charcoal Grill has only exuded whiffs of delicious meat steam for a year, owner Mike Atherton's 35 years of culinary experience fill the space with masterful flavors. The smoke-tinged menu offers a mouth amusement park of from-scratch staples, including salads, sandwiches, hand-made grilled pizza, and the popular Chef's Burgers. The house-specialty bourbon-and-chive burger ($8.95) serves up eight ounces of expertly seasoned and grilled cow-meat patty nestled between freshly baked buns, and the nine-inch heart-stopper pizza with ham, beef, sausage, pepperoni, and bacon (served with a salad, $10.95) makes a seasoned vet of the most novice carnivore. For the cook-out connoisseur, Chef Mike's offers grilled dinner delights from land to sea, served with veggies, potato, salad, and house-made sourdough bread. Tempt your taste buds with the tender pecan trout with risotto ($16.95), a succulent half-chicken ($10.95), or the luxurious Delmonico steak ($18.95).
Smaller plates such as grilled wings (six for $6.95) or a crock of Chef Mike's apple-onion soup ($4.95) and a barful of specialty craft beers make the perfect accompaniment to Saturday night's live music or Sunday afternoon's game on the wall-mounted big-screen TV. The family-friendly eatery offers a sampling of homemade desserts ($3 each) to keep the children's sugar lust satiated while adults savor the lingering aromas of char-grilled beer. Grab your son, your father, your grandfather, and your son's father's grandfather paradox and head to Chef Mike's Charcoal Grill for a manly Father's Day of meaty goodness.
Valid for dine-in only.
- The food was excellent. The staff was polite and courteous…We loved it and plan to go back! Quite affordable as well. – OpenTable user who dined on 2/14/10
- The food was out of this world. I had the trout which was great, melted in my mouth… Oh and you will have to try the poppy seed dressing. – Jeremy Osborne-King, Urbanspoon
- This is one of Northwest Indy's hidden gems. Their menu selection is small but what they have is superb. – Tomanddori, Urbanspoon
Chef Mike’s Charcoal Grill
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.
7102 Woodland Dr.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46278Get Directions