The Indy Burger Guy visited English Ivy’s on Saturday, July 7, 2018.
When I’m not blogging or working on my film podcast, I enjoy acting in local community theater productions around Indianapolis. Recently (and actually through next weekend), I’ve been a part of a production of the play Run for Your Wife at Epilogue Players in downtown Indianapolis. After one of our opening weekend performances, my wife and some of our work friends decided to travel down the road from the theater for a bite to eat at English Ivy’s, a local Indianapolis gay bar and eatery.
English Ivy’s boasts an expansive menu with a lot of dining options for people with various tastes. There are also a fair few burgers on the menu and, given the criteria I’ve laid out for myself, I opted to try the Ivy Burger, which is both the signature burger at English Ivy’s and the ‘standard’ burger option. And I truly have to say that everyone in my party was duly impressed with all of English Ivy’s food offerings!
According to their menu, the burgers at English Ivy’s are “made of our proprietary all-beef blend, served on a toasted brioche bun.” The beef blend is well-chosen, making for a juicy burger that is as well-seasoned as it is well-prepared. The final cook resulted in a perfect medium (my preferred doneness on a burger) with a nice crust on the outside of the burger. The toasted brioche did a good job of holding together even an incredibly juicy burger. And, as all good burgers should be, this one is all about the beef, which is definitely the star here!
The burger comes with leaf lettuce, sliced tomato, thinly-sliced red onions, dill pickles, and a choice of cheese. Cheese options include American, Swiss, cheddar, provolone, smoked gouda, or pepper jack. I, as I usually do when confronted with such choices, opted for American cheese and was certainly glad I did. (American cheese, for me, is the ultimate burger cheese as it melts easily and doesn’t easily overpower the beef.) Mayo is available upon request, but I did find it necessary as the burger was cooked to a perfect medium and, as such, was juicy enough to warrant a saucy element unnecessary.
The sides were also quite delicious. I ordered the fries with my burger, which were incredibly tasty – crispy on the outside while nice and soft on the inside. My wife was very impressed with her side of mac and cheese, made from cavatappi pasta and a housemade cheese sauce. As an appetizer, we ordered the fried corn – nuggets of Indiana corn breaded and deep-fried and served with a side of ranch for dipping – and we greatly enjoyed it! It retained the sweetness of corn without being overly greasy.
All told, we definitely enjoyed our visit to English Ivy’s. The food was tasty all around, but I (of course!) would recommend their burger!
FINAL RANKING: 8.8/10
944 N. Alabama St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Cost Range: $$ ($7-$12)