Broad Ripple’s new Thr3e Wise Men Brewery is neither your typical brewpub nor your typical Broad Ripple eatery—and that’s a good thing. Instead Thr3e Wise Men offers a refreshing combination of traditional favorites and new ideas. The seating in the dining room is all long picnic tables, so if there are fewer than eight in your party, be prepared to make some new friends. If you’d rather not socialize, you can play with your table’s iPad.
The menu is simple—a handful of appetizers, salad, pizza and dessert. Without question, the pizza is the standout star here. Fresh toppings served on a thin, rustic, hand-tossed crust make this the most gourmet pizza in Broad Ripple. Another hit is the salad, which is tossed and served tableside. And although I didn’t get an opportunity to taste it this time, I have to give big bonus points for including elephant ears on the dessert menu.
As the name suggests, Thr3e Wise Men is a brewery, and they offer quite a selection. We sampled quite a few—our favorite was the Hoggy Style Amber. If beer is your thing, click here to read my friend Scott’s more beer-focused review.
Thr3e Wise Men has only been open for a couple of weeks, and they are still working out some bugs from a service standpoint. We tried to get call-ahead seating, but no one answered the phone. Also, our appetizers, salad and pizza all came at once instead of staggered through the meal. A manager did come to apologize, however, and acknowledged that it is something they are working on. I anticipate that the service will continue to improve over the next few months.
For offering an upbeat atmosphere, rustic pizzas and a unique concept, I give Thr3e Wise Men an Overall Dining Experience rating of 2. I anticipate better service, and a higher rating, on my next visit. Here is the breakdown:
Deliciousness = 2 (quality of food is very good)
Ambiance = 3 (a feast for the eyes)
Quality of Service = 1 (friendly but not efficient)
Bang for Your Buck = 2 (overall experience justifies the price)
Overall Dining Experience = 2 (a solid restaurant that beckons with appealing cooking)
Click here for an explanation of my rating system.