Chumley’s in Broad Ripple used to have a reputation for terrible food. Even though that is no longer the case, the reputation was so bad that I had never eaten there until recently. I was happy to discover that their menu is almost as diverse as their beer offerings. If you haven’t checked out their $3.25 local beers on Saturday, I highly recommend it. While you’re at it, have a Robert the Bruce for me.
As for the food, I sampled fried dill pickles, nachos, and the Hawaiian Burger with onion rings (don’t judge, it was game day and I wasn’t alone). I’ve been on a quest lately to find the best fried pickles in the city, and so far, these are my favorite. They are spears instead of chips and they have a nice even cornmeal coating–nothing soggy or greasy here. However, I was not a fan of the Greek-style dipping sauce. (The best pickle dipping sauce is at Scotty’s, but that’s a different post for another day.)
Chumley's Fried Pickles
My favorite part of Chumley’s menu is the burger menu:
Just about anything you can think to put on a burger is there, including peanut butter and jelly. No, I didn’t try it this time, but I promise I will. This time I had the Hawaiian Burger, with bacon, pineapple and provolone. The burger itself was nice and juicy and I enjoyed the toppings, but it did lack a certain cohesiveness. It was like it was missing something–a special sauce perhaps? Nonetheless, I liked it and I’m looking forward to trying some of the other burgers.
Chumley's Hawaiian Burger
I really liked the nachos, mostly because of the queso they use. But I have one major complaint: they put the queso on the bottom and it’s really hard to get any on your chip! And since nachos are typically a shared food, it just creates a mess with everyone trying to scoop into it. Next time, I’ll ask them to put it on top or on the side.
All in all, Chumley’s offers much more than typical bar far, both in variety and quality. If you haven’t eaten at Chumley’s lately, give it a try. And if you have that PB&J burger, let me know what you think.
Chumley’s Beer House
838 Broad Ripple Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220