Boogie Burger, Indianapolis, Indiana

Sadly, Boogie Burger, like 96th Street Burgers, another favorite burger joint, is now closed.¬†For diner-style burgers in the Indy area, visit Stookey’s in Thornburg, the Broadway Diner in Fortville,and Triple XXX in Lafayette. If you find yourself in the Knoxville, TN area, you have to stop at Scotty’s.

Boogie Burger here in Indianapolis, Indiana, has been on my to-eat list for a long time. We had this week off, so we decided to give it a try. Many of my friends have raved about it.

We both ordered the Boogie Burger with cheese.

Easily the best burger I’ve had. The seasoning was spot-on perfect. I really should’ve ordered a double. Or maybe a triple. It was just that good and it was embarrassing how quickly I ate it. I admit it. I woofed it down and moaned in happiness the entire time.

We also shared an order of garlic French fries. The fries are very addicting. They are tossed with garlic and parsley. Yes, you’ll have garlic breath (and lips) when you are done, but it is sooooo worth it.

It’s going to be difficult for me to return to Boogie Burger and order something different that we did this time. The burger and fries were just so good. This place is definitely going onto our normal eating rotation (and at the top at that).

 

Tiny Tim’s Pizza, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Back when I lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas, about 20 or so years ago, Tiny Tim’s Pizza on the square was one of my favorite places to eat. I’ve been craving their subs and pizzas ever since I left.

Anita and I recently spent a few days in Northwest Arkansas, and were lucky enough to have time to swing by Tiny Tim’s for lunch. The reason I say were lucky is because our car broke down. Were it not for a great long-time friend of ours who lent us a car, we wouldn’t have made it.

Tiny Tim's Pizza, Fayetteville, Arkansas
I ordered my favorite, the Tiny Tim’s sub. It has pepperoni, Canadian bacon, lettuce, Swiss and creamy Italian dressing on a hot po boy roll. The star of the show is the Canadian bacon, which is ground. The taste is out of this world. I could eat 5 of these. Really.

Tiny Tim's Pizza, Fayetteville, ArkansasAnita ordered a small pizza. I stole a piece. It was as great as I remember, with a super crunchy crust and delicious toppings. Anita said it was the best pizza she’d ever had.

Oh, how I wish there was a Tiny Tim’s in Indiana!

'Mater Rater Restaurant Score 5-5-5-5Tiny Tim’s is just down the street from another of my college day haunts, Jose’s Restaurant and Contina.

His Place Eatery, Indianapolis, Indiana

Anita and I returned to His Place Eatery for lunch. His Place is our favorite place to eat. The food is outstanding. Funny how we first went there with a Groupon. Those usually don’t pan out. It certainly did for us.

His Place Eatery, Indianapolis, IndianaHis Place has some great lunch specials, but we had to go with the full-sized entrees. I chose one of my favorites, the smoked meatloaf (with a tangy BBQ sauce), the green beans (you have to get green beans at His Place. They are beyond good.), and the coleslaw (a sweet slaw). Everything was soooo good.

His Place Eatery, Indianapolis, IndianaAnita also had the meatloaf and green beans, with some dirty mashed potatoes (she passed on the good gravy). The potatoes are so yummy. You could just sit down with a bowl of them and a spoon and be very, very happy.

It’s been a while since our first blog post on His Place Eatery. We can’t wait to return again. I’m already thinking about getting the fried chicken again. That stuff is crazy good.

On the ‘Mater Rater scale, we like the vibe of His Place Eatery. It’s not a 5 star restaurant, it’s in a strip mall and the furnishings are minimal but that’s not a negative for us. The chef has a positive energy and is enthusiastic about his food. Service has always been prompt and friendly. The food may take a while to arrive (specially if you order the fresh-dropped chicken, but that’s what you’d expect!), but it is absolutely delicious. For the quality and portion sizes, the prices are right. Overall, a great place.

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Although it’s a totally different cuisine, I also love dining at Yat’s Cajun Creole restaurant here in Indy (and other places).

DJ’s Hotdog Company, Indianapolis, Indiana

A co-worker and I ate at DJ’s Hotdog Company here on the north side of Indianapolis, Indiana, the other day. This is DJ’s 3rd location around Indianapolis. It just opened recently. After looking at the menu online, I was looking forward to eating there.

DJ's Hotdog Company, Indianapolis, IndianaYou order your dogs (they have other things, too) at the counter. All of the ingredients looked fresh. Service was fast.

DJ's Hotdog Company, Indianapolis, IndianaI ordered the jumbo Chicago dog, which comes with mustard, neon relish, onion, tomato, hot peppers, cucumber, celery salt and a pickle spear. The dog was 100% beef, on a steamed bun. I successfully crushed my bun on the way to the table. But, it was still good. And messy. Did I mention it was good? It was really good actually. I also ordered a side slaw, which was also very good.

DJ's Hotdog Company, Indianapolis, IndianaI really enjoyed my hot dog. I’m definitely looking forward to going back and trying some of the other signature dogs, or just customizing my own!

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I returned to DJ’s the other day and picked up 3 dogs to take to the park for a picnic with Anita. I got a Chicago dog for Anita because I really liked the one I had on my first visit. It is a great dog.

DJ's Hotdog Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
For myself (and for sharing) I got a Jersey City dog (BBQ sauce, bacon bits and cheese):

DJ's Hotdog Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
… and an Atlanta dog (chili, cheddar, onion):

DJ's Hotdog Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
This time I got the dogs on pretzel rolls. I’m glad I did. They hold up better, especially when they had to bounce around in the car for 30 minutes. My only complaint was that I think the Jersey City dog should also be served in a Styrofoam container like the Atlanta dog as the cheese stuck to the aluminum foil wrapper.

Once again all the dogs were excellent. And so was the service. The young woman that made my dogs and rang me up was pleasant and efficient (even though the manager was getting in her way and was more interested in her Starbucks than customers. The store had just opened.).