The Workingman’s Friend

Hamburgers | Tavern
One of the best

Smack in the middle of the industrial/residential area west of the White River is a working man’s bar that serves an unforgettable double cheeseburger. The glass-brick-fronted Workingman’s Friend draws crowds at mealtimes, but our visit on a Monday night found the bar empty save for a small group of men quietly sipping beers and ignoring a TV tuned to a ballgame. We ordered Buds and double cheeseburgers from the no-nonsense bartender, who then went into the kitchen to prepare our meals, as we brought our beers to a table.

What the bartender/chef brought out was reminiscent of the burgers served at The Sycamore in Connecticut, which is to say they are flattened against the grill while they cook, resulting in a crusty burger, particularly around the ultra-thin edges. Fully dressed with lettuce, tomato, and onion, we loved this double cheeseburger. Sided by good O-rings, and accompanied by a fish-bowl glass of American brew, this meal is an Indy classic.

Notes: As this is a tavern, no one under 21 is allowed inside and smoking is permitted. Monday through Thursday, it closes at 5pm. Friday it is open until 8pm, Saturday until 3pm. Closed Sunday.

What to Eat
The Workingman’s Friend, Double Cheeseburger
Double Cheeseburger
When I tried to order a single, the waitress reminded me that these burgers are smashed very thin, ''just like Steak 'n Shake.'' She was right that the double cheeseburger is the way to go, but these burgers are miles ahead of what they serve at Steak 'n Shake!
The Workingman’s Friend, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
The onion rings could be crunchier, but we like the fact that they are not greasy.
The Workingman’s Friend, Tenderloin
Though not particularly big, this fine tenderloin still provides plenty of porky flavor.
The Workingman’s Friend, Bean Soup
Bean Soup
The hearty bean soup was just what we needed on a cold autumn afternoon.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday11 am - 5 pm
Tuesday11 am - 5 pm
Wednesday11 am - 5 pm
Thursday11 am - 5 pm
Friday11 am - 8 pm
Saturday11 am - 3 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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