The Workingman’s Friend

Review by: Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

Smack in the middle of the industrial/residential area west of the White River in Indianapolis, IN is a working man’s bar that serves an unforgettable double cheeseburger.  Some say it is the best burger in Indy!   The glass-brick-fronted The 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 to eat at The Workingman’s Friend in Indianapolis, IN

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.

What To Eat

Double Cheeseburger

Onion Rings


Bean Soup


The Workingman’s Friend Recipes


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