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Workingman's Friend, The

317-636-2067  •  $
ADDRESS: 234 N Belmont Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46222
CUISINE: Burgers, Sandwiches, Chili
FEATURES: Full Bar, Handicap Access, Kid Friendly
DESCRIPTION
Why is it that the best cheeseburger is always found in a dive? Is there some mysterious combination of concrete floor, fluorescent lighting and Styrofoam cups that causes the grill to magically produce a burger of ideal proportions? The Workingman's Friend must have stumbled onto that magic, because consensus is that its double cheeseburger is close to perfection. Crispy, juicy patties with melted cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and onion on a no-nonsense bun, the burger packs the house at lunch every day. Originally opened in 1918 as a sandwich shop, the restaurant was later passed from founder Louis Stamatkin to the current owner, who knows not to mess with a good thing and prefers to stay behind the scenes. The restaurant is located in a not-so-trendy Westside neighborhood with limited parking, and its large, open room is crowded with metal tables and edged by a long bar along one wall. Join the suits, scrubs and hard hats during the lunch rush, and don't bother with the menu: double cheeseburger with fries and/or onion rings all around. (A 32-ounce Mason jar of beer optional.)
"The original grill is still used, and it does a great job putting out some perfectly cooked smashed burgers made out of hand-formed patties made every day from fresh ground chuck."
- Daniel Zemans, A Hamburger Today blog, March 18, 2010
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Cash only. Full bar. Serving lunch Mon-Sat, dinner Mon-Fri. Closed Sun.

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DESCRIPTION
Why is it that the best cheeseburger is always found in a dive? Is there some mysterious combination of concrete floor, fluorescent lighting and Styrofoam cups that causes the grill to magically produce a burger of ideal proportions? The Workingman's Friend must have stumbled onto that magic, because consensus is that its double cheeseburger is close to perfection. Crispy, juicy patties with melted cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and onion on a no-nonsense bun, the burger packs the house at lunch every day. Originally opened in 1918 as a sandwich shop, the restaurant was later passed from founder Louis Stamatkin to the current owner, who knows not to mess with a good thing and prefers to stay behind the scenes. The restaurant is located in a not-so-trendy Westside neighborhood with limited parking, and its large, open room is crowded with metal tables and edged by a long bar along one wall. Join the suits, scrubs and hard hats during the lunch rush, and don't bother with the menu: double cheeseburger with fries and/or onion rings all around. (A 32-ounce Mason jar of beer optional.)
 
"The original grill is still used, and it does a great job putting out some perfectly cooked smashed burgers made out of hand-formed patties made every day from fresh ground chuck."
- Daniel Zemans, A Hamburger Today blog, March 18, 2010
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Cash only. Full bar. Serving lunch Mon-Sat, dinner Mon-Fri. Closed Sun.



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