Review: Edwards Drive-InAuthor: Smokin DB | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
2126 S. Sherman Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46203
I think this place is sort of a local legend. What the hell do I know? I’ve only been here 2.5 years. But it has that look, it has that feel and its location in a semi-sketchy area that looks like it could have been the hot cruising area forty years ago gives me that impression. In fact Edwards’ hosts a cruise-in every Saturday night during the summer. When we walked in, the joint was packed. Families, old-timers, church groups, just friggin’ packed. My expectations were high. There was a sign that said the dude from Man v. Food had been there to eat a tenderloin or something, so it’s got to be good right?
What I Ate: Big E Burger with a basket of breaded and fried mushrooms and a small cup of Cole slaw. The Burger is $3.49 but you get knocked $0.29 each for lettuce, tomato and cheese.
Even with those add-ons, less than $4.50 for a 1/3 pound burger is still very reasonable. The burger was, well, less than memorable. I can’t name one thing that stands out. It was okay. It seemed to be one of those institutional formed beef patties with a smattering of lettuce, a single slice of tasteless tomato and a slice of American cheese. I drenched the thing in ketchup, ate it and immediately forgot it.
The Cole Slaw was okay, and again, nothing outstanding. A food service item scooped out of a five gallon bucket.
The mushrooms were the saving grace. While they were not house-made, they were perfectly fried, golden brown and delicious. I’m a sucker for these things. The breadcrumb crust was industrial strength and crunchy. When breached molten lava hot juice erupted and burnt the crap out of my mouth. Oh yeah, love that. I dipped these in ketchup too. Yeah I know I’m a deviant bastard.
Would I Buy It Again? Nah. I probably drove by ten places with better burgers on the way to Edwards, which incidentally, is not exactly conveniently located near my home. This meal was really a physiological transaction; I was hungry and needed food. Edwards provided the calories and not much else. Too bad.