I’m not one who usually listens to the hype. I like to experience things for myself and form my own opinions. So, when all I heard from my peers, professors, and coworkers was positive feedback about Scotty’s Brewhouse, I knew that I had to check it out for myself.
I was not disappointed. Scotty’s Brewhouse is a sports bar and restaurant with locations in Muncie, Bloomington, West Lafayette, on 96th Street in Indianapolis, and in downtown Indianapolis. They are famous for their friend pickle chips appetizer and numerous flat screen TVs, all broadcasting different sporting events and channels. I visited the downtown Indy location on Monday with my coworker, Sara. She is something of a Scotty’s aficionado and was able to tell me what was good on the menu (apparently everything).
Naturally, we started with the fried dill pickle chips, and immediately I knew why everyone was so crazy for Scotty’s. How something as simple as a battered and fried pickle chip could be so delicious, I don’t know, but I was hooked. For the main entrée I ordered the tilapia with a homemade pineapple salsa. This is what I really loved about Scotty’s; while they have typical bar food and highly caloric meals, they also have accommodations for people with allergies or food sensitivities. I ordered the tilapia off of the Gluten Free menu and it was absolutely delicious! Scotty’s has a lot more to offer than just food. They have television screens everywhere: in the bathroom stalls, on the walls, and even in the individual dining booths.
Another cool thing is that Scotty’s has mastered marketing on social media networks. They are on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare. In fact, if you check in on Foursquare during lunch Monday-Thursday (as we did upon arriving) then you get 10% off of your meal. Scotty’s also offers space for business meetings and gatherings for free. This is really useful for start-up companies who can’t afford to rent out larger, more expensive spaces.
I was really impressed by the food, the atmosphere, and the dedication exhibited by the staff and the elusive Scotty himself (who I equate to the great and powerful Oz, his influence is everywhere, but does he really exist?) I had a great time and I highly recommend it. If you have any reservations, just know that I went on a Monday at 11:30am and the place was packed! The proof is in the pudding, or at least in the fried pickle chips.