I have driven by Tinker Street so many times and it had been on my bucket list all summer. I finally went last night and I really liked it! The atmosphere, the service, and the food were all great. Our server, Ashley, told us that they have been named one of the best places in Indy for a glass of wine, so I went with a $10 glass of cab. They provide a complimentary shot of sparkling wine at every seat, which is a nice touch. I ordered the walleye with a risotto and root vegetables, but this place is all about the burger. I tasted my date’s Tinker burger with white cheddar cheese, tomato jam, and shoestring fries and it was one of the best burgers I’ve had. Order it medium and get a side of the peach bbq jam (it is listed with the pork belly entree). We went on a Friday night as soon as they opened at 5pm (I had worked an 18 hour day on Thursday, so I took the liberty to leave work a little early) and I am glad we did – the place quickly filled up and continued to get busier as the night went on.
Our server Ashley was quite the foodie and we discussed and ranked all of our local grocery store options. She also shares a love of brussel sprouts, specifically the kind on the stem. I was off to Trader Joe’s after dinner because that is the kind of exciting life that I lead, and what did I see? Brussel sprouts on the stem! I put three of those bad boys in my cart and found a ribbon in my purse from baked goods and tied it around the stem for my new Tinker Street friend.
On my way home I made a pit stop at Tinker Street and surprised her. It was pretty hilarious and it made my day – hopefully it made hers too. As I was leaving she ran out the back kitchen door and she and the kitchen staff were waving at me and laughing about it. This is what happens when I have (one) glass of wine. She also mentioned that the servers share their tips – it goes into a communal pile and they split it. It encourages them to all work as a team and be their best since their colleagues’ service directly affects them. It’s an interesting policy and we made sure to tip well since she was such a delight.
Now onto the recipe. Since I bought three stalks (two for myself), I decided to try something new. One of my friends in STL read my mind and sent me a recipe for these amazing balsamic honey sprouts – life changing!
ROASTED BALSAMIC HONEY BRUSSEL SPROUTS
Cut about a pound of brussel sprouts in half (I also always cut off the little bottom stems – don’t put down your disposal though. I learned this the hard way).
Toss in a bowl with olive oil. Add sea salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Remove from the oven, toss back in the bowl and add two tablespoons balsamic and two tablespoons honey. A little extra olive oil too if you think they need it.
I decided to put all of my cookbooks above my kitchen cabinets. I may regret this the next time I reach for an Ina book.
Happy weekend y’all from Winnie and me!