In the market for a quick burger and fries? Are you down town Indy? Do you hate both the food and service provided from fast food burger joints? Well, good news for you. Punch Burger, just a short walk from Monument Circle, deals out top shelf burgers and fries quickly at fair prices. Don’t take their speed as a sign of poor quality. These craft burger creations could easily highlight the lunch menu at any of the nearby fancy sit-down restaurants.
This is not your father’s greasy spoon burger joint. Punch Burger uses only grass fed Angus beef in their patties. Don’t expect just a simple dose of Heinz 57, mustard, pickles, onions and tomato either. The name “Burger Creation” means something here. The Burnt Cheese Burger was so simple yet so brilliant. It is little more than a cheddar cheese burger, but they burn the cheese. You know what happens when the cheese oozes out the side of a grilled cheese and hits the pan, and you get those crunchy little bites of cheese with an ever so slight note of bitterness. Well, think of those delightful little cheese bites, but all over the entire burger. There is no going back to a plain cheese burger after having one of these. If you are more of a fan of topping inspired burgers, they also have an Aloha Burger. Take the same quality patty but with a teriyaki glaze, and add grilled pineapple & Swiss cheese. That not disco enough for you? How does the Thai Burger loaded with peanut butter, onions, Asian slaw, and a sweet chili sauce sound? To keep things interesting, Punch Burger always has a special burger of the month.
There are not many options when it comes to sides, but then again, this is an in-and-out burger joint. The Waffle fries were beyond reproach. Hot, crispy, and good. The sweet potato tots were also spot on. Much better than your standard tatter tot. Don’t like burgers and fries? Too bad. You can, however, substitute an all natural turkey burger or vegan veggie patty. A further testament to the quality of the food comes from the exclusive use of local favorites: Smoking Goose bacon and Fischer Farms ham, when it comes to toppings. No corners are cut anywhere.
You will be hard pressed to find a better burger in the down town area. The food comes out fast, hot, and delicious. If you like to have a cold beer with your burger, don’t worry. Punch Burger has a small selection of craft beers available for around $3 a glass. No complaints found here. If you are near the City Market and in the mood for burger, whether you are in a hurry, or you have plenty of time to kill, Punch Burger is worth the trip.