At the table with Anna

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Where to go: Scotty’s Brewhouse

Address: 1 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis

What to get: Mo’fo’ Jalapeno Burger

Price: $12

Anna’s take: Although I do love eating all things spicy, I was a bit nervous ordering this burger. When the menu notes that  a side of “cool-down sauce” comes with your spicy burger, I was worried that instead of having flavorful hot, the burger would be hurtful hot.

Scotty’s Brewhouse’s Mo’fo’ Jalapeno Burger layers pepper jack cheese, fresh jalapeno slices and the restaurant’s mo’fo’ hot sauce on top of a signature ground chuck beef patty. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

I was wrong, and Scotty’s nailed this entrée. It’s not too hot, despite the mo’fo’ hot sauce and   fresh, green jalapenos layered on top of the burger patty and Pepper Jack cheese. The burger was hot enough to get my mouth watering in that it-hurts-so-good way. The cool-down sauce is Scotty’s play on ranch. It paired great with the burger and side of waffle fries I opted for.

Scotty’s Brewhouse also has restaurants in Carmel and Noblesville and the north side Indy for you local folks, but the downtown location is the perfect spot to hit before or after a Colts or Pacers game. The restaurant is just a few minutes from Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse, making it an easy walk. Be mindful of potentially large crowds on game days. Add extra time, but other than the busy-ness, Scotty’s was excellent with a game-day atmosphere.

Suggested pairings: Normally, I don’t order domestic beers while out and about, but since I was eating at Scotty’s before the Colts game, I felt like I needed to order the official beer of the NFL, so I chose a Bud Light (“Dilly Dilly!”) Scotty’s also taps craft beers from its sister company, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., so if you like craft beer, try the Rocky Ripple pale ale, or my favorite, the Two Lucys Blackberry Wheat, for a fruitier taste.   

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