Scotty’s Brewhouse and I go back to the beginning days of the social media community in Indianapolis. When Indy Social Media Breakfast had just gotten started and when we were all trying to make sense of Facebook and Twitter and how to use it for business, Scotty’s Brewhouse was there. Not only did they provide space for us to hold these meetings, Scott himself was first to jump on the social media train.
There is no doubt in my mind that part of his success, outside from great food, beer and business practices, is due to his social media presence. Scott created a voice for Scotty’s Brewhouse that was part marketing, part community awareness and part himself. This trifecta of content appeals to everyone.
Scotty’s has bar food that you crave. No soggy buns or tasteless fried starches here. Think black bean burgers to taco salads, juicy burgers with all the toppings you can imagine and sandwiches with perfectly toasted bread. Good quality food is at Scotty’s Brewhouse, so when they invited me to preview a few new menu items I jumped on the opportunity.
Scott himself came out to talk to us about the vision of Scotty’s Brewhouse and his other restaurants. See the card pictured above? It’s what each of his staff keep in their pocket while at work. All of those phrases were adapted from “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” I’m going to put it on my computer at work as a reminder of how to enjoy myself and remember the things that are really important. This is the smart way to run a business.
Now, onto the food.
Scotty’s knows how to run a meal preview night. All of us were seated, and while someone introduced the first dish, a serve walked it around from table to table for us to look at and take pictures if we chose to. Then, it was placed on a table to the side where we could get up and take more photos. Small portions of the dish were then brought to each table so that we could share them amongst ourselves. I greatly appreciated this attention to detail.
We started with two varieties of edamame – one with coarse sea salt and the other with a sweet garlic teriyaki sauce. I’ve never craved edamame before until I tired both of these options. It’s a great appetizer that makes you feel full without having to eat a lot. I wanted more! This photo just shows the garlic teriyaki edamame:
New specialty drinks added to the fall menu. We had a shot glass worth of each drink, but what you really want to see is what it looks like when you’d order one. Here you’ll see the Moscow Mule and Dark and Stormy drinks, both served in cold tin mugs:
I must admit that when the Mini Corn Dogs came out to the table, it was all we could do to not inhale them. But we did, and they were delicious with Mofo Mustard (their signature spicy sauce), ranch and barbecue. Crunchy with the perfect amount of crust to hot dog ratio. Because that’s totally a thing.
Now here’s where I’m going to get all fancy on you. I was having trouble getting good photos at one point so I decided to Instagram video some of what I was seeing. This gives you more of a 3D view of the food! How cool! Check out the look of this Blackened Tilapia and Latin Chicken dishes, both with pineapple black bean salsa (and both were spicy!)
Then came the sandwiches – BBQ Pulled Pork Sourdough Sandwich and a Chicken Salad Sandwich. The pulled pork had crispy onions on top and the chicken salad was homemade with grapes, red apples, celery and onion, also on sourdough. Crispy, buttery bread really elevated the quality of the sandwiches. They were also huge and stuffed to the brim, so order one knowing that you will be FULL after eating it.
At this point a few more signature cocktails had come around. Fish bowls serve 4 and at $20.00 a pop are fun and easy to split between a few friends. This one was the Margarita Fish Bowl with tequila, triple sec, lemon and lime mix and fresh squeezed limes.
There are a few dishes I do not have great photos of to share, possibly because of my poor photo skills after trying several of these cocktails, so I wrapped everything up in a 15 second video that shows you everything we tried. Chicken Penne Marinara, BBQ Salmon and Ribs and Lemon Dill Salmon were all delicious!
Of course, I cannot forget to mention this delicious creation. Yes, that is a giant jalapeno in the middle of that glass. It’s a Patron Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita and I’ve never had anything like it. There was no doubt that this signature drink was the hit of the evening.
Now I know what you’re thinking. Way to go, Sara, talking about stuff we can’t get to yet. But that’s the awesome part – Scotty’s is unveiling this new menu on August 27th. And do you know what’s even better? I have a $10.00 gift card to giveaway to one lucky Solid Gold Eats reader! I want you to go out this Labor Day weekend, so I’ll be picking a winner on Thursday, August 28th at noon.
Enter through the Rafflecopter below. You must leave a blog post comment answering this question: Out of all the food and drink items I mention above, which one are you most interested in trying?