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DINING: Deliberate dive spices up south Broad Ripple

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It takes guts to name your bar/eatery after a term for failure. It takes more guts to combine furnishings and décor in a way that makes the place feel like it was built in 1981, with unplanned design changes, posters and paintings added in a haphazard way ever since.

All that adds to the gritty charm of The Sinking Ship (4923 N. College Ave., 920-7999).

And while it’s likely to turn off non-smokers and survivors of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, anyone else looking for a friendly Broad Ripple drinkery outside the parking meter radius might want to dive in.
 

Dining On this ship, you can get your burger stuffed with peppers (above), blue cheese, and more. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Amid the corn dog, tater skins and nachos (here, Not’chos) on the appetizer menu, I was intrigued by the Dukboki ($7.50), a plate of Korean rice dumplings in a spicy sauce. Think Asian gnocchi and think twice about ordering if you have any aversion to dishes that kick. Otherwise, enjoy.

The specialty here is the stuffed burger—which, the menu warns, takes some extra cooking time. Worth the wait, I say, after taking on a hand-packed Flamin’ Damon ($11). Here, pepper Jack cheese and jalapenos were packed into a 2/3-pound patty, which seemed to modify the heat while flavoring the meat. Other variations include the Blew Damon (with blue cheese and bacon) and the Deutschland Damon (ground corned beef stuffed with sauerkraut and Swiss).

You’d think that the fish sandwich at a place with an oceanic name would impress, but The Whaler ($7.50) was merely an unexciting but sizable plank of pollock. Better were the Buffalo Chips ($5.50 for a full order, $3.25 for a half) in which Buffalo seasonings energized battered and fried potato slices. And I’m sure some will appreciate that Sinking Ship keeps a separate deep fryer for orders from vegetarians.

Another plus: If you’ve had too many bottles of microbrews (there’s a good selection to choose from), you may have less trouble than usual sorting out your tab: All the food prices on the menu already have tax worked in.•

–Lou Harry

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First in a month-long series of reviews of restaurants that sound wet—just like spring in Indiana.

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  • Burgers!!!
    Stuffed burgers are awesome. So is the Cuban. The smoking dosent bother me as it is a bar. I don't think it's a "hipster" hangout. But if it is, every ones always been nice to me. And I don't have tattoos or piercing. Place could use more art/stuff on the walls but I think that happens overtime. I overheard the bartender talking about them putting a beergarden out back which I think would be nice.
    Seems there still getting there feet under them as service has improved greatly, interested in what this place is like in a year. I do enjoy the place alot . But I would defiantly call it a pub/bar far more than a resturaunt.
  • Cancer Box
    Sinking Ship is a pretty cool place, which is a shame because walking inside you have to open the door, then try to peel back the layers of smoke to find your way through the place. This place is becoming the new hipster hangout instead of Alley Cat, which is a bummer--there's a reason Alley Cat was recently voted the most pretentious bar in town. I get that smoking is part of the whole punk scene because they will try anything that makes them seem like they just don't give a crap, but it's a little overboard here. If you don't mind smoke, check it out, but if you don't want to smell like a cigarette for a month, avoid it.
  • Place is great!!
    Love this place. A great hang out spot. We gotta drive 30 minutes to get there and pass tons of other bars, but this one is the best. Check it out if you wanna have a good time, eat some great food, meet so cool people and chit-chat with the great bar tenders.

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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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