Last winter Sara Croft asked her Facebook friends an open question: Which one should I go to? Punch Burger or Bru Burger? It had been a while since Mike Magan and I had been “burgering” and the previous time we did Bru Burger (review to be posted soon). I had walk past it on our way downtown to the Circle during the Christmas season and wondered if it was a worthy place. He had heard or suggested Punch Burger. I invited Sara and her guy to join us too. Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it so Burger Buddy Magan and I did it anyway.
On your left when you walk in is the menu board as seen here. If you are into toppings, I challenge you to find a more comprehensive offering of them. If you want smoked caribou ears or Andean pickled pears on you burger you’ve come to right place. Obviously I’m kidding about those, but there are few condiments they’ve left off the list. Honestly, I don’t recall what I ordered but I do recall Mike’s choice, the Burnt Cheese Punch burger.
You order your burger at the counter and they bring it out fresh and hot. They claim the burgers are 1/3 pound local beef, but they’re prepared a la Steak ‘n Shake, flattened. I enjoy flattened burgers but they aren’t really connoisseur (I almost got it right without spell check) grade. When I say that, I mean juicy and messy. You are more likely to find law office and banker people there, which only makes sense given its location, but you aren’t likely to find truck drivers or factory workers. To be sure, this is a good burger and I would never discourage anyone who wants to there a second or third time. It’s a good lunch with lots of variety, locally sourced items, along with beer and wine including many local brews.
Punch Burger fills a need downtown for a good quick burger with a lot of variety and given what I’ve already said, I have found that there are really two categories of burgers: White Collar burgers and Blue Collar burgers. Clearly Punch Burger deserves a much higher placement on the White Collar even though my favorites are usually on the Blue Collar side.
137 E Ohio St, Indianapolis ·
Open every day at 11am. Close Mon – Thursday at 9pm, Friday & Saturday at 10pm and Sunday at 8pm.