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2017/03/15 19:03:33 (permalink)

John's Famous Stew -- Indy

For those of you familiar with the hole-in-the-wall John's Famous Stew in Indianapolis, I have a story to share.  I was there last week and can report they have a new improved entrance that includes a ramp.  While there I noticed a "Reserved" sign on a booth, but didn't think much of it, beyond the fact that who would want to reserve a table there.  My brother tells me the last time he was there, the "Reserved" sign was there and it was the only empty seating.  They waited and found a table.  Shortly thereafter 3 guys in dark suits came in, picked up the "Reserved" sign and sat down at a table nearby.  If you've ever been to John's, 3 guys in dark suits is about as likely as Hobbits showing up at St. Elmo's.  A couple minutes later here comes hizzoner Joe Hogsett, mayor, to enjoy a bowl of Famous Stew.
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/03/15 19:12:01 (permalink)
Great story.
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/03/15 19:52:33 (permalink)
Picking up some nasty habits from Chicago apparently.
 
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/03/15 20:01:04 (permalink)
Didn't Gregg Pill and Wj eat there? Someone did as I recall and they loved it!
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/03/15 20:21:42 (permalink)
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Didn't Gregg Pill and Wj eat there? Someone did as I recall and they loved it!


Yes they did , on their way to Hubers , they had some good pictures.
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/03/15 20:31:49 (permalink)
Thanks Uncle Groucho! Looks like a great place to me, and then Hubers! What a great day!
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/03/15 20:47:29 (permalink)
Great story....we enjoyed our stew, a lot!  While we were the only customers inside, and it took ten minutes to find the door, we had a reserved for wanderingjew sign! 
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/02 06:40:41 (permalink)
I live just south of Greenwood, Center Grove area, and I've never heard of the place. I was very intrigued and was about to look the place up for lunch today until this line
"A couple minutes later here comes hizzoner Joe Hogsett, mayor, to enjoy a bowl of Famous Stew."
What a way to ruin a business!
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/02 07:42:41 (permalink)
Go for the stew...stay for the ambiance!  
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/02 10:09:39 (permalink)
I grew up on that Macedonian stew. My father worked at the now closed Chevrolet Truck Manufacturing Plant close by and he often brought home a cardboard container of that stew. The hotter the better he would say. I had never been in the place until recently. In his day it was pretty much a 21 year and older bar and not a restaurant.
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/02 13:18:40 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/11/02 20:18:14
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I live just south of Greenwood, Center Grove area, and I've never heard of the place. I was very intrigued and was about to look the place up for lunch today until this line
"A couple minutes later here comes hizzoner Joe Hogsett, mayor, to enjoy a bowl of Famous Stew."
What a way to ruin a business!

Many years ago, at a bar across the street from local government offices, then mayor Bill Hudnut walked in around 9:00pm.  From the balcony a coworker yelled down, "HEY, no mayors allowed."
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/02 19:47:53 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/11/02 20:18:33
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I live just south of Greenwood, Center Grove area, and I've never heard of the place. I was very intrigued and was about to look the place up for lunch today until this line
"A couple minutes later here comes hizzoner Joe Hogsett, mayor, to enjoy a bowl of Famous Stew."
What a way to ruin a business!


TravelingPan
I live just south of Greenwood, Center Grove area, and I've never heard of the place. I was very intrigued and was about to look the place up for lunch today until this line
"A couple minutes later here comes hizzoner Joe Hogsett, mayor, to enjoy a bowl of Famous Stew."
What a way to ruin a business!



I'm quite shocked and stunned that you've never heard of this legendary iconic establishment considering how close you are . I live 900 miles away and even I am very familiar with  the place
 
Oh and political differences, or people I don't care for in general would never prevent me from visiting an establishment.
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/02 20:18:57 (permalink)
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TravelingPan
I live just south of Greenwood, Center Grove area, and I've never heard of the place. I was very intrigued and was about to look the place up for lunch today until this line
"A couple minutes later here comes hizzoner Joe Hogsett, mayor, to enjoy a bowl of Famous Stew."
What a way to ruin a business!


TravelingPan
I live just south of Greenwood, Center Grove area, and I've never heard of the place. I was very intrigued and was about to look the place up for lunch today until this line
"A couple minutes later here comes hizzoner Joe Hogsett, mayor, to enjoy a bowl of Famous Stew."
What a way to ruin a business!



I'm quite shocked and stunned that you've never heard of this legendary iconic establishment considering how close you are . I live 900 miles away and even I am very familiar with  the place
 
Oh and political differences, or people I don't care for in general would never prevent me from visiting an establishment.




I went with a Stuffie-Lover!!!  
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/03 01:30:17 (permalink)

 
$8.00 for a bowl of stew?  No thanks.
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/03 07:50:17 (permalink)
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$8.00 for a bowl of stew?  No thanks.
 
 
 
 
 




 
This isn't 1967
I can't even find breakfast for under $15 any more.
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/03 12:38:10 (permalink)
I would pay more than that any day.  How much would should one pay for a nice stew?
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/03 14:23:25 (permalink)
Sounds like a fair price to me!!
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/03 14:32:40 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Wintahaba 2017/11/03 15:50:31
How can anyone turns this down for $8 is beyond me??
 

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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/03 15:51:14 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby chickenplucker 2017/11/03 15:55:28
I suspect people in larger cities may be more amenable to dropping $8 on a bowl of stew than those living in smaller towns in rural areas.  That whole cost of living/per capita income/disposable income thing.
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/03 15:59:29 (permalink)
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I suspect people in larger cities may be more amenable to dropping $8 on a bowl of stew than those living in smaller towns in rural areas.  That whole cost of living/per capita income/disposable income thing.




If this were 20 or 30 years ago I would agree but in this day and age
I have to disagree
 
We spent 12 days all over the Midwest- the cheapest thing we had was tater tot hotdish for $5 in Red Wing MN (and it wasn't very good) . Everything else was at least $10 a meal or more up to $84   per meal at Gene and  Georgetti in suburban Chicago- and yes even  that's considered Roadfood!
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/03 16:28:12 (permalink)
Even in small towns they will gladly pony up 10.99 for 9 pathetic Buffalo Wild Wings over a local tavern that charges 8.00.....to me for a over 100 year tradition that is so well known...NBD. Also, my wife makes stew...they are not giving us the Sirloin. 
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/07 22:26:37 (permalink)
Must just be where I live I guess.  I can get a bowl of soup or chili that size with a piece of Italian bread and a 16oz. fish bowl for $7.00.  Its not John's Famous Stew though.  Didn't mean to alarm anybody, price just shocked me. 
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/08 08:01:12 (permalink)
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Must just be where I live I guess.  I can get a bowl of soup or chili that size with a piece of Italian bread and a 16oz. fish bowl for $7.00.  Its not John's Famous Stew though.  Didn't mean to alarm anybody, price just shocked me. 




Interesting..
I just paid under $15 for a light breakfast (two johnnycakes, two eggs, blueberries and coffee)  at Jiggers Diner with tax and tip on Saturday and I don't live in "the big city" in fact my friends from NY keep asking me "why do you have to live in the middle of nowhere?"
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/08 20:25:33 (permalink)
I agree.  That is a very low price for a dish of great stew.  A lot of labor goes into  making a stew!  It is much cheaper, labor wise  to throw hamburgers on the grill and throw French fries into a deep fryer.
 
And a decent breakfast, here in the suburbs, at a diner,  will be at least ten bucks!
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/08 20:41:24 (permalink)
Yeah, it must be the area.  I have several places where I can get breakfast for $5 to $7 bucks and that's pancakes or French toast with a side of meat and chocolate milk (not a coffee drinker).  These aren't gourmet places to eat mind you, but they are clean, diner type places.
 
Here's the big breakfast from a place called the Heights in Follansbee WV.  $8 dollars

 
I could never eat all that. 
 
There's several places like that in the area.
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/08 21:24:39 (permalink)
Here's a plate of pancakes from the Hopewell Diner in Washington PA right across from Isaly's.  Unfortunately, the place got struck by lightning and the porch got damaged.  Its been closed for awhile, but is due to open again sometime soon.
 
$5.00 and humongous.  Daughter loved them.  Cant wait to try lunch there.
 

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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/09 07:56:32 (permalink)
I honestly haven't seen $5 breakfasts since "the 90's" and I don't live in an expensive area- you want expensive?- just go to Boston and NYC, you can't get out of a decent "nothing fancy" breakfast for less than $20. Sure many places around here offer eggs and toast only specials for $5 but add coffee, tax and tip and you're still running close to $10.
 
**BTW...I simply cannot wrap my head around so many roadfooders who don't drink coffee, but then on the other hand, I despise soda....blech!  **
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/09 08:45:45 (permalink)
I like coffee but it gives me heartburn so I stay away from it.  I finally found the menu for The Heights.  Seriously, i'm surrounded by places with low prices like that.
 

 
Anyways, I apologize to everybody for derailing this thread.  It was just a shocker to me for some reason.  The stew looks delicious and I would love to try it.  I'm heading to Indy in a few months and I might have the chance.
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/09 09:03:22 (permalink)
Here is Jiggers breakfast menu. This is just a plain ol' fashioned Worcester Car diner in suburban East Greenwich. Not the "big city" and I would place Providence metro as "average" in terms of national cost of living.
 
http://www.jiggersdiner.com/Breakfast-Menu.html
 
***btw***
absolutely no need to apologize- these topics and discussions are what Roadfood is all about
Sadly- I'm looking at the first page of the forum- and this thread is the only Roadfood relevant topic on the entire page. 
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Re: John's Famous Stew -- Indy 2017/11/09 09:37:46 (permalink)
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I like coffee but it gives me heartburn so I stay away from it.  I finally found the menu for The Heights.  Seriously, i'm surrounded by places with low prices like that.
 

 
Anyways, I apologize to everybody for derailing this thread.  It was just a shocker to me for some reason.  The stew looks delicious and I would love to try it.  I'm heading to Indy in a few months and I might have the chance.




It also has some cool history and a strangely cool vibe.  It's different on the inside all right.  
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