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“Food is not up to par” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tow Yard Brewing

Tow Yard Brewing
501 S Madison, Indianapolis, IN 46225
+(1)3176389273
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Ranked #507 of 2,080 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Cuisines: American, Brew Pub
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Food is not up to par”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Like the last reviewer, I wanted to like this place. I had heard about it being one of the new places on Indy's downtown scene, and since my husband likes craft beers it had a lot going in it's favor. The website is nice and makes the food look enticing, as does the big chalkboard menu upon arrival.
We went early on a Friday evening, around 5:30. Took our kids knowing that they cannot sit in the bar, but only in the larder area. First problem: only 3 tables in the larder area, all full upon arrival, only one of them had a child with them! So, the manager brought out a plastic table for us to sit at. We waited for a server but none arrived. Finally the bartender came over to take a drink order but said there were no menus available. No problem...we just looked at the chalkboard menu and walked up to register to place the order ourselves.
Took not too long for our food, but when our sandwiches came out it looked like they had forgotten to put anything on them! In my opinion for $8.50 (sandwich only) it should be somewhat substantial. I ordered the Tonya Harding and it literally had one slice each of turkey, roast beef, ham and cheese. One tomato slice per half of sandwich and a little shredded lettuce. NOT GOOD.
The other bad thing: the system for food delivery is inefficient and awful! We were sitting by the small counter where they place the food once it's ready for server to pick up. They would yell out the servers name, although there is no way at all they could hear their name in the next room or over the noise. Baskets of food stacked up, sometimes 12 at a time! Servers would come along and start picking every basket up to see if it was theirs then put it back down. I saw more servers bring things back that were incorrect than they were able to deliver. My suggestion: they should have one or two people to deliver food only when it comes up like other restaurants do!!!
Apart from this, it might be an entirely different experience if you just wanted to stop by to have a few beers. The décor was cool, and it does look like it would be fun. Just DON"T order any food and leave your kids at home.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Indianapolis Indiana
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77 reviews 77 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Wanted to Like this Place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

First visit to the new brewery located in downtown Indy close to Lucas Oil Stadium. Went on a busy Saterday afternoon. Worlld Cup Soccer and brew buses provided a large but comfortable crowd Convenient and adjacent free parking is a nice plus. Liked the atmosphere,vibe and decore. Knowledgable and attentive server. Food was overpriced and beer was nothing special compared to other local brews in the area. Definitely willing to give the place another chance.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Most Definitely Growing Pains”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We arrived 6:30 Friday night. Our poor server was stretched very thin working too many tables so service was slow. The beer was good, my wrap was delicious. My husband's brisket sandwich was not as advertised. The must have run out of brisket as they had run out of several food items and most of their wines. The location is very cool, I hope they work things out.

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Maryland
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92 reviews 92 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Good Service; Bad Beer”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is a relatively new brewery in downtown Indianapolis. Stopping by here for a late night sampler, we were surprised that they only had 3 of their own beers on tap. They're still growing, but the beers were nothing special. The service at the brewery was good; but they need to keep working on refining their beers. Come here if you're interested in sampling some new beers, but don't expect the polish from other brewers in the downtown area.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Just average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The best place about the Tow Yard is the view of downtown and the location to Lucas Oil. The servers are very friendly! The menu has several different options. They are trying to be different than other places, but you can tell that the owner is not giving 100%. It could be much better! I have gone there 3 times now to try the alligator and every time they are out. The beers are so-so. There is not a lot of selection.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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