Hinkle's (Madison, IN)

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Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Mon, 12/10/12 12:53 PM
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Now that we finally have a touch of snow on the ground I'm thinking about 2013 road trips, and Madison, Indiana is on my list of potential places for an overnight stay (Clifty Falls State Park).  Madison is home to Hinkle's (how many locations are there and is this the original?) and it's mentioned a number of times here on RF, but I'm curious about the burgers.  According to the website the traditional burger involves pickles and grilled onions, but are the onions grilled separately or are they part of the burger cooking process?  Also, does Hinkle's serve up a good BPT?  Thanks!
 
As an aside, I'm planning a route that will take me through Commiskey, Indiana so I can grab a bite at Lurton's Country Cafe as well.

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Mon, 12/10/12 1:15 PM
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My mother has family in Vevay, IN and when visiting, we would always stay in nearby Madison.  What a great little city and I have fond memories of my childhood visits.  I wish I had known about Hinkle's at the time or we would have definitely stopped in.    Please report back SC!  And Clifty Falls State Park is very pretty!

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Mon, 12/10/12 2:11 PM
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I grew up in Bloomington which has the other Hinkle's that I know of.  I really don't know if they are related but it doesn't look like it.  The one in Bloomington says Quality since 1930 on a sign out front (they don't have a website).  The website for the one in Madison says since 1933.  The menus are similar but not identical.  The big difference I noted is that the one in Madison does not have my side of choice - potato cakes, and the one in Bloomington does not serve breakfast.
 
The way they cook them in Bloomington is to take ball of meat, smash it on the grill and then smash onions ito the patty itself.  My standard order is double cheeseburger, extra onion and pickle and the potato cakes.  I don't even put ketchup or mustard on the burger as it just doesn't need any more flavor.  I'd like to get to Madison some day to compare.
 
I can't answer about other menu items because now that I live in Ohio, I only get them a couple of times a year and would never dream of deviating from my regular order. 

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Tue, 12/11/12 5:39 PM
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Clifty Falls is a true hidden gem. If you can, go in the spring, there is usually more water over the falls then. Lots of nice wildflower/tree bloom color also.

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Tue, 12/11/12 6:24 PM
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I was at a wedding in Madison on Labor Day and Hinkle's catered 500 hamburgers.  I only know of the location in Madison.  A local legend.
 
As for Vevay, IN it seems to me there was a ferry boat there years ago that carried cars across the Ohio River.

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Fri, 12/14/12 10:38 PM
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Brad
 
Clifty Falls and Inn are nice but if you head a little further west you reach Spring Mill State Park and Inn, MUCH better Inn.
 
http://www.in.gov/dnr/par.../springmill/index.html
 
It is still an easy drive to Madison, and to Paoli and French Lick and West Baden too.
 
Carlton - Vevay hasnt had a ferry since the dam was built in the sixites, Rising Sun had a passenger ferry, but it has since stopped running and Aurora had a car ferry for many a year but with the bridge opening in 1978 the traffic moved to the bridge and the ferry went away.
 
There is still a ferry running at Anderson Ferry (US 50 between Lawrenceburg and Cincinnati)
 
Spring Mill also has the Grissom Museum, a tribute to my favorite astronaut. Virigl I Grissom.
 
OK off the topic Does anyone know how Virgil I Grissom got his nick name "Gus"?????

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Sat, 12/15/12 2:40 PM
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The story that I heard was that it was given him by a reporter who called him a "Gloomy Gus" because of his habitual avoidance of media types.
Gus, and the rest of the original 'Mercury Seven' were my boyhood idols and true American heroes, as are all of our astronauts both living and deceased.

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Sat, 12/15/12 7:59 PM
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At Purdue he and some of his friends were playing cards and Virgil was score keeping.  He shortened everyone's names, he shortened his to
Gris.  Now look at his name as you were looking at it across the table (upside down) His fellow card players asked him when he changed his name to GUS, they all laughed and they name stuck.
 
Gris = Gus
His older friends from before purdue still called him Gris or Virgil, but from that year on at Purdue, he was mostly called GUS.


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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Sat, 12/15/12 8:49 PM
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CajunKing


Clifty Falls and Inn are nice but if you head a little further west you reach Spring Mill State Park and Inn, MUCH better Inn.
Thanks Don, but I stayed at Spring Mill back in 2010 and I want to stay at each inn once before doing any revisits.  So far it's been Turkey Run, Spring Mill, McCormick's Creek, and Brown County, which leaves Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, and Pokagon (iffy because of location) yet.  Plus there's General Butler in Kentucky, just over the river.  I just wish I'd known about the inns sooner!

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Sat, 12/15/12 10:58 PM
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pokagon is a cool one for the winter it has a toboggan run that is AWESOME!!!!!!

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Mon, 12/17/12 8:11 PM
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Vevay is also the home of Belteria (SP) the Hotel Casino complex located pretty far from everywhere ! You can stay in pretty nice surroundings for cheap on their weekday specials.
 
Madison/Clifty Falls and Hanover are interesting places to explore. Hanover gained recognition when 'Woody Harrelson' claimed it was his home on the TV show CHEERS'. He used to claim the two towns Hanover and French Lick were side-by-side rivals  with very rural identities...They are 90 or more miles apart, and have not a lot in common...Hanover is a college town looking very 'New English'  and French Lick has been a resort/Casino/Spa center for over 100 years, plus being the home of Larry Bird.   Come check out So Indiana..an interesting place for sure.
<message edited by mayor al on Mon, 12/17/12 8:12 PM>

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Mon, 12/17/12 8:36 PM
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There is more than just corn in Indiana
I like to visit TheOverlook.com they have very good chicken dinners and a nice choice of desserts, and the scenery if very pretty in all the seasons.

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Mon, 12/17/12 8:41 PM
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mayor al

Vevay is also the home of Belteria (SP) the Hotel Casino complex located pretty far from everywhere ! You can stay in pretty nice surroundings for cheap on their weekday specials.
Back in the early 70s, we were visiting our family in Vevay and staying in a local flea bag motel.  It was so awful and full of bugs, my mother got us up in the middle of the night and moved us to a much better hotel in Madison.  Wish they had the nicer accomodations back then. 


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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Mon, 12/17/12 11:47 PM
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This afternoon, having nothing else to do ( I think Judge Judy was a rerun ), I drove the approx. 50 miles down to Madison to try the burgers at Hinkle's. This is definitely a place that Roadfooders should check out if they're in the area. The burgers, which come with pickles and grilled onions, are small but rather tasty. The fries aren't anything special but they're quite alright, but I suggest passing on the chili. It tastes good enough but is rather underspiced, no "heat" at all. I ate at the counter where I could watch the burgers being grilled, and I recommend this rather than the dining room ( there are separate entrances so be sure to enter under the classic overhead sign. )

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Mon, 12/17/12 11:52 PM
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Ok Bob. Now you have to drive the 80 miles to Bloomington and compare the two Hinkles. I expect a full report :-)

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Tue, 12/18/12 8:55 AM
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carolina bob


This afternoon, having nothing else to do ( I think Judge Judy was a rerun ), I drove the approx. 50 miles down to Madison to try the burgers at Hinkle's. This is definitely a place that Roadfooders should check out if they're in the area. The burgers, which come with pickles and grilled onions, are small but rather tasty.
Bob, are the burgers prepared like they are in Bloomington, as Hatteras04 described?  Or are the onions grilled separately and then added when the burger is assembled?  I did email Hinkle's a few days ago and was told that burgers are available anytime.
 

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Wed, 12/19/12 11:27 PM
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Brad, the burger prep at the Madison Hinkle's is different than at their Bloomington namesake. The grillman slaps a frozen patty on the hot grill where finely chopped onions are already sizzling away, then he plops some of the onions on top of the patty as it's cooking. As I said, the burgers there were pretty good, but the description of how the burgers are done in Bloomington actually sounds more interesting. Maybe I'll get a chance to head over there and check them out before I pack up and move back north to Crook Cook County this spring ( this time for good. )

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Fri, 12/21/12 2:43 PM
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Once again, CarolinaBob proves he's The Man!  Thanks for driving over and reporting back.  There may have to be a trip to this area sometime in the Spring.  CB, how far away is this from that Fried chicken place you were writing about not long ago?

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Fri, 12/21/12 7:27 PM
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Thanks, Cliff. It's been a while since anyone's acknowledged me as The Man. Madison, the home of Hinkle's, is roughly fifty miles south of Batesville, and Penntown, where the Old Brick Tavern is located, is about five miles east of here. Moving day back north for me is the last Thursday in March, so, if you'd like to have a free tour guide to the area, try to get here before then.

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Fri, 12/21/12 7:47 PM
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CB-
I'd really like to make that happen.  Let's see how the schedule shakes out after the new year.

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Fri, 12/21/12 8:03 PM
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Madison has a couple of really cool music festivals.  The Folk Festival is in the spring and the BBQ/Blues festival is in the summer.  My friend there is in charge of the Ribberfest as it's known.  They always have really good musical talent and excellent food as well.  Madison is an amazing all-american city.

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Re:Hinkle's (Madison, IN) - Tue, 01/22/13 1:11 PM
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In my experience, the tenderloin at Hinkle's is not a Top 10. 
And while I enjoy both parks, the Inn at SM doesn't hold a candle to CF.