Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2018

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Using top-quality prime beef from the same farmers that supply St. Elmo with its legendary steaks and serving it on custom-baked buns, Burger Study takes the familiar patty and elevates it a number of notches without losing sight of its humble origins. "We found it important to highlight that our beef burgers are sourced from the same Midwest farms where St. Elmo sources award-winning steaks," says Charlotte Gretter, marketing manager, St. Elmo Steak House. "We're proud to recognize all of the local farmers and purveyors we partner with." Of the nine beef burgers on offer, the Double Major is probably the most traditional, and ranks as one of our favorites. Two thinly pressed patties are seared until the edges are crispy (a sine qua non of the genre), then served simply on a fluffy potato bun with American cheese and Burger Study's proprietary sauce. If the Double Major offers a bachelor's degree in burgers, the Prime Degree must qualify for a master's. Fashioned from dry-aged beef, topped with Smoking Goose bacon and various garnishes, and served on a sesame brioche bun, this juicy, intensely flavored specimen will satisfy even the most discerning burger aficionado. Continuing the theme, the Doctorate, also shaped from 14-day dry-aged beef, is topped with Hudson Valley foie gras, whipped brie and caramelized onions. "Our guests are accustomed to high quality and the best ingredients," says Chef Ryan Pickering. A dish that would not be at all out of place around the corner, the Doctorate might be considered the gateway burger to St. Elmo. 85

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