THINGS EVERY FOODIE SHOULD DO IN INDY

When you travel your day always begins and ends with a good meal. You value the authentic experience a meal provides - the process, the artistry, the connection to a place and a culture.

Your dinner plate is the stage and the kitchen provides the drama. You’re a foodie. Follow along as we share the best of Indy’s culinary happenings. 

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Top 25 Local Restaurants
Locals Voted for Their Favorites

Dine your way through Indy, checking off our top 25 restaurants, as voted by Indy locals. From fancy steakhouses to drive-in diners and ethnic eateries, here’s where you’ll find unique dishes only found here. 

TOP 25 LOCAL RESTAURANTS GUIDE

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Prairie Plates
Unique Dining Experience at Conner Prairie

  • Celebrates farm-to-table food and craft drink movement 
  • Meals are prepared by region’s top chefs and gourmet artisans
  • Dine on a covered bridge, in a Lenape Indian village, or under the stars 
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Vegan and Vegetarian Dining
We Have You Covered

You don’t have to be an herbivore to enjoy the new vegetarian and vegan restaurants that have popped up all over Indianapolis. From freshly squeezed juices to Indian curry, here are a few of our favorite eateries for showcasing vegetarian and vegan options. 

VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN DINING 

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Indy's Top Patios
From rooftop decks to hidden courtyards

Long days, warm nights, and fresh food from the garden: patio season is here in Indiana. From Iozzo's hidden courtyard to the bocce ball courts at B's Po Boy, here's our round-up of Indy's must-try spots for outdoor dining.

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Farmers Market Season in Indy
Fresh food straight from the garden

Indiana has been an agricultural hub in the United States for decades. From tomatoes and strawberries to corn and blackberries, the Hoosier state has provided fresh produce from farm fields to our kitchen tables. 

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Food Truck Festivals
Haute Cuisine Served On Location

  • Hit Georgia Street every Friday from April to October for lunch offerings served up by the food truck chefs
  • Tour local art galleries and then indulge at First Friday Food Truck Festival at the Old National Centre
  • Try the grilled cheese (with braised pork) from Scratch Truck, Rustic Chicken Pie from Duos, or a pile of Groovy Guys Fries

INDY FOOD TRUCKS

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Boozy Brunch
Weekends are for brunching

Brunch without booze is just breakfast. Here are 18 spots that serve up the best in brunch – from beignets and Bloody Marys, to meatballs and mimosas. 

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International Marketplace
Epicenter of Ethnic Cuisine

  • A thriving immigrant community lives on Indy’s near northwest side, and they have proudly brought their authentic cuisines to Indy
  • Discover the flavors, spices, and unique dishes of Ethiopia, India, the Middle East, Peru, Japan, and many more
  • The New York Times said it’s “Where the World Comes to Eat
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City Market
Food, Beer, and Indy Culture

  • 30+ local artisan vendors selling a variety of ethnic foods, fresh produce, meats and retail treasures
  • Voted #1 historic public food market in the U.S. by Country Living
  • First opened in 1886, the Indianapolis City Market offers tours of its Romanesque underground catacombs
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Farm-to-Table Tastes
Locally Sourced from Indiana Farms

FARM-TO-TABLE TASTES 

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As Seen on TV
Indy Restaurants Featured on TV

Where did Guy Fieri munch on a pork sandwich piled high with kale? What Indy food challenge proved too great for Man vs. Food host Adam Richman? What legendary sandwich did Mark Summer declare was the Best Thing I Ever Ate? Get answers to these questions and more.

INDY FOOD ON TV

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Breweries
Beer, Please.

GUIDE TO INDY BREWERIES

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St. Elmo Steak House
Since 1902, Indy's Iconic Dining Establishment

  • Travel Channel named the horseradish-packed shrimp cocktail “the world’s spiciest dish,” and the restaurant was named "An American Classic" by the James Beard Foundation
  • The 1933 Lounge is great for a pre-meal cocktail, and neighboring Harry & Izzy's offers comparable cuisine in a laid back atmosphere
  • Photos of visiting celebrities cover the walls of this Indy landmark

 

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James Beard Recognized Food Scene
Three Semi-Finalists in 2017

  • Brunch at Milktooth to taste chef Jonathan Brook’s raclette grilled cheese and a legendary espresso 
  • Dine for a cause at Martha Hoover’s Public Greens, which donates all of its profits to help feed kids suffering food insecurity
  • Round out your getaway with a cheese board at Abbi Merris' Bluebeard 
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Le Meridien
Indy Classic Gets Reinvented

  • Upscale and sophisticated, this hotel opened in late 2014 as a unique boutique property
  • Signature dining is served up at Spoke & Steele, with locally sourced products leading an imaginative menu
  • For those who wake up immediately craving caffeine, the luxurious rooms include espresso machines

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