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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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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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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Brunch in Indy
A Tasty Start to Any Day

From locally roasted coffee, to red velvet pancakes, to boozy breakfast cocktails, we know brunch is an important part of every quality weekend. Follow along as we share our favorite spots – including some knock-your-socks-off cinnamon toast.

OUR GUIDE TO BRUNCH IN INDY

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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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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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