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
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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

James Beard Food Scene
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James Beard Food Scene

Four Recognitions in 2020

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Ethnic Eats
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Ethnic Eats

Indy's International Marketplace

  • A thriving immigrant community has proudly brought their authentic cuisines to Indy’s near northwest side.
  • Discover the flavors, spices, and unique dishes of Ethiopia, India, the Middle East, Peru, Japan, and many more.
  • The New York Times declared that it’s “Where the World Comes to Eat.”
Indy's Food Halls
St. Elmo Steak House
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St. Elmo Steak House

Indy's Iconic Dining Establishment

  • Travel Channel named the 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 cocktails, and Harry & Izzy's offers comparable cuisine in a laid back atmosphere.

 

Farm-to-Table Tastes
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Farm-to-Table Tastes

Locally Sourced from Indiana Farms

  • Being surrounded by rich farmland has its perks as Indy chefs get access to food from the hands of growers.
  • Travel to Traders Point Creamery and taste dairy products from grass-fed cattle in their farmstead restaurant.
  • Taste Indiana's farm fresh food at Public Greens, Goose the Market, Vida & more.
Vegan & Vegetarian
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Vegan & Vegetarian

Plant-Based Options

You don’t have to be an herbivore to enjoy the vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Indianapolis. From freshly squeezed juices to Indian curry, here are a few of our favorite eateries for showcasing plant-based dining options. 

VEGAN & VEGETARIAN DINING 

Boozy Brunch
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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. 

As Seen on TV
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As Seen on TV

Restaurants Featured on Screen

Where did Guy Fieri munch on a pork sandwich piled high with kale? What food challenge defeated Man vs. Food host Adam Richman? What sandwich did Mark Summer declare Best Thing I Ever Ate? Get all the answers.

INDY FOOD ON TV

Breweries & Distilleries
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Breweries & Distilleries

Local Flavors, Please.

  • Taste your way through Indy's best beers, spirits, and wines while earning rewards with the Indy Craft Pass.
  • Tour Indy’s craft breweries with the Indy Brew Bus or make a reservation on the Handlebar to enjoy a beverage (or two, or three) while pedaling with friends.

GUIDE TO INDY BREWERIES

City Market
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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.
Indy Coffeehouses
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Indy Coffeehouses

Find the best peppermint hot chocolate

Get your caffeine buzz at one of our local coffeehouses. Sitting down over a cup of java at Calvin Fletcher's, Provider, or Bovaconti is an ideal way to discover neighborhoods and intersect with local culture.

GUIDE TO INDY COFFEEHOUSES

Le Meridien
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Le Meridien

Indy Classic Gets Reinvented

  • Upscale and sophisticated, this hotel is a unique boutique property with a long history.
  • Signature dining is served up at Spoke & Steele, with locally sourced products leading an imaginative menu.

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Indy Eats
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Indy Eats

Restaurants ready to serve you

  • Use quick links to order online.
  • Find establishments with outdoor seating.
  • Sort by area of town.

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