Not at all undercut by its underrated curb appeal, Kountry Kitchen is a soul food gem that has served up delicious, made-from-scratch dishes in Indianapolis for more than 20 years. Celebrity clientele aside, believe all the hype about their spacious dining, smothered pork chops that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and the raved fried catfish fillets.
Go lighter: Indulge in the baked chicken.
Don’t be fooled by the attached gas station. This cozy downtown Indianapolis soul food hot spot boasts more than their deservingly famous fried chicken and waffles. You won’t have any regrets starting with the fried green tomatoes, continuing with the smothered chicken, and finishing with a slice of Maxine’s layered carmel cake.
Go lighter: Enjoy the grilled tilapia salad.
Bar-B-Q Heaven started with one restaurant in Indianapolis in 1952. Now with more locations, including one in Lucas Oil Stadium, it’s not hard to get your hands on their authentic and distinctive open pit goodness. For the signature heavenly experience and a dinner full of flavor, pair the corn on the cob and potato salad with the famous rib tips.
Go lighter: Give the turkey ribs a try.
From the turkey manhattan to the cole slaw-stacked fried bologna barbecue sandwich, it’s clear that His Place is not a cookie cutter soul food restaurant. To get the full effect of this welcoming eatery’s unique flare, save room for the southern fried chicken, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese while also indulging in the crave-worthy sweet potato cheesecake.
Go lighter: Have the garlic rosemary roasted chicken.
Offering a big taste, small prices, and overall southern comfort, Taste Budd’s feeds you like family. Stop in at breakfast time for fried catfish or chicken wings and grits for under $5. For a full belly at lunch or dinner, order the fried pork chop dinner small plate with two sides (hands down the fried okra and candied yams).
Go lighter: Get the made-to-order omelet with turkey bacon.
Their sign reads: “Your Must Eat Here” and if you fancy cheese pie, memorable cornbread, and all things fried, they’re right—you should. The pan-fried chicken, fried cabbage, and fried corn are must-tries to name a few. Family-style dining is all you can eat on Sundays at this South Broad Ripple (SoBro) restaurant, so bring your appetite and be prepared to leave with your belly brimming with happiness.
Go lighter: The vegetable plate, but choose wisely.
The Eagle redefines soul food with free range, all natural Amish chicken. We recommend trying the fried chicken with the house made hot honey. Enjoy an upbeat environment while indulging in a delicious meal and sipping on your choice of more than 100 craft beers and cocktail.
Go lighter: Order the chopped salad.