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Foodies flock to Bluebeard to taste culinary creations from Chef Abbi Merriss Jason Lavengood Photography

Trip Ideas for Foodies

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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"THE PLEASURE TO DELIGHT OTHERS."

As the newest addition to locally-based Cunningham Restaurant Group, Modita takes meaning from its name, "the pleasure to delight others." This Asian-inspired fine eatery, located in Bottleworks Hotel, delves into Asian dining culture and the pageantry of celebrating food with others. 

See Executive Chef Arianne Holsapple in action here.

THOMAS MELVIN, VIDA, RECOGNIZED IN 2022

  • Thomas Melvin is recognzied as a Semifinalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes for the 2022 James Beard Awards.

  • Melvin has put Vida at the forefront of the Indy's dining experience, creating an expression of culinary excellance with wordly influence. 

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 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.

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

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. 

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

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.

TIME FOR PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING

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.

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