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

El Fresco Dining at Bluebeard

Located in Fletcher Place, Bluebeard is helmed by Abbi Merriss whose culinary talent has led to multiple James Beard Award…

Indianapolis 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.

As Voted on By Indy Locals

We know every memorable trip begins and ends with a great meal. That's why we asked Indy Like a Locals - Indy advocates coming from a diverse background of artists, entrepreneurs, educators, city leaders, and more - to lend their voices to showcase Indy's Best Restaurants.

Read on to explore 40 locally owned restaurants across eight categories that best represent Indianapolis. 

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 Recommendations for Mocktails and Alcohol-Free Drinks

Welcome to the vibrant world of mocktails in Indianapolis, where the city's burgeoning mocktail culture combines creativity and flavor to offer refreshing alternatives for those seeking a non-alcoholic beverage experience. 

Thomas Melvin, Vida, Recognized in 2024

  • Thomas Melvin of Vida has now been recognized twice as Best Chef: Great Lakes category from his leadership as executive chef at Vida. 
  • Vida is the only Indianapolis restaurant to earn AAA's Four Diamond Designation.
  • Chef Thomas maintains a seasonal a la carte menu and a rotating, six-course meal.

Local Flavors, Please.

  • Taste your way through Indy's best beers, spirits, and wines while earning rewards with the Indy Craft Pass.
  • Each check in earns you points to cash in for Indy-centric prizes. 
  • Over 50 breweries and distilleries are located on the Indy Crafty Pass. 

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.

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.”

"The Pleasure to Delight Others."

  • 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. 

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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