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    Bazbeaux: Thin Crust Pizza

    by staindesign Written Dec 15, 2013

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    The standard thin crust pizza is delicious. There are 3 locations: downtown on Mass Ave., Broad Ripple, and Carmel Arts District. The place is very casual, but the quality seems to be higher end.

    Favorite Dish: I recommend the Garden or the Quatro Formaggio. Both are very different yet extremely tasty!

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    Old Point Tavern: Drinks on Mass Ave

    by staindesign Written Dec 2, 2013

    Old Point is on the corner of Mass ave. It's been around forever and has a very local flavor. The staff is awesome, the drinks are strong, and the food is delicious! Since the place sits on a corner there are lots of windows to people watch and they have a big patio during the summer. This place is a great place to visit before a show at the Murat or to just hang with friends. Mass ave is an indy district that should be called Indy's "Theatre distrct".

    Favorite Dish: Best Chicken Nachos in town! They can feed 2-3 ppl easily for $9! And they have a rockin' ceazer salad.

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    Petite Chou: A french cafe in Broadripple

    by staindesign Updated Dec 2, 2013

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    Petite Chou is a luncheon staple for my friends and I. They have several locations around the city, as well as, a gourmet pizzeria call Napolese within the local franchise also. Each location is lovely, very chic modern French bistro style. Some locations serve dinner and some only serve breakfast and lunch. The food is amazing. The wine lists are amazing. The decor is amazing.

    Locations include:
    Clay Terrace
    Fashion mall
    Keystone @ crossing
    Broad ripple
    49th @ Penn
    Indianapolis International Airport

    Favorite Dish: I have many favorites. Petite Chou: Tomato Artichoke soup, caramel apple crepes, and the chicken salad. Napolese: Brusselsprout salad & the wine list.

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    Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis: Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis

    by TravellerMel Written Nov 26, 2013

    Another great location for this American food franchise. Room in the back is dedicated to Gary, IN natives The Jacksons - especially Michael and Janet. Party room was bustling (a Christian Youth Conference was in town). This location holds a special place in my heart, because in 2005 when I was evacuated from Hurricane Katrina, I found myself at this café for lunch. I talked to the bartender, just conversationally, that I had only packed enough clothing for 3 days, as I thought I would be back home by now. The staff pitched in money and the cafe's manager presented me with a Hard Rock shirt - he said, even if I only slept in it, it would help a little. I was very touched, and remember that kindness to this day. And I still have the shirt! :-)

    Favorite Dish: Had the turkey burger and fries - still too large to eat the whole thing, but oh-so-good!

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    Monon Coffee Company: Non-chain Coffee tastes local

    by staindesign Written Nov 3, 2013

    This is the best non-chain coffee house in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indy. With an eclectic style from decor to patrons and yummy vegan treats, it's a great place to support local.

    Favorite Dish: Local vegan treats :)

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    The Thirsty Scholar: Beautiful Cafe

    by staindesign Written Oct 24, 2013

    I have fallen in love with this little gem. It's a coffee cafe that sells coffee, beer, wine, and desserts. It has a European cafe/ 20's speak easy style. The huge windows let's lots of light in even on gray days.

    Favorite Dish: The brewed coffee was delicious!

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    Wasabi on 86th: Spicy plastic!

    by staindesign Updated Sep 2, 2013

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    This sushi restuarant has the best salad dressing in town. It's peanut ginger is delicious. Overall, the food is decent. A little over priced for the quality. I worked in a sushi restuarant for a few years so I suppose I'm a bit of a sushi snob tho. The menu is a tad boring, but I always see awesome specialty rolls on the board when I come in yet no one has ever offered them to me. The best place to sit is in the front by the big windows, the back is dark and sort of strange.

    Favorite Dish: The house salad with the peanut ginger is awesome! Also, the mistake roll is truly original here. It's a fried spicy tuna roll dressed with spicy mayo on top. I'm sure it is a huge favorite for most customers, you can't find a comparable tempura spicy tuna roll in the city.

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    The Greek Islands Restaurant: Opa!

    by staindesign Updated Sep 2, 2013

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    A quaint little Greek place on the south edge of downtown. Family owned since 1987. This little slice of Greek heaven was found thanks to devour downtown. It was fortunate I misread the promotional menu and decided to come to this diamond in the ruff. We decided on a sampler platter that feed us both for $19. The flamed Saganaki was tasty even with the low ceilings. The belly dancer was amazing, she twirled and clanged her finger symbols like an artist.

    *Devour downtown is a biannual event that encourages locals to come downtown to eat at all the fancy restaurants. It's a $30 3 course meal. If you are in town during these events, its a great ways to eat in some swanky places for not much green!

    **the mistake was that I thought the sampler was the meal, but it was only lunch and a pork chop was the dinner deal.

    Favorite Dish: The sampler platter is the way to go at $19, that's just $8.50 per person for dinner. The server said that she wasn't sure if it would be enough for us (2 adults), it was plenty. We had left overs after we gorged ourselves.

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    Yats: Cajun in Indy

    by staindesign Updated Sep 2, 2013

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    Yat's provides real food at economical prices. The Cajun creole menu changes on the regular, but it is typical to have 7 options with at least 2 of them vegetarian. It's a laid back place that shouts out your name when your meal is ready and extra bread is only 50 cents. You'll probably love it like I do and want more.

    This is a big hot spot for locals around the city. You can pick up a Nuvo here, our local social paper.

    Favorite Dish: I always get the Spinach & Mushroom Etouffee. It is a thick sauce served over white rice and accompanied with a chunk of fresh bread with chili oil butter on top.

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    Corner Wine Bar: Cozy Wine Bar

    by staindesign Written Aug 10, 2013

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    Indy is lucky enough to have some great neighborhoods to explore and one of my personal favorites is Broad Ripple. Here you can find a cute little place called the Corner Wine Bar. They have a huge wine list. The out door seating is fantastic in the summer bc they have good tree shade. The inside is extremely cute & cozy. You can find this restaurant on 'Chow Down Midtown' once a year, which promotes locals visiting local restaurants. It's a $30 per person deal that involves 3 courses. You can find more info at:

    Over all great location, delicious food, and large wine selection.

    Favorite Dish: They have a seasonal menu, so it's hard to say a favorite meal. But the food is very fresh and always delicious.

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    Dufour's in Irvington: Sandwiches that are unique

    by Toughluck Updated Apr 4, 2011

    In a restored old building along East Washington (the old National Road) and U.S. 40 is Dufour's. This was once the busling center of the eastside of Indianapolis. Today, the homes are still grand and the neighborhoods beautiful. The main street has been ravaged by the development of shopping malls and super stores along the outer belt of the city. Now in restoration, Dufour's reveals the quiet charm of days long gone.

    The food is well done, sandwiches with the added touch of fruit, exotic cheese or unique breads.

    Swiss, Muenster, and Cheddar cheeses grilled on
    Texas toast with tomato and mayo.
    Our Signature Sandwich.

    Cream cheese with spinach, light red onion,
    shredded carrot, tomato, and ranch spread served
    on a toasted whole wheat bagel.

    Cappuccinos, Lattes, Espressos, Steamers,
    Handmade Hot Chocolate and
    Additional Oven Specialties!

    Specialties from the Oven
    Breakfast and Lunch

    Breakfast is served:
    Tues. thru Sat. until 10:45 AM Our Hours:
    Tues. thru Fri.: 7:15 AM - 3:00 PM
    Sat.: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Closed Sunday and Monday

    Lunch is served:
    Tues. thru Sat. 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM

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    Bubbaz: Bargain priced; excellent food

    by GeneralTsao Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bubbaz is a bar. I first went there because the name was unusual--for a Northern place. I'd have not thought twice about a bar named Bubba's in Nashville, for example.

    Nonetheless, Bubbaz has an interesting assortment of people--black and white, large age range, but mostly 20s to 40s.

    Loud music, live DJ some nights. 27 TV screens (you might call this a sports bar).

    The food is great! They serve sandwiches, seafood, pizza, steaks, and something called a Tenderloin sandwich.

    Prices range from $2 to $10. A really yummy sirloin steak is only $6. Great value!

    Worst thing about this place is the grumpy old lady who sits there every night and is mean to people. She has her own monogrammed stool there. Bubbaz would do well to fire her.

    Favorite Dish: Mmmm, love their Chili & Grilled Cheese ($2.99), crab cakes are good, steaks are really good, and their Tenderloin Sandwich is incredible!

    We don't have such a thing in Nashville, far as I'm aware.

    The Tenderloin is about 7 or 8 inches in diameter, served on a bun, which is silly because you need to eat this thing with a knife and fork, it's so big. The price is something like $5.

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    Smokehouse Café: Gourmet BBQ in Greenwood

    by erudisel Updated Apr 4, 2011


    Gourmet Barbeque? Is this possible? Astoundingly yes, it is. Chef Kenny New and owner Marco Solari provide the best BBQ in the state just 15 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis in the suburb of Greenwood. The meats are smoked in a state-of-the-art indoor smoker in the rear of the kitchen. Chef Kenny prepares the meat with a rub of spices and herbs before smoking and then lets the smoke do the rest. This is Texas-style barbeque. All meats are served without sauces, though sauces are available at the tables (please don't ruin this beautiful meat by smothering it in sauce!). The baby back ribs are to die for. They literally fall off the bone. I know it is cliché to say so, but it is true here.

    For desert you must try the New York-style cheesecake. It is made from scratch by Chef Kenny and Chef Gordon (who also makes tasty bread pudding).

    If you aren't sure what you'd like to eat, check out the Sunday morning "jazz brunch". A trio of the city's most talented jazz musicians provide the perfect ambiance for this delicatable experience. The banquet room is set up every Sunday between 11 am and 2 pm for a buffet. I know, I didn't think you could get quality food at a buffet either, but trust me, you can. The chefs personally oversee the buffet, making omelets to order, slicing roast beef, and mingling with the crowd. All the patrons rave about Chef Gordon's bread pudding. It is definitely the most elegant buffet I have seen outside of Las Vegas.

    If you go, let Chef Kenny know that I sent you. He has been known to try out new dishes on friends of friends. You never know what he might be concocting for his newest menu item.

    And as a side note, if you happen to be traveling from abroad to Indianapolis, have no fear of going here. Marco, the owner, speaks Italian, Spanish, English, French, and German. He knows culture and he knows food. Wish him the best of luck in his new venture.

    Favorite Dish: Ribs, ribs, ribs. I didn't even like ribs until I tried them here. They are so tender that you will have a hard time believing it yourself. The food critics in Indy even love this place.

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    Mug n' Bun: An Indy tradition for over 50 years!

    by Vulindlela Updated Oct 15, 2010

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    Mug n' Bun is a great place to get some good Hoosier favorites, including a giant pork loin burger.
    They also have some excellent root beer in a frosty mug.

    It is a drive in restaurant with outdoor seating also. They have indoor seating for the winter months.

    Favorite Dish: Pork loin sandwich with sweet potato fries and a frosty root beer.
    It's a lot of frid food but so tasty!

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    The Old Spaghetti Factory: One of the best dowwntown

    by Threefor10 Written Sep 7, 2009

    Favorite Dish: Spaghetti with browned butter and mizithra cheese. By itself or with chicken marsala.
    Dinner price includes salad and afterwords a cup of vanilla or spumoni ice cream.
    Beautiful woodwork and paintings.
    Less than one block from circle center mall parking garage.

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