This place is awesome. The best pizza in a really comfortable atmosphere. The pizza is quite gourmet, I love pizza so I am very serious about a good pizza. I make my own usually b/c it is hard to find a good pizza, but this place tastes better than mine and the ingredients are of high quality. I respect their pizza dough, they don't use bleached flour; you can feel good about what you are eatting. They are always rated as the top pizza in Indy, and they are really growing with 11 locations now. 6 here in Indy, 2 in Lafette(purdue-area), 2 in Bloomington(IU), and now 1 in Louisville, KY.
The service is relaxed, they aren't in a big hurry. So go to relax at night, but lunch is great and fast if you need it to be! They have amazing pizza, salad, soda special.
Lunch - under $10
Dinner - $11 - $20
Favorite Dish: The two pizzas that I love are: King of Hearts - w/ articokes & Margarita- fresh sliced roma tomatos, basil, fontina cheese (w/ canadian bacon added-extra)
The best salad is the BBQ chicken salad- It is amazing!
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.
Keystone @ crossing
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.
To begin with this place has a great rep. around town for the quality of food they produce. And the clientel are dressed from fancy to casuel, I saw a few families there with their young children to people there on dates. The interior design of the restaurant doesn't please me much. It is so modern that it looks cold. The colors are dark, the tables are metal. The place is small, but there really isn't many tables or lights in the restaurant. There is lots of space between the tables, so sitting at the tables makes me feel like i'm eatting my food by myself in the dark. I prefer to sit at the sushi bar because there is more light and the colors of the food behind the glass makes it feel more inviting. The staff is very knowledgable and very concerned with your meal experience. This is a great place to go with a group of friends or family, but I wouldn't recommend it for a first date if you have to sit at a table.
Favorite Dish: First I would like to start off saying that this place has the best sushi I have ever had. My friend Edy is the head sushi chef here and he is fantastic. If you have the chance sit at the sushi bar and talk with him and he will fix you right up! I tried the tuna tartar ($11) it was fantastic. Since we had never had much sushi he fixed us up with unagi (eel), shrimp, yellowtail, and salmon Nigiri. Then we split the Pork Ribs: slowly braised with brussel sprout slaw, sweet potato chips, and the ribs were in the best BBQ sauce. (spicy & sweet). And they have an extensive wine and saki list. For two people we spent about $80 which included the tip.
This is a restored dinner from the old Woolworth. In the 1950's, heading down to diner in town was the to go to the center of life. Yes, Happy Day's with 'Arnold's Drive-in' exist, but in the east, and in the cities, that was replaced by the diner at the 'five and dime' (5 & 10 cent) store.
The Fountain Diner has refound itself and has become a revitalized part of the restoration of the Fountain Square neighborhood.
Favorite Dish: The stand-out items? Humm, I'd have to think. You don't come here for 'cuisine'. You come here for the burgers n fries and the milkshakes. That might be it the Milk shakes. Of coures, what you're really looking for is the people. The teen's coming and going to the bowling alley upstairs. The families with small kids sitting back where the kids can play and not bother anyone. The people on the street through the big picture windows.
You want really 'Deli' food? You don't have to go to New York. Shapiro's on the southside of downtown is the best Deli, and it's authentic. It's a breakfast and lunch place. Get in line and know what you want. I often stand out of line going over the menu. Full diner meals, sandwiches, kosher, all the right touches. But they move lots of people through during the lunch hours, so they don't give you much time to decide once in line.
The prices are high, but you get your full value. Examples:
Roast Turkey Sandwich: $7.30
Pastrami Sandwich: $9.60
Devilled Eggs: $2.50
Potato Sallad: $2.05
Favorite Dish: I still go for the Pastrami. There's nothing like the spiced taste of this preserved meat. wow.
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.
I love this restaurant, and the great part is that even though the food is good and healthy it is fairly cheap! The restaurant is in a house in broadripple ( a cultural district in Indy). Everytime that I have eaten here i have sat on the porch of the house. They serve breakfast and lunch. And the staff is really nice, my friend Malorie works there, so you should ask for her to be your server. It isn't on the main strip of broadripple, but it is still active around there, so you can still do some great people watching.
Favorite Dish: I had the grilled cheese sandwich. I loved it. You get to choose any combination of 4 or all 4. I had swiss and mozz. and for 75¢ each you can have other toppings, I had wild mushrooms and tomatos. With the meal you get a choice of 5 sides; apple sauce, rice, soup, potato salad, or chili. I had the soup and it was homemade chicken noodle, it was good, but it needed salt. My boyfriend had the grill pork tenderloin, it was also fantastic. The spices they use to flavor the meat is great! I especially like the organic coffee that they serve!
This place is fantastic! One side of the store is a deli and the other side is a coffee shop with a candy store. They have out door seating in the summer and the fall. It is right on the circle so you can do some great people watching. The chocolates are pretty expensive, but they are delicious. Plus the store looks very cute in the front because of all of the different ways they have for boxing the chocolates in decorative boxes.
Favorite Dish: I love the hot chocolate, it is very chocolately and it is topped with whipped cream, cho. syrup, cho. shavings, and a cherry. In my opinion, a small will do you, because of the chocolate intensity. Small $1.93 w? tax. I love the chocolates there too. I always get the Cho. Haystacks, which are cho. with coconut. 2 pieces = $1.30 w/ tax. They have everything from turtles, to toffee, to chocolate covered cherries and chocolate covered blue berries!
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.
Illinois St. downtown is lined up and down with restaurants from near the RCA Dome at Maryland St. to a few blocks north of there. It is mostly chain restaurants, but mainly the upscale ones like Ruth's Chris or Buca di Beppo. There are a few local places too, and the side streets also have a few places just off Illinois St.
If you are looking for a good variety of choices, this is the place to be.
The Old Spaghetti Factory is a chain restaurant that is mostly located on the west coast, with only a few locations east of the state of Colorado. The food was OK compared to other upscale Italian chains. Its nothing special. If you want an Italian chain restaurant while in town, head to Buca di Beppo.
Favorite Dish: I had the Chicken Parmigiana. Like I said before, it was OK.
On the north side of Indianapolis is a pizza place that does a good job of making a great tasting pizza.
I asked around at my hotel and this place was recommended. So if the locals like it, you know you're heading in the right direction!
Amici's is located in an old house with a small storefront facade, it looks like one of those old corner candy stores where the owner made their own candy and lived upstairs. Amici's is the perfect little place to take a date for a romantic Italian dinner.
Given its location away from many of the downtown restaurants (and crowds) as well as its small size, Amici's offers up a nice semi-private dining experience. But I have also been there on nights when seductive Italian women belly dance around the restaurant, but then that was a long time ago when fewer people came (or stayed) downtown; and, perhaps too much wine was involved that night.
Favorite Dish: The Chicken Gorgonzola is my personal fav...
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: www.chowdownmidtown.com
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.
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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