We all know that sometimes looks can be deceiving. Places that don’t look like a whole lot on the outside might be pretty amazing inside. These hole in the wall restaurants can range from stores and businesses to restaurants. Indiana is famous for great places to eat and these 13 hole in the wall restaurants prove that it’s the cooking that matters, not the outside decor.
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1. The Colonial Inn - Indianapolis
The Colonial Inn in Indianapolis is truly the definition of a dive bar and restaurant. Locals rave about the Inn's karaoke, small town feel, and excellent bar food. You can find them at 4343 Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227.
2. Panini Panini - Michigan City
Panini Panini doesn't look like much from the outside and is so tiny, many drive past it and think nothing of it. But the food is simply phenomenal! From excellent pasta and soups to fantastic salads, sandwiches, and desserts, this place is a must try. Take a bite at 1720 Franklin St, Michigan City, IN 46360.
3. Talk of the Town Pizza - Evansville
Editor's Note: Talk of the Town Pizza is permanently closed.
Talk of the Town Pizza is a fantastic surprise. The outside looks like nothing more than a house, but their pizza, sandwiches, garlic bread, and nachos are raved about! Try them out at 1200 Edgar St, Evansville, IN 47710.
4. Train Stop Deli - Anderson
Everyone in Anderson, Indiana knows the best sandwiches in town come from this little dive shop, Train Stop Deli. You can test them out at 1508 Central Ave, Anderson, IN 46016.
5. C & T Market - West Lafayette
Editor's Note: C&T Market is permanently closed.
C & T Market is a tiny Chinese restaurant that locals rave about in West Lafayette. Next time you're heading through, stop in and try them at 360 Brown St
West Lafayette, IN 47906.
6. El Trebol Mexican Market & Restaurant - Richmond
El Trebol is a hidden gem located in eastern Indiana in Richmond. But be careful, blink and you might miss it. Try their famous tacos and more at 1625 E Main St, Richmond, IN 47374.
7. Powers Hamburgers - Fort Wayne
With over 50 years in the industry, Powers Hamburgers is a local downtown Fort Wayne treasure often overlooked by those unfamiliar with their fame. Powers Hamburgers are famous for their sliders, which most swear are the best sliders around. You can find them at 1402 S Harrison St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.
8. George's Cafe - Terre Haute
Editor's Note: George's Cafe is permanently closed.
This Mediterranean cafe is a hidden gem in Terre Haute, offering locals specialties like Lebanese coffee, falafel, gyros, and much more. Find them at 627 Cherry St, Terre Haute, IN 47807.
9. The Owlery - Bloomington
The Owlery seemingly disappears into the central Bloomington background, but is an absolute must try for foodies, vegans, and those with gluten sensitivities. They put an American spin on vegan and vegetarian foods, offering meatless alternatives to classic dishes. Check them out at 118 W 6th St, Bloomington, IN 47404.
10. South Street Smokehouse - Lafayette
Looking for he hands down best BBQ joint around Lafayette? South Street Smokehouse is a hole in the wall, local legend for brisket, ribs, and so much more. See for yourself at 3305 S St, Lafayette, IN 47904.
11. Sabor de la Vida
Locals rave this little place is one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in the region. The exterior and interior design may not look like much, but once you try one of their Mexican dishes, you'll be hooked. Get eating at 2436 Cottage Ave, Columbus, IN 47201.
12. Alley Cat Lounge - Indianapolis
This Broad Ripple lounge is a popular spot to eat, drink, and enjoy local music. That is, if you can find it. Voted the best dive bar in the city by NUVO many years in a row, you're bound to love anything you try at this local gem. Try to find it yourself at 6267 Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220.
13. TC's Restaurant and Tavern - Battle Ground
You'll find heaping portions of fantastic pub food at TC's Restaurant and Tavern. From giant tenderloins to their famous catfish, you can't go wrong at TC's. You can find them at 109 N Railroad St, Battle Ground, IN 47920.
Have you ever visited any of these tasty hole in the wall restaurants? Did we miss any of your favorite, hidden spots? Let us know!