Over the past few years, Indianapolis has become one of the premiere cities in the United States for food. 10 years ago, that wasn’t the case, so us locals are in seventh heaven right now. Last year, Zagat put Indy on its list of “26 Hottest Food Cities” and these nine dishes are certainly part of the reason for that.
1. Fried Chicken (and collards) - The Eagle
The Eagle is an absolute must when you’re on Mass Ave in downtown Indy. Delicious drinks and a fun atmosphere make for an enjoyable way to spend an evening, but the food makes it even better.
The Fried Chicken. That’s what you have to get at The Eagle. The chef uses all natural, cage free chickens to create some of the best fried chicken you’ll find in the city. Get it with the collards and you won’t be disappointed.
The Eagle is located at 310 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204
2. 7 Tidals Buffalo Chicken Dip - Scotty’s Brewhouse
Owner Scott Wise created this now-iconic franchise back in 1996 and, after years of hard work, Scotty’s has turned from one location into 18. Wherever you are in Indy, you’re not far from a Scotty’s Brewhouse.
If you’re looking for an appetizer, there’s no better choice than the 7 Tidals buffalo chicken dip. This dip is made with grilled chicken, bleu and cheddar cheeses, plus Scotty’s own "Mo’Fo Hot" sauce.
Scotty’s Brewhouse is located at 1 Virginia Ave. #100, Indianapolis, IN 46204
3. Bourbon Burger - Bru Burger Bar
If you’re into burgers, Bru Burger Bar isn’t a place you can pass up. It features a wide selection of burgers and sandwiches, as well as a selection of 16 rotating craft beers and plenty of bottles.
The bourbon burger, made with bacon, peppercorn-bourbon glaze, and horseradish havarti cheese, is unbelievably good.
Bru Burger Bar is located at 410 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204
4. Tofu & Pesto Omelette - SoBro Cafe
Since 2011, this popular brunch spot has offered internationally-inspired dishes that cater to anyone and everyone — meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. If you can’t find something you’ll like on this menu, I’d be shocked.
Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, you have to try the tofu and pesto omelette. Made with garlic-cilantro pesto, blackened tofu, and goat cheese, this omelette is a perfect way to start any day.
SoBro Cafe is located at 653 E 52nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46205
5. Any Tamale - The Tamale Place
The Tamale Place really took off after it was featured on Food Network’s 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' a few years ago. It's been buzzing with business ever since.
Seriously, it’s called The Tamale Place. Try any of the phenomenal tamales and you won’t be disappointed.
The Tamale Place is located at 5226 Rockville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46224
6. Pork Schnitzel - The Rathskeller
In the summer, the Rathskeller’s main attraction is its outdoor beer garden, which features live music throughout the week. But this German beer hall isn’t just known for oasis of brews. It’s also known for its delicious food.
Try the pork schnitzel. It’s essentially a center cut pork loin that has been pan-fried in the Rathskeller’s special (and delicious) breading.
The Rathskeller is located at 401 E Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
7. Chili Cheese Étouffée with Crawfish - Yats
If you’re in the mood for cajun and creole food, Yats is where you want to be. With 10 locations in the Indianapolis and suburb areas, you’ll have no trouble finding one.
Known as its signature dish, the chili cheese étouffée with crawfish is a must-have. It’s both savory and spicy, perfect for lunch or dinner.
Yats is located at 5363 N College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220
8. Slaughterhouse Five, Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza
For pizza in Indianapolis, Jockamo is a must. This family owned spot has graced Indy since 2007 and continues to be an extremely popular eatery.
For a delicious pie, order the Slaughterhouse Five. Named after Indy native Kurt Vonnegut’s famous novel, this pizza features five meats: pepperoni, ham, bacon, sausage, and sliced steak.
Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza is located at 9165 Otis Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46216
9. Shrimp Cocktail, St. Elmo Steakhouse
If you’ve read one of our food-centric articles before, you’ve likely seen this restaurant’s name before. Being such an iconic staple in the Indianapolis community, this won’t be the last time St. Elmo graces one of our lists.
Whether you’re meeting for a drink at the bar or sitting down for a full meal, kick things off with the famous shrimp cocktail featuring some of the spiciest cocktail sauce you’ll ever find.
St. Elmo Steakhouse is located at 127 Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46225