Every now and then you should forget about the chain restaurants and venture to a local mom and pop restaurant in your area. Indianapolis features a multitude of delicious, family-owned dining spots that will give you some of the best meals in the city. Here are nine that you can’t miss.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Thai Paradise
This intimate, downtown restaurant features authentic Thai food that’s some of the best in the city. If you’re venturing around Market Square, head here for some delicious Hawaiian fried rice or crab rangoons. You won’t be disappointed.
Thai Paradise is located at 137 W. Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
2. Papa Roux
This Cajun restaurant on Indy’s southside is one of the most popular hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the city. It’s so popular that it’s often difficult to get a meal on your lunch break, as the line is often crazy. When you do finally get a shrimp po-boy or some mushroom étouffée, you’ll realize that it was well worth the wait.
Papa Roux is located at 8950 E 10th. St., Indianapolis, IN 46219
3. Santorini Greek Kitchen
This charming little restaurant features authentic takes on classic Greek food as well as music and belly dancers on the weekends. You’ll find a wonderful selection of Greek meals along with impeccable service. Stop in for a chicken gyro or some of Santorini’s fried, hand-breaded calamari at the place that Indianapolis voted as its best Greek restaurant.
Santorini Greek Kitchen is located at 1417 Prospect St., Indianapolis, IN 46203
4. Ginger’s Cafe
Serving up breakfast and lunch seven days a week, Ginger’s in Noblesville offers up some of the best comfort food on the north side. You’ll find B’s & G’s (biscuits and gravy) as well as corned beef hash and a very tasty breakfast quesadilla. Even if you’re not in the area, a trip up to this cafe is worth the effort.
Ginger’s Cafe is located at 1804 Conner St., Noblesville, IN 46060
5. Metro Diner
While it does feature multiple locations, this diner has an authentic mom-and-pop feel. Known for its award-winning food and welcoming service, Metro Diner features a delicious take on huevos rancheros as well as some phenomenal chicken & waffles. Stop in for breakfast and get your day off to a great start.
Metro Diner is located at 4702 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208
6. Dale’s Family Restaurant
Named for his grandfather Dale, Dennis Beikman honors him by offering a menu made from scratch. Whether you’re here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you’ll find home-cooked, homestyle favorites prepared in a way to make Grandpa Dale proud. Favorites include chicken & dumplings, salisbury steak, and the popcorn shrimp platter.
Dale’s Family Restaurant is located at 5209 E. Thompson Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46237
7. The Tamale Place
Once featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this family owned and operated restaurant is famous for authentic hand-made tamales. If you’re looking for a lunchtime treat, this is a fantastic option. Plan on getting there early, as there’s often a line out the door.
The Tamale Place is located at 5226 Rockville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46224
8. Salsa Verde
This mom-and-pop restaurant serves up quick but tasty meals based on authentic Mexican recipes. Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, enchiladas, or feel like sampling the various delicious options at the salsa bar, Salsa Verde has everything you need for a wonderful dining experience.
Salsa Verde is located at 55 S. Raceway Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46231
9. Caplinger’s Fresh Catch
This family-run seafood market and cafe features a wide range of sandwiches and seafood. The restaurant/market is a unique spot in Indianapolis that receives daily seafood deliveries- everything you get at Caplinger’s is freshly caught. Fun options include king crab, escargot, and even alligator.
Caplinger’s Fresh Catch is located at 7460 Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46250
Do you have any favorite mom & pop restaurants that didn’t make it onto our list? Let us know in the comments below!