Sure, you could spend every dining experience in a boring chain restaurant or at a fast-food joint, but why would you when you live in one of the best food cities in the country? If you’re looking for an evening of fun and adventure (and also food), check out these unique restaurants.
You won’t find many traditional Ethiopian restaurants in Indy, but Abyssinia is a highlight of the city's ever-expanding food scene. Stop here for a vegetarian-friendly meal in the restaurant's lovely dining hall.
Address: 5352 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254
2. The Loft at Trader’s Point
Sometimes, restaurants claim to be farm-to-table when they’re really not. Well, The Loft is a
literal farm-to-table spot located at Trader’s Point Creamery. Near the farm, you’ll enjoy your meal in a beautiful 19th century dairy barn. Address: 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville, IN 46077
3. Heidelberg Haus
This quaint German cafe and bakery is home to delicious, authentic meals and pastries. You can enjoy freshly ground Colombian coffee, as well as German rye breads and pretzels. Before you leave, take a look through the gift shop, which features porcelain beer steins and wall plates.
Address: 7625 Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis, IN 46226
4. John’s Famous Stew
Established over 100 years ago, John’s Famous Stew is a staple in the Indianapolis community. In this cozy spot, you’ll find tasty stews, pork tenderloins, and a peach cobbler that can’t be beat.
Address: 1146 Kentucky Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46221
5. Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse
In this pirate-themed BBQ joint, you’ll get some of Indy’s best ribs and brisket. There’s no shortage of delicious meals to choose from. Recently, Big Hoffa’s began serving beer and wine, so you can knock back a few with friends while you enjoy some ribs.
Address: 800 E Main St., Westfield, IN 46074
6. Workingman’s Friend
This old-school bar and diner features a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, and some fantastic chili — all at very reasonable prices. You’ll also find a good beer and whiskey selection.
Address: 234 N Belmont Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46222
7. Santorini Greek Kitchen
Known as Indy’s best restaurant for authentic Greek food, Santorini has delicious dishes, friendly staff, and offers weekend entertainment from belly dancers. For a fun evening, take the opportunity to have one of the restaurant’s famous wine dinners.
Address: 1417 Prospect St., Indianapolis, IN 46203
8. Bar One Fourteen
One of the newest spots on our list, this Meridian-Kessler "speakeasy" has a fantastic atmosphere featuring small tables, handcrafted cocktails, and seasonally-inspired foods made by chef David Hoover.
Address: 114 E 49th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205
This hip, Meridian-Kessler restaurant features Latin American dishes as well a very popular brunch menu. Whether you’re in the mood for Jicama crab cakes, calamari, or a chorizo omelette, you’ll find it all at Delicia.
Address: 5215 N College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220
What’s your favorite dining experience in Indianapolis? Have you checked out any of these on our list? Let us know in the comments below.