Dining February 06, 2017
10 Irresistible Restaurants That Define Indiana
We’re pretty lucky to live in a state surrounded by such amazing food. While there are always new, exciting places popping up, there are certain restaurants that we consider staples, which best define our incredible state. Check out these 10 state-defining restaurants to see if you’ve been to them all.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. St. Elmo Steakhouse - Indianapolis
St. Elmo's is arguably the most well known restaurant within Indiana and is the first place many visitors want to go for a meal. And for good reason! This classic steak restaurant offers superb shrimp cocktail and impressively tender steaks. It's a Hoosier institution!
Find them at 127 S Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225
2. Bonge's Tavern - Perkinsville
This Hoosier staple is a time-honored place to eat for many residents. Bonge's gets pretty packed on the weekends, which created the tradition of tailgating outside while waiting for your table. If you've never been, you have to check it out!
Try it at 9830 W 280 N, Perkinsville, IN 46011
3. Joseph Decuis - Roanoke
This farm-to-table restaurant embraces fresh Indiana, home grown food at its finest. This is an incredible establishment to visit for romantic dinners and will surely impress your friends and family.
Find it at 191 N Main St, Roanoke, IN 46783
4. Coney Island - Fort Wayne
This tiny, hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Fort Wayne is legendary for their incredible coney dogs. Try a famous coney dog with a side of chili for an amazing Hoosier treat.
Check them out at 131 W Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
5. Runcible Spoon - Bloomington
This trendy establishment in downtown Bloomington is a popular place for tourists and locals alike. All of their food is top notch, but it's their breakfast items that really set this restaurant apart from the crowd.
Find it at 412 E 6th St, Bloomington, IN 47408
6. The Schnitzelbank Restaurant - Jasper
This German restaurant is a popular place in our state. When you want bratwurst or spaetzel done right, this is the place to visit.
Taste them at 393 3rd Ave, Jasper, IN 47546
7. Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery - Shipshewana
This unbelievable Amish restaurant in northern Indiana showcases some of the best dishes throughout Amish Country, Indiana. Popular choices include the chicken or beef and noodles, meatloaf, and fried chicken. Don't skip dessert here!
Try it at 195 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565
8. Nick's Kitchen - Huntington
We may never agree on where to find the best tenderloin in the entire state, but I think we can all agree that you have to try this sandwich at Nick's. Dubbed the birthplace of this incredible sandwich, this restaurant is iconic in Indiana.
Check it out at 506 N Jefferson St, Huntington, IN 46750
9. Tippecanoe Place Restaurant - South Bend
Anyone living in the South Bend/Notre Dame area can tell you that this restaurant is an absolute must visit. From its gorgeous setting to its sublime seafood, treat yourself to the perfect Hoosier dinner here.
Find it at 620 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601
10. Storie's Restaurant - Greensburg
Storie's is a classic Indiana diner with a nostalgic vibe. You'll find an incredible tenderloin sandwich here, huge onion rings, excellent cole slaw, and ridiculously good homemade pies.
Find it at 109 E Main St, Greensburg, IN 47240
Which of these Hoosier restaurants is your favorite? For a list of restaurants you need to check out in 2017, click