Dining October 09, 2016
11 Unassuming Restaurants To Add To Your Indiana Dining Bucket List
Sometimes the best things come in simple packaging. When something is good, there’s no need to dress it up. Take, for example, some of the most wonderful and inventive restaurants in Indiana, some of which you might not notice if you hadn’t been looking for them. If you love good food, you’ll want to check out this list of 11 unassuming restaurants in the Hoosier state…
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1. South Street Smokehouse - Lafayette
This building might not be the most glamorous, but once you take a bite of their famous BBQ, you'll think you're in heaven. From brisket to rib tips to pulled BBQ sandwiches, there just isn't a bad choice in sight here.
3305 S St, Lafayette, IN 47904
2. Mahnin Asian Restaurant - Fort Wayne
When compared to some of Fort Wayne's most famous restaurants, Mahnin seems to fall short, if judging on appearance alone. And once you step inside, you'll be expecting subpar Americanized Asian food. But this Burmese, Thai, and Asian fusion restaurant has outstanding cuisine that will blow your expectations away. Indulge in authentic Burmese dishes like gang masaman, Burmese noodles, or panang curry.
2701 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46807
3. Jill's Diner - Columbus
The outside of Jill's Diner sets the bar pretty low for this restaurant. However, inside you'll find some of the best diner food in the entire state. Catch them at their best by sampling their huge variety of breakfast foods.
421 7th St, Columbus, IN 47201
4. Bartlett's Gourmet Grill - Beverly Shores
Most people who spotted this place from the road wouldn't think twice before passing by. But Barlett's Gourmet Grill is actually an amazing place to grab dinner, with a huge assortment of gourmet items, like duck breast, Vietnamese Bahn-mi, and shrimp or crap cakes. They also have a fantastic beer selection.
131 W Dunes Hwy 12, Beverly Shores, IN 46301
5. Janko's Little Zagreb - Bloomington
This quaint little steakhouse doesn't have an impressive exterior, but that's alright. Locals know that the steak that awaits inside is tender, juicy, and always cooked just right. The interior isn't dressed to impress, but the food sure speaks for itself.
223 W 6th St, Bloomington, IN 47404
6. Ginmiya Asian Diner - Evansville
You wouldn't expect to find amazing sushi rolls or Asian dishes behind these doors, but Gimmiya will knock your socks off. When food is this good, you don't need to bother with decor.
4827 Davis Lant Dr
Ste F, Evansville, IN 47715
7. Savages Ale House - Muncie
This unassuming corner bar looks like nothing more than a place to grab a quick drink and then take off from. But Savage's makes some awesome food, like their sweet potato waffle fries and delicious sandwiches. They also cook up a mean tenderloin, so be sure to give it a try.
127 N High St, Muncie, IN 47305
8. Fat Dan's Deli - Indianapolis
This tiny deli may not look like much, but any Indianapolis resident can tell you that Fat Dan's is legendary. What's so great about Fat Dan's? Their amazing wings, mouth watering burgers, and authentic Chicago hot dogs. And that's just a few of the things they're good at.
5410 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220
9. Bertie's Music Bar - Richmond
This place hardly looks occupied from the outside, much less like an actual restaurant. Bertie's has fantastic pizza, appetizers, and sandwiches. Come for the music, stay for the food.
1129 E Main St, Richmond, IN 47374
10. Hinkle's Sandwich Shop - Madison
This historic storefront has clearly seen better days, but you'll be cheating yourself one of Indiana's most memorable meals if you don't step inside. You'll find incredible homemade slider burgers, crispy onion rings, amazing curly fries, and some of the best breakfast around.
204 W Main St, Madison, IN 47250
11. Between the Bun - Greenwood
This tiny burger joint doesn't do much from the outside to invite you in. But it's one of the most packed places in town with inventive burgers, tasty sandwiches, and specialty hot dogs. You'll become a true believer in this restaurant's magic after just one bite.
102 S Madison Ave, Greenwood, IN 46142
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