PLACES TO EAT Average main dish prices: $: under $10 // $$: $10-$25 // $$$: $25+

 

Eiteljorg Museum Café $-$$

500 W. Washington St. (317) 636-9378

www.eiteljorg.org/visit/dine

Located in the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the café offers an extensive southwestern American menu. Lunch is served weekdays from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm with a limited menu available until closing.

 

India Garden $$

207 N. Delaware St. (317) 634-6060

www.indiagardenindy.com

Local, award-winning Indian restaurant. Lunch buffet under $10.

 

Mikado $$$

148 S. Illinois St.

Indianapolis’ favorite place to eat Japanese food downtown. Open 11:30-10:30pm

 

Nada $$

11 W. Maryland St. (317) 638-6232

www.eatdrinknada.com/indianapolis

Mexican fusion in a trendy setting. Tacos, grilled dishes, shareable plates, margaritas, craft beer, and brunch on the weekends.

 

Napolese Pizzeria $$

30 S. Meridian St. (317) 635-0765

www.napolesepizzeria.com

Artisan pizzeria less than two blocks from Monument Circle with a great view from the outdoor patio. Gluten-free crust available.

 

Slippery Noodle Inn $$

372 S. Meridian St. (317) 631-6974

www.slipperynoodle.com

Billed as Indiana’s oldest bar, the Noodle is open for lunch and dinner and hosts live blues music seven nights a week.

 

St. Elmo’s Steak House $$$+

127 S. Illinois St. (317) 635-0636

www.stelmos.com

An Indianapolis classic since 1902. Nationally recognized for its steaks and seafood, especially the shrimp cocktail, and the best bet for anyone looking for a traditional steakhouse experience.

 

Stardust Terrace Cafe $-$$

450 W. Ohio St. (317) 234-0095

www.indianahistory.org/plan-your-visit/menu

This lunch spot (open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm), located in the Indiana Historical Society and operated by the popular local caterer Hoaglin To Go, offers charming canal-level dining.

 

Thai Paradise $-$$

137 W. Market St. (317) 822-8382

www.yelp.com/biz/thai-paradise-indianapolis

A Thai food gem tucked away just off of Monument Circle. Cheap lunch specials available.

 

Weber Grill $$

10 N. Illinois St. (317) 636-7600

www.webergrillrestaurant.com

Restaurant serving American fare, steaks, and BBQ. Gluten-free menu available.

 

INDIANAPOLIS CITY MARKET

A pleasant 15-minute walk from the hotel, City Market is Indy’s hidden gem. This historic building hosts local eateries serving affordable lunch-sized portions on weekdays. Limited options on Saturday.

 

3 Days in Paris $

222 E. Market St. (317) 912-0072

www.3daysinpariscrepes.com

Savory or dessert crepes, coffee, and tea. Closes at 2:00 pm.

 

Ameer $

222 E. Market St. (317) 681-8444

Middle Eastern mom-and-pop food stand.

 

Circle City Soups $

222 E. Market St. (317) 632-3644

www.circlecitysoups.com

Interesting soups, salads, and sandwiches. Open until 9:00 pm.

 

Circle City Sweets $

222 E. Market St. (317) 632-3644

www.circlecitysweets.com

Sweet treats, cakes, tarts, candies, and cookies. Open until 3:00 pm.

 

Spice Box $-$$

222 E. Market St. (317) 632-3644

www.spiceboxindy.com

Sells great Indian food at the Market from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, or walk to their Fletcher Place location for dinner.

 

BREAKFAST: Several great options, including local favorite Patachou, are easily walkable from the hotel. $-$$

Au Bon Pain 26 Monument Circle

Café Patachou 225 W. Washington St.

First Watch 143 N. Illinois St.

Panera Bread 110 W. Washington St.

Wild Eggs 314 N. Delaware St.

 

Three Carrots $

222 E. Market St. (317) 403-5867

www.threecarrotsindy.com

Casual vegetarian and vegan restaurant, open until 6:00 pm.

 

Tomlinson Tap Room $

222 East Market St. (317) 423-2337

www.indycm.com/tomlinson-tap-room

Laid-back restaurant located on the second floor of City Market. Bar snacks and rotating taps of Indiana beers at very affordable prices. Offers daily drink deals.

 

MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE

One of the six cultural districts of Indianapolis, Massachusetts Avenue (“Mass Ave” to locals) is one of the most popular areas of the city. You’ll find public art, eclectic local shops, and a growing food scene about a mile’s easy walk or bike ride from the hotel.

 

Bakersfield Mass Ave. $$

334 Massachusetts Ave. (317) 635-6962

www.bakersfieldtacos.com

Authentic Mexican street food in a lively atmosphere. Outdoor seating available.

Bazbeaux Pizza $$

329 Massachusetts Ave. (317) 636-7662

www.bazbeaux.com

Italian pizza, sandwiches, and craft beers. Lunchtime pizza by the slice.

Black Market $$-$$$

922 Massachusetts Ave. (317) 822-6757

www.blackmarketindy.net

It’s well worth a trek to the end of the Ave for this “modern farmhouse” that serves locally-sourced dishes at communal tables.

Bru Burger Bar $$

410 Massachusetts Ave. (317) 635-4278

www.bruburgerbar.com/indianapolis

Wide selection of creative gourmet burgers and bar snacks. Gluten-free menu available.

Nine Irish Brothers $$

575 Massachusetts Ave. (317) 964-0990

www.nineirishbrothers.com

Traditional Irish pub fare. Patio seating available and live music most weekends.

The Eagle $$

310 Massachusetts Ave. (317) 929-1799

www.theeagleotr.com

American fare with Southern flair. Fantastic fried chicken, salads, sandwiches, and a full drinks menu.

Union 50 $$

620 N. East St. (317) 610-0234

www.union-50.com

Industrial-chic gastropub serving New American fare and local beers.

 

VIRGINIA AVENUE/FLETCHER PLACE

This area at the Southeast end of downtown Indianapolis (a bit too far for walking from the hotel) is one of the fastest growing areas of the city, and home to some of its best restaurants and breweries.

Bluebeard $$-$$$

653 Virginia Ave. (317) 686-1580

www.bluebeardindy.com

This Vonnegut-themed restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, specializes in fresh ingredients from local farms in dishes made to share. The restaurant has received national attention from Condé Nast Traveler, Food and Wine, and Bon Appetit. Menus change daily, so check before you go.

Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company $-$$

647 Virginia Ave. (317) 423-9697

www.cfcoffeecompany.com

A worthwhile spot for coffee fans, they also have great pastries and breakfast sandwiches.

Milktooth $$-$$$

534 Virginia Ave. (317) 986-5131

www.milktoothindy.com

Recently named one of the 207 best restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. Chef Jonathan Brooks cooks up wildly inventive breakfast and brunch food, and their ModBar is a treat for coffee addicts.

Rook $$

501 Virginia Ave. (317) 737-2293

www.rookindy.com

Contemporary Asian street food – think steamed buns, ramen bowls, and crispy duck – and excellent gin-based cocktails.

Subito $

44 Virginia Ave. (317) 220-8211

www.subitosoups.com

Casual soups, sandwiches, and salads made fresh with local ingredients. Check the calendar on their website for daily soups.

Tortas Guicho Domingueze y El Cubanito $-$$

641 Virginia Ave. (317) 658-0735

Mexican sandwich shop that serves gourmet sandwiches cheekily named for celebrities.

LOCAL BEER

Indianapolis is quickly becoming a major contender on the craft beer scene. You’ll find award-winning local beer served in restaurants across the city, but some of the breweries themselves are just a short walk from the hotel.

Broken Beaker Distillery 643 Massachusetts Ave.

Outliers Brewing Company 534 E. North St.

Granite City Food & Brewery 49 W. Maryland St.

Metazoa Brewing Co. 140 S. College Ave.

RAM Restaurant & Brewery 140 S. Illinois St.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery 10 W. Washington St.

Scotty’s Brewhouse 1 Virginia Ave., #100

St. Joseph Brewery & Public House 540 N. College Ave.

The Tap 306 N. Delaware St.

Tomlinson Tap Room 222 E. Market St.

Tow Yard Brewing Company 501 Madison Ave.

TwoDEEP Brewing Co. 714 N. Capitol Ave.