Indy Favorites

1 Jul

After living in Indianapolis for almost 23 years now, exploring the food and culture of the city has always been a favorite past time of mine. Anything unique and locally owned has a special place in my heart (and wallet)! Here is a list of some of my favorite Indy favorites. Feel free to chime in and share your own!

811 E Westfield Blvd

Bazbeaux Pizza (Broad Ripple Village) By far the best pizza Indianapolis has to offer. The BR location is perfect with outdoor seating both on the roof & the patio. Other than its delectable pizzas, Bazbeaux offers a wide variety of Italian cuisine. Definitely start off your meal with a carafe of house red vino & the award winning garlic bread. For dinner, I recommend the Bazbeaux Special with pesto sauce and andoullie sausage or the BBQ pizza. And don’t forget to order the side salad- so worth it!

543 Indiana Avenue

543 Indiana Avenue

Zing Two words: love it! The modern décor, trendy atmosphere and upbeat jams all contribute to this outstanding and unique dining experience. The concept of ordering ‘small plates’ allows you to try more dishes at a cheaper price. With over 75 choices on the menu, you can’t go wrong. My favorites include: pan seared pork tenderloin wrapped with capocollo w/ mustard ale sauce over grilled vegetable salad with mint pesto & pine nut gremalata AND zing zing shrimp buttermilk battered with garlic chili dipping sauce AND warmed goat cheese served with tomato sauce. Check out the website for the brunch menu and a ton of awesome drink specials. And best of all, both of the owners are Butler University graduates.

6327 Guilford Ave

6327 Guilford Ave

Artifacts (Broad Ripple Village): Located next to the Corner Wine Bar (another local hot-spot), Artifacts is a unique gift shop with high quality, inventive products. If you are looking to step out of the box and give an artistic/inspired gift, Artifacts is the place to go. I love the wide selection of jewelry, ceramics and knickknacks. Of all the gifts I have given and received from Artifacts, I couldn’t be happier. The hippie/nature loving feel keeps me coming back time and time again.

The Lawn at White River

The Lawn at White River

White River State Park: To be perfectly honest, words cannot describe the tranquility that comes with stepping foot on the grounds of White River State Park. With so much to do in one place, you could spend a whole weekend exploring this one area. Besides the canal, trails and grassy pastures, you will also find the White River State Gardens, Eiteljorg Museum, IMAX Theater, Indianapolis Zoo, and Victory Field. Not to mention, Indy Jazz Fest, Taste of Freedom and an awesome summer concert line-up on the Lawn.

Chicago Dog

Chicago Dog

King David Dogs (Downtown and Airport) I have to admit, I have only been here once but that was all it took. I was fortunate enough to participate in Indy’s first Taste Casting event at KDD. Developed from a recipe over 70 years ago, these signature ¼ lb. all beef hot dogs are served grilled or steamed to perfection. Depending on your taste buds, there is a dog for everyone, and if you not- you can build your own. I recommend the Chicago Dog, tater tots and onion rings. So whether you live in the area or just here for a visit, this is a perfect, in-expensive treat everyone can enjoy!

Other local favorites include: Brugge (order the Triple de Ripple and Moules Frites), St. Elmo’s shrimp cocktail, Broad Ripple BrewPub, Connors, Indianapolis Museum of Art and Yats!

I am always looking for new places to go and new foods to eat, what are your Indy favorites?


12 Responses to “Indy Favorites”

  1. Matt July 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    The Flying Cupcake Bakery, if you have a sweet tooth, is amazing. The cookies & cream cupcake is to die for…

  2. Guy July 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    A couple things to check out:
    IDADA’s First Friday Shows – Now in its 5th year, the tour offers a wide variety of artistic experiences. Galleries, open studios, alternative spaces and much more. First Friday has become one of the city’s premiere downtown cultural events. Some neat local artists, a good number of local art-students.

    Claus’ German Sausage & Meats – Know someone who has a “thing” for meat? It’s Indiana, of course you do. Claus’ used to be know as “Klemm’s” when it was based out of the City Market. Now owned by another family member of the original owners. They smoke and cure just about everything you see in the shop. Steaks are hand-cut while you stand there. ‘Chops as well. The lunchmeats and sausages are authentic, and taste nothing like what you get at your local mega-mart. Seriously wonderful stuff for anyone that cares about where their meat came from. Located at 1845 S. Shelby St. just south of the Fountain Square area.

    I wish I could still suggest l’Explorateur, but alas, Neal had to close down. I am still looking for something to take l’Ex’s place.

  3. Chuck Gose July 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Judge’s BBQ ( and Workingman’s Friend are two of my favorite local dining spots.

  4. Timmy B July 1, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Brugge Brasserie located in Broadripple is my hand-down favorite, and I am not just saying that because I used to work there. The small restaurant packs a punch with their incredible Frites, Crepes, Mussels, and especially beer. After working in the micro-brewery located at the site, I have a new found respect for that nectar of the gods with each sip i take. Next time I am down there we are starting our night there Ms. Bailey, hopefully thats sooner that later. Ciao bella

  5. Abby D July 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    Greek’s Pizzeria in Broad Ripple. It is fairly new(Dec. 08′) and has great service, great food and a great atmosphere. Indoor and Outdoor seating and the Italian food is out of this world. I recommend the Pepperoni Pizza Shell and the Breadsticks which is dipped in their garlic spread. It is to die for!

  6. kathi July 1, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    The Indiana State Museum has a gorgeous view of downtown from the canal; best place to watch 4th of July fireworks! and also the LS Ayres Tearoom, featuring that awesome chicken velvet soup.
    Best place to lose yourself in crafty-heaven is Boca Loca Beads in Fountain Square. You can even take a blow-torch class!
    Best place for photographing your kids or dogs; Butler’s Holcolm Gardens or Holliday Park (down by the water) or the gazebo behind Cathedral HS.

  7. Carissa Newton July 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    CharBonos in Avon or Stone Creek in Plainfield are both AWESOME! Great food, nice atmosphere, and phenomenal service.

  8. mosaiccity July 4, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    Hi Adrienne! It’s Allie Horner from Butler! How are you?!

    My suggestions: Broad Ripple Brew Pub and Boogie Burger, of course!

    Hope you’re doing well 🙂

  9. Jackie July 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    Santorini’s Greek Kitchen of course! With crazy “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” decorations, hues of blue and white, pictures, statues, and food that will make your mouth water, no doubt there is nothing else like it in Indy. Located in Fountain Square

    What can I say? I’m a Greek girl, and it’s just as good as my yiayia’s!

    ps- love the blog Adi 🙂

  10. Nick McMurray July 7, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    Definitely Rick’s Cafe Boatyard. I love the food and the view of the reservoir. It kind of makes you feel like you are on vacation near the ocean.

    • adriennebailey July 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

      Allie was telling me how much she loved this too. Where is it again?

  11. Jen Rajpura July 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    Bella’s Pizzeria on 96th is super good if you like New York Style pizza. Awesome job w/ the blog!

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