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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?

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