The following list of restaurants includes long-time and recent favorites of Indianapolis diners.
This bright little Greek restaurant with Mediterranean décor can claim perhaps the best variety of vegetarian dishes in the city. The Greek salad is refreshing and deliciously simple and the classic gyro makes you wonder why youve settled for gyros anywhere else. Open for lunch and dinner.
Hours: Dinner 5pm-10pm daily
This is the place you take someone you want to impressa date, future in-laws etc&ldots;The revolving restaurant with a 360 degree view of downtown Indianapolis is located above the 21st floor of the Hyatt. Dine under the stars, or at least a reasonable facsimile--the star-studded ceiling is designed to resemble a night sky. The Eagles Nest is famous for its striking presentation; the duck breast is a clock face with rice in the middle and stalks of asparagus for hands. You might spy a Pac Man on your cheesecake. The prices are bit high, but this elegant dining experience is well worth it.
The Jazz Kitchen
Want to work off your dinner with a fox trot? This restaurant with small tables and a spacious dance floor is a favorite haunt of jazz legends as they pass through town. The food is cajun and eclectic, with a variety of blackened dishes and many levels of spiciness. Come on Tuesday for classic swing or on Thursday for Latin rhythm.
This unassuming yet beautiful restaurant with a red tile roof and stucco walls was the place in Indy to enjoy the best variety of seafood.
The good news is the restaurant
will be re-opening on December 6, 2006 as
Kellerbar hours are Monday through Sunday from 3:00pm until ?. A late night menu is served until 11:30pm on the weekends.
Includes Bands & Entertainment.
This restaurant was originally a social club for German residents in the 1800s and remains the best German restaurant in Indianapolis. Start with a selection from the long list of German beers, and follow with generous portions of bratwurst, schnitzel and sauerkraut with a side of spaetzle noodles in brown gravy or potato pancakes. Finish with apple streudel and coffee and hopefully after this delicious food spree you will be able to walk to your car!
set in the historic, 19th century Athenaeum Building downtown, The Rathskeller is reminiscent of both a quaint inn tucked in the Bavarian hills and a lively beer hall in Munich. Voted Best German Restaurant in Indy every year, even a true German feels at home here.
from Jäegerschnitzel to Filet Mignon, the award-winning menu features authentic German cuisine as well as steak, seafood, chicken, pork and vegetarian entrees. The Rathskeller also features an extensive wine and beer menu .
This classic Mexican restaurant has been an Indy fixture for decades. Come at noontime for patriotic sing-alongs and enjoy Mexican classics smothered with cheese and chili, or hold the toppings if you prefer. Experiment with mild dishes or piping hot chili enchiladas.
Note: The details of the following story are derived from "Acapulco Joe's: One Proud Gringo" by Vesle Fernstermaker, as published on the back of the menus at Acapulco Joe's Mexican Restaurant.
The story of Joe Rangel, founder of Indianapolis' Acapulco Joe's Mexican Restaurant, is one of a Mexican immigrant who had the courage to achieve the American dream. After unsuccessfully crossing the Rio Grande seven times and ultimately landing in a U.S. prison, Rangel "mistakenly" found himself in Indianapolis, where he founded what remains one of Indy's most popular Mexican dining establishments.
Born into poverty in 1925 in a small town in Mexico, Joe went to extremes to live the American dream, and his story is both an inspiration and a reminder of the privileges most Americans take for granted.
At the age of 13, Joe began what was to become a long journey. He did a variety of odd jobs along the way -- from working as a mortician's assistant to working for a meager 37.5 cents an hour as a stoop laborer in the fields - but he never gave up his dream of living a better life in the land of promise.
Making Progress -- with a Prison Stop
Joe crossed the Rio Grande six times, only to be sent back to Mexico every time. On his seventh try, he was sentenced to a 9-month prison term in a Missouri penitentiary. After his release, he walked seven nights (to avoid immigration officials) to Corpus Christi, Texas, guided by the lights on the highways and the railroads. There he got a job as a busboy in a Greek restaurant, working 12 hours a day for $50 a week until a friend told him about an opening for a waiter at a restaurant in Minneapolis. Joe headed for the bus station, where a misunderstanding changed the course of his life. He asked for a ticket to Minneapolis, and wound up with a ticket to Indianapolis instead.
"Beautiful Country, Wonderful People"
In Indianapolis, he found a rundown diner for sale on Illinois Street and set his heart on buying it. To his amazement, a friend offered to loan him the $5,000 he needed to buy it - that unsecured loan was just one of the many things that would make Joe shake his head in disbelief and say, "Beautiful country, wonderful people."
Such were the humble beginnings of what was to become one of Indy's favorite diners: Acapulco Joe's. Not only did Joe's friend get his money back , but Joe took him food nearly every day to show his gratitude.
Pursuing U.S. Citizenship
Joe's next mission was to become an American citizen. He returned to Mexico to sort out his status, and found that it would cost him $500 to "fix his papers." He sought help from his friends in Indianapolis who promptly obliged. Again Joe was said to have shook his head saying, "Wonderful country, wonderful people."
In 1971 the day finally came that the United States claimed Joe as a citizen. He hung a large sign outside the café that read, "Hear ye! I, Joe Rangel, became a U.S. citizen. Now I'm a proud Gringo and can raise hell about my taxes like any other citizen. Come in and share my bliss." Hundreds of people did just that, toasting to the tune of 15 cases of champagne.
The Legend Lives On
Joe passed away in 1989, but Acapulco Joe's lives on. To this day, a recording of Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" is played religiously every day at noon. The song expresses the feelings in the heart of Joe Rangel, a man who dearly loved his adopted country and was willing to do whatever it took to make it his own.
Monday - Thursday
Friday & Saturday
Indys favorite Italian restaurant since 1934, this family-owned and operated restaurant serves family-sized portions at affordable prices. The spectacular mural is also a feast for the eyes. The menu features traditional favorites such as manicotti, ravioli, lasagna and pizzas. Or try classic spaghetti and meatballs with a selection of sauces.
Daily lunch delivery service
available 11 a.m. til 2 p.m.
Dinner delivery service begins at 4:30 p.m.
Bazbeaux opened its doors in 1986, and specializes in elegant pizza variations. Known for serving up pizza with exotic flavors and ingredients, this was the first pizza place in Indy to feature the homemade whole wheat crust. Try the garden pizza with artichoke hearts, avocado, spinach, green pepper, olives and ricotta cheese. There is a pizza to suit every palate as well as a good selection of antipastos and salads.
In the beginning . . .
The original Bazbeaux opened in Broad Ripple on May 12, 1986 in an old decrepit house that had been the home of the gravedigger for the town cemetery. In the quaint village of Broad Ripple, Bazbeaux quickly became famous for fresh made, delectable pizzas served on the rickety decks next to the canal and the fire station. By the end of the first year the restaurant had earned its first in an unbroken 20-year string of Best Pizza in Indianapolis awards.
Many Bazbeaux customers have been loyal since day one. Bazbeaux is also fortunate to have many loyal employees, caring so much to uphold our high standards so many years. They help to make Bazbeaux known for what it is today the citys best pizza and an Indianapolis original!
In 1989 Bazbeaux ventured downtown to help establish the district now known as the Indianapolis downtown arts district. Massachusetts Avenue is now home to many unique and interesting retail shops, restaurants and music venues. The downtown location serves a quick lunch by the slice weekdays to many appreciative downtown workers and residents. They can choose to dine in our lovely sidewalk café, wine cellar or beautifully renovated dining rooms.
In May 2003, exactly 17 years since opening in Broad Ripple, Bazbeaux moved just a few steps away from its original location with more seating throughout the restaurant, beautiful surroundings and a larger kitchen that consistently turns out delicious, made-to-order pies.
As Bazbeaux entered its 20th year in May 2006, it opened a restaurant in Carmel. Located in the city's Arts District where Main Street and the Monon Trail intersect, it features ample indoor seating, a wine bar, a large trailside patio and the same great pizza that has long been Indy's best!
This Seattle-based companys theory of using only the freshest ingredients and serving a generous meal, including salad, bread, entrée, spaghetti, beverage and dessert, for under $10 has won a loyal following. The restaurant has a casual and attractive atmosphere, and the rooms are decorated with unusual antiques.
918 S Rangeline Rd
Mon - Sat 6:30am to 9:00pm
This delicatessen has been an Indy fixture for 96 years and serves traditional deli fare including corned beef, pastrami and turkey sandwiches on rye bread with a huge pickle. Other favorites are stuffed cabbage, ribs and matzo ball soup with a dizzying array of desserts. Or pick up a genuine New York style bagel.
6335 Intech Commons Drive, unit A
8255 Craig St.
8487 Union Chapel Rd #240
127 S. Michigan St.
Le Peep has one specialty, breakfast, and serves breakfast until 2:30 every day. Come in for a late and lazy Sunday morning brunch of pancakes (if you can decide from the huge variety, including granola, berry and wheat germ), waffles, omelets, freshly squeezed juices and a bottomless cup of coffee.
49 West Maryland Street (317) 974-5747
This busy and beautiful restaurant is decorated with striking designs from the Tang Dynasty. Make your own Dim Sum feast from the appetizer menu which includes such fresh selections as chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves and vegetable dumplings. The fiery eggplant explodes with flavor and the rice noodles with vegetables are everyones favorite. These classic Chinese dishes are from the provinces of Canton, Shanghai, Szechwan and Hunan, and the menu also features taste treasures from Mongolia.