Restaurants in Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis once was known for its superb cafeterias, and there is one glowing legacy of that fact, southwest of town: the magnificent Gray Brothers Cafeteria, where a dozen trips through the line aren’t enough to sample everything that’s good. Prior to lunch at Gray’s, we suggest breakfast at Shapiro’s Deli (also cafeteria style), where the corned beef hash (with house-baked rye bread on the side) is a plate of beauty. Other excellent lunch opportunities include John’s Famous Stew and Mug ‘n” Bun Drive-In near the Raceway for burgers and four-star root beer. For a big deal dinner, steak (and ferocious shrimp cocktail) at St. Elmo Steak House is an enduring treasure, as is skillet-fried chicken at the old-fashioned Hollyhock Hill

Indianapolis’s Best Restaurants

St. Elmo Steak House - Shrimp Coctkail
St. Elmo Steak House

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

The Rathskeller

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

The Workingman’s Friend

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Hollyhock Hill - Fried Chicken Dinner
Hollyhock Hill

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Shapiro’s Deli Cafeteria - Corned Beef Sandwich
Shapiro’s Deli | Corned Beef on Rye…in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

John’s Famous Stew

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Plump's Last Shot Tenderloin sandwich
Plump’s Last Shot

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Nick’s Chili Parlor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

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