Bluebeard in Indianapolis is creating a high-end eating experience out of the best produce and meat available. The ingredients are seasonal and are brought in from unique local farms that are dedicated to producing only the highest quality products, utilizing innovative farming techniques, such a urban farming. With these ingredients, Chef Abbi Adams crafts a menu including charcuterie, cheeses and various plates of mouthwatering fare. Due to their commitment to cooking with the seasons, the menu is always changing. Add to this a selection of the finest wines, beers and spirits to pair perfectly with your gourmet eating experience. And all within a renovated factory warehouse, where the subtlety of the space belies the quality of the food.
The Black Market is serving the best of comfort foods with a modern twist. The menu is based around the principle of using every part of the animal, so, in addition to standard fare like burgers and catfish, you can also order mouthwatering bone marrow and dishes made from tongue and heart. They are dedicated to simple yet delicious meals, as well as older techniques of pickling and preservation, which are often displayed in the food. Add to this a full selection of craft beers, high-end spirits and fine wines and you've got a dining experience like no other. All in a space where sleek, modern design compliments the innovative cuisine.
Red Lion Grog House is dedicated to Old English cuisine and feel in a clean, Americanized environment. The menu is that of a traditional British restaurant, offering such great British dishes as scotch eggs, shepherd's pie, bangers and fish & chips. If you're not in the mood for a trip across the pond, there are also more classic American dishes, like chicken wings and burgers. And of course, whats a British pub without some great beer? The Red Lion has a wide selection of imported ales on tap. If you're looking for something a little stronger, you can try the classic British cocktails, like a Pimm's cup, or any of their many craft cocktails. Wooden decor and furnishings complete the old world English feel. The TVs always have the latest sporting event on, so it's the perfect place to catch your favorite team's latest match.
Way out on Washington Street, halfway between the Speedway and Downtown, there's a brief stretch known as Little Mexico. La Posada anchors the eastern end with a char-broiled menu of tacos, tamales and other south-of-the-border specialties. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and all are delightful. Meats such as chorizo and al pastor are of a quality not seen often in the Midwest. The space itself is a bit hole-in-the-wall, but it's clean as can be, and sparse decor lets the diner better focus on the food. Be sure to wash it down with a cold Mexican cerveza.
Bru Burger Bar is a culinary love note to the All-American burger. Their menu features a wide variety of burgers, from the classic American cheese cheeseburger to more artisan fare, which includes additions like horseradish havarti, pesto and prosciutto. Add to this a bar serving up a selection of craft beers from local breweries alongside the longest list of whiskeys this side of Kentucky. All this in a wood-paneled space, whose modern touches perfectly compliment the mix of old and new that is the menu.
Down under Mass Ave, there's a basement banquet hall known as Rathskeller. The building is an archaic-looking structure befitting such an establishment, and it is adorned with a wealth of old-country kitsch. The kitchen serves a filling menu of Bavarian specialties, and the bar pours stein after stein of full-bodied German lager. There's live music occasionally, and a party atmosphere always. The happy hour crowd can be found here imbibing cocktails and beer, and enjoying bar snacks. The gorgeous biergarten out back plays host to banquets and events, and is the perfect place to enjoy a beer and a sausage on a warm summer day.
Known as Indiana's oldest bar, The Slippery Noodle Inn has seen its share of action. It's a hub for blues in the area, and it has been home to countless wild shows over the years. There's still live blues being played seven days a week. Being located in a great sports town, the Noodle makes itself available to sports fans as well, hosting many a celebration. Even when there's nothing going on, the place is still packed with happy diners and drinkers chowing down on the hearty menu, featuring everything from traditional bar fare to steaks and pastas, and drinking everything from martinis to micro brews.
Mesh on Mass is bringing innovative, high-quality cuisine to Mass Ave. With brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, there's something good to eat anytime of the day. The dinner menu offers a variety of luxurious dishes from the land and sea, like steaks or sturgeon. The bar offers a selection of high end cocktails, beers, wines and its own little menu for small dishes to enjoy with a drink. The unique, modern decor makes it the perfect place for anything from a romantic night out to a casual business dinner.
There are famous delicatessens all over the country, but Shapiro's blows most out of the water. Its menu has both depth and breadth, offering sandwiches, snacks, salads, dinner plates, breakfasts, desserts and a variety of drinks both alcoholic and not. Meats are done to perfection, side dishes are treated with as much care as the mains, and special orders are happily accepted. The place is spacious too, so you'll never have to navigate the unruly crowds common at comparable delis in New York or Los Angeles. See website for sister locations, online ordering and more.