Must-Try Restaurants In Indianapolis, Indiana

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Claire Baker

There’s more to eating out in Indianapolis than the local Cajun cuisine, but it’s a great place to start. Once you’ve done spicy, then try some of the other food on offer, from New American to Asian fusion, Here are 10 of our favorite restaurants to try in Indianapolis.

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Oakley’s Bistro

Chef and proprietor Steven J. Oakley has risen from an unpaid kitchen hand to a highly praised and affable chef with a string of head chef positions under his belt and, now, his own restaurant. The restaurant, Oakley’s Bistro, is an honest, taste-driven delight, which prides itself on a constantly evolving menu and clear presentation: white bean artichoke hummus, lobster truffles and artichoke spinach parfait on toasted pitta bread, for example, combines classic flavours in a simple yet tantalising arrangement. It’s also possible to become ‘a chef for a day’ with the chance to go behind-the-scenes in the Oakley’s Bistro kitchen and enjoy a three-course meal for two to finish off the experience. Wine-tasting or wine-pairing special events are organised on a regular basis.

Siam Square

An authentic Thai cuisine full of aromatic and enticing spices can be found at this restaurant. Using the freshest ingredients possible, the restaurant has created a predominantly fish and seafood-based menu on top of the typical noodle and rice dishes. The catfish curry is an exceedingly popular choice and is worth the wait for a seat in the modest-sized Siam Square.

Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant

Mama Carolla sought the advice of the small Italian restaurants in her native Nebraska before opening up her kitchen to the public in 1997. They told her to cook for her guests as she would for her family. So it is that the Italian family cooking served all day long at Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant (be it ravioli, puttanesca, meatballs or rigatoni) comes only from the warmest of hearths and the heartiest of ovens. Mama Carolla’s has been recognized with many awards and in many publications as being one of the finest restaurants in Indianapolis.

Harry and Izzy’s

Harry & Izzy’s‘ menus might vary, but the astronomical portions and the intense flavors of the house specials stay the same thorough its three local venues. The World Famous St Elmo Shrimp Cocktail and Izzy Style New York Strip are still absolute favourites. Sliders are also offered, but in a way befitting the stylish polished interior of the three locations, and the brasserie-style settings.

Late Harvest Kitchen

This restaurant boasts one of the most pleasant courtyard dining spaces in Indianapolis, opening up the restaurant when clement weather permits it. Inside Late Harvest Kitchen serves quality all-American food in a beautiful setting, full of reclaimed wood. Although LHK describes itself as a ‘neighbourhood restaurant’, the menu is carefully thought-through; braised lamb neck is served in a delicious arrangement with sheep’s milk polenta, tarragon, mint and fresh horseradish, while the classic and succulent rib eye burger gets its taste from maitre d’ butter, smoked salt and a masterful béarnaise.

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