Fountain Square was the first commercial district of Indiana and since then, five more have been developed and have made lasting impressions on locals and tourists visiting Indianapolis. The district is constantly praised for its creativity, cultural activity, and award winning foods. Here are ten of the best dining establishments to visit whilst you’re in town.
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
At Pioneer, foods of northeastern Italy, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are all available, as is a variety of beer, cocktails and wine. There are also gluten-free options like broccoli rabe, which is made with tonnato, marinated squash, pine nuts, and lemon. Another popular dish here is the plate of roasted walnuts seasoned with rosemary, salt and pepper.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Bar Mon-Fri 5pm-1am, Sat 5pm-2am
Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian, $$$
Homemade and authentic Greek food is what Santorini Greek Kitchen are known for. Their menu is filled top to bottom with appetizers, like saganaki – the famous flaming cheese dish made with a creamy delicious goat’s cheese and served with warm pita bread. Another popular option includes leg of lamb garnished with garlic and herbs. For drinks, try the unsweetened mango iced tea – it’s a perfect thirst quencher after a day spent exploring the district.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm
Dedicated to using the freshest ingredients, Bluebeard Restaurant’s menu changes daily to ensure their guests have something new to try each time they visit. Customers can snack on oysters with cocktail sauce and mignonette or chips with French onion dip while they wait for their main course, which could consist of the beef filet served with a celeriac and potato puree with spinach, peas, red wine, and demi glace. If you don’t have a big appetite, try one of the smaller plates like the grilled baby octopus.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm
Siam Square, Indianapolis | Image courtesy of Siam Square
Siam Square serves authentic Thai cuisine, aiming to use as many ingredients as they can from Thailand itself. Visitors won’t just be treated to tasty food here, they’ll get an insight into Thai culture and tradition. Menu items consist of favorites like fried bananas or pa ram long song – made with chicken breast and served with spinach, broccoli, and curry sauce.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
For fine-dining lovers with children, Fogo de Chao has great kids meals; children six and under eat for free and children between the ages seven and 12 can enjoy their meals at half-price. With these incredible prices, the whole family can enjoy foods from the land of Brazil. A great feature of Fogo de Chao is that their venue is large enough in which to celebrate a number of occasions. Whether you’re graduating or hosting a birthday gathering, this Brazilian restaurant is a perfect option for your special day.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm, Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10:30pm, Sat 4pm-10:30pm, Sun 4pm-9:30pm
This locally owned and operated restaurant is run by hospitable owners who use local providers, like Amazing Potato Chip Co., Lick, and Fountain Square Brewing Co., to contribute to the diverse menu at Pure Eatery. After a light and refreshing meal here, guests will feel energized and ready to tackle the rest of their day. For a heartier option at dinnertime, the cajun rub tuna steak is a perfect dish to sample.
As their name might suggest, La Margaritais especially skilled at making cocktails, margaritas, and mezcal drinks. Another highlight here is their taco dishes – including town favorite, carne asada, made with grilled steak, caramelized onions, and cilantro. These tacos are unmatched in quality and size, so you are guaranteed to leave La Margarita feeling satisfied.
Opening hours: Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-8pm
The best of English cuisine is available at Red Lion Grog House – but their signature dish is ‘bubble and squeak’ a traditional breakfast meal consisting of pan-fried hash browns, cabbage, onions, and carrots that are combined and topped with pan-seared and braised roasts. There’s also the option of adding a fried egg to this meal. For their next course, customers can choose from a range of delectable choices, such as the elephant ear – their own version of the sweet treat often served at the Indiana State Fair.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 12pm-10pm
B’s Po Boy are said to have the most authentic po’ boy sandwiches in town. Main dishes that are available here include fried shrimp, barbecue shrimp, fried oyster, blackened catfish, and crab cake. Customers can also enjoy brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays, featuring hearty plates like biscuits and gravy, two eggs, and breakfast potatoes. Alternatively, guests can order three scrambled eggs mixed with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and sausage served with breakfast potatoes and bread.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm
At Milktooth, breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day – and they go the extra mile to make early-bird customers happy, serving their delectable sweet and savory treats and rich coffee from as early as 7am. If you haven’t got to run to work, Milktooth’s famous brunch spread is available from 9am to 3pm.