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The 10 Best Restaurants In The Cole Noble Commercial Arts District

The 10 Best Restaurants In The Cole Noble Commercial Arts District

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The Cole Noble Commercial Arts District is home to a sizeable amount of small businesses, apartments, and landmarks near the Eastside of downtown Indianapolis – the capital of US state Indiana. The 10 restaurants below are both inside and very close to this arts district; they’re very popular and often bring awareness to the district through their impeccable service and delicious food.

Iaria’s Italian Restaurant

Iaria’s Italian Restaurant serves Italian cuisine. Start with fried raviolis as an appetizer served with smooth tomato sauce or chunky and thick marinara sauce. Recommended main courses include baked lasagna made with ricotta cheese and ground beef, seasoned to perfection, doused in their special tomato sauce.

 

317 S College Ave., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 638 7706

Harry & Izzy’s

Harry & Izzy’s have a gluten-free menu: they want everyone to be able to enjoy their world-famous St. Elmo shrimp cocktail, their seared tuna, wedge salad, and their 12-ounce filet mignon.  

 

153 S Illinois St., Indianapolis., IN, +1 317 635 9594

 

Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles

At Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles enjoy famous chicken and waffles, a catfish basket made with six strips of crispy catfish served with fries, or the max waffler which is two waffle sandwiches topped with a fried egg, American cheese, turkey, bacon, or sausage served with grits or house potatoes.

 

132 N East St., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 423 3300

Ralph’s Great Divide

Ralph’s Great Divide has outdoor seating for warm nights and a regular piano bar. The cheeseburger deluxe is among their many burger and sandwich options: cheeseburger club, tuna salad sandwich, BLT, and the chicken cordon bleu are just a few recommended orders. If you are craving a bigger meal, try the crab cakes:two four-ounce crab cakes, that are smothered in parmesan cream and horsey cocktail sauce. Alternatively try the One Night Stand, which is a market-priced prime black angus center-cut aged steak.

 

743 E New York St., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 637 2192

 

Bu Da Lounge

Bu Da Lounge is a cigar bar inspired by Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese cuisine and decorations. For those in search of succulent, perfectly heated crab legs, look no further because Bu Da has sauteed king crab legs served with garlic butter, to really accentuate the flavors, all for a reasonable price. The lounge is an excellent place for local events, bachelor or bachelorette parties, wedding receptions and more.

 

148 E Market St., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 822 8522

Bangkok Restaurant & Jazz Bar

The American jazz at Bangkok Restaurant & Jazz Bar does not distract from the goodness of the food; appetizers like grilled, marinated chicken on skewers with peanut and cucumber sauce, and golden fried tofu with sweet and sour sauce are all expertly made. Pad kee mao (drunken noodles) still retain the essence of Thai food, as does the pad woon sen, silver noodles stir-fried with cabbage, egg, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions all in a homemade sauce.

 

225 E Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 632 9000

Bakersfield

Tacos, tequila, and whiskey will be the first three words you see upon entering Bakersfield’s restaurant website. Though the words are simple, they are very true. Authentic Mexican street foods, tequilas, and American whiskeys are what makes up this restaurant and because they keep it so simple, it makes it easier for them to focus on making food that has proven to be authentic and savory. Tacos are a big part of Bakersfield’s and each taco is served with handmade house tortillas.

 

334 Massachusetts Ave. Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 635 6962

 

BARcelona Tapas Restaurant

The atmosphere of BARcelona Tapas Restaurant is like that of a traditional tapas place in Madrid, Spain. Down to the decorations, hanging of Serrano hams and dried bacalaos, the authenticity, and their service, this is a fine restaurant with tapas cuisine. Sundays is the Sunday Sangria brunch buffet that showcases the work, attention to detail, and time that goes into dishes like their paella Valencia, which is Valencia rice with saffron, sofrito, chicken, chorizo sausage, mussels, shrimp, and salmon.

 

201 N Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 638 8272

Slippery Noodle Inn

People like Jimmy Fallon, Liza Minnelli, Payton Manning, Spike Lee, Robert DeNiro, Tim Tebow, and The Blues Brothers Band are just a few of the big names that have visited the Slippery Noodle Inn. The history is truly rich here; the menu quite literally fills the page. As a first time visitor, be sure to try the sample platter that has four buffalo wings, three mozzarella sticks, and four chicken strips served with marinara sauce and ranch dressing as a starter to prepare your tastes for an incredible night.

 

372 S Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 631 6974

 

Shapiro’s Delicatessen

Only the freshest ingredients are used to craft the delicious hearty sandwiches at Shapiro’s Delicatessen that many guests are familiar with. They have been named a top Jewish deli in America: enjoy daily soups and stew, a deli by the pound option for their juicy meats, and of course, their famous Reuben sandwich and Ann’s strawberry cheesecake as a perfect follow up to the filling meal.

 

808 S Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 631 4041