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Good food in Indy?

i have lived in indy for 16 years and still have i yet to find a goodbut cheap non chain restaurant please give me some feedback!!!!!

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  1. Lots of topics have already been created about Indianapolis eating, answering the same question as yours. For example, check these out:


    1. There are many inexpensive ethnic restaurants around Michigan Road and 86th.
      For pizza, Bazbeaux is not much more expensive that a chain pizza place but they have many more choices. Is Mellow Mushroom in Carmel a chain? It's a fun place, decor-wise with sandwiches, pizza, pasta. I like that you can get seitan "meat" there.

      if you're looking for hidden holes in the wall with good, really cheap food, I can't help you!
      Do check out the other threads for more ideas all over the city.

      1. I think Indy is a fairly good food town. See the earlier threads :) and post more detailed questions as they arise.

        1. Get yourself to Yats!! Locations on College Avenue and downtown on Mass. Ave.

          Bazbeaux is great -- their creamy basil salad dressing is a favorite. Pizza crust is always just right and there are lots of choices for toppings. It's a favorite: Broad Ripple or (again) Mass. Ave.

          1. cheap eats in indy worth your time: Taste cafe is the best bang for the buck for quality food. yats is a starchy but very flavorful meal for 5 bucks. other than that it's becoming adventurous and seeking the hole and the wall, ethnic eateries---many of them found in stripmall 'no-lands'. la parada for mexican, luxor for middle eastern/greek, red key tavern for one of the best burgers in town and giogios for slices of pizza to name a few. there are others but it is more difficult to weed out the over-priced, over-chained, and pretentious establishments in this town.

            1. You must not have looked very hard, becuase there are plenty of inexpensive, good choices.

              To name a few:
              Old Point Tavern
              Ralphs Great Divide
              Pancho's (2 locally owned locations)
              La Margarita
              Ichiban noodles

              Pick up any Indy monthy and peruse the dining section.

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              1. re: HMK

                Where is the second location of Pancho's? I've been going to the one on north Michigan for a while, but I live on the Eastside, so it would be great if they ran a restaurant closer to where I live.

                edit: Nevermind. I came across another post of yours indicating that it's at 96th and Allisonville. That's at least a little bit closer...

                1. re: HMK

                  I wouldn't exactly call Shapiro's "cheap." Went there for lunch the other day, first time in a long time. I was dying for their stuffed cabbage, but I almost walked out the door when I saw the price: $9.95! For that you get about 1/4 lb. of ground beef, two cabbage leaves, some tasty tomato sauce, and two pieces of very good bread. Delicious, but an outrageous price, IMO.

                2. You can get good dimsum at Great Garden (Commercial Drive and Lafayette Road, next to Saraga) for around $7 a person.

                  Indianapolis has quite a few Vietnamese restaurants serving good food that is inexpensive. My favorite is Pho Queen a.k.a. Pho 999 on East Washington, east of 465 near the big furniture store. Unfortunately, they have been closed the last couple times I've been there, so it's possible that they've closed down for good. I'd call first (895-5912)

                  If you ever make it down to Bloomington, there's a great Korean place at 10th and Union called Sobon. It's really popular with Korean and Chinese students, and an enormous meal will cost you seven or eight dollars.

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                  1. re: Condimentality

                    I've never heard of Great Garden but would like to compare it to Shen Yang (the former Yummy Chinese restaurant). It's located on 38th and Georgetown and has great dim sum!! Get the chive dumplings, tripe and braised cuttlefish but everything is good. Saigon has very good Vietnamese just south of Saraga. For the person on the eastside looking for Mexican options there is a hidden gem at La Parada on New York St. in front of the hispanic grocery with the same name...not too far from downtown.

                    1. re: napolean

                      I like Shen Yang, but I went to Great Garden the other day because I was hungry for westernized greasy Chinese, and well, c'mon, it's called "Great Garden"... and it turns out to be every bit as good and authentic as Shen Yang! Better, actually, the tables are further apart!

                      There needs to be some sort of guidelines for naming restaurants! LOL!

                    2. re: Condimentality

                      Pho Queen was the bomb. I find it hard to believe that someone can't find good food to eat after being here for 16 years. What exactly are you looking for?

                    3. The best BBQ in town (bar none) is Judge's on west Michigan just past IUPUI. As hard as it may be, save room for the side dishes!

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                      1. re: gargantua

                        If you haven't been, you should really check out bub's burgers in Carmel. Great burger. Unfortunately, the sides leave alot to be desired. My fiance isn't into red meat but gets the Mahi Mahi (worst fish ever) sandwich and really likes it.

                        1. re: lexplorateur

                          Brugge in broad ripple - if anything just go for the fries.

                      2. try vito provelones on 135 on INDY'S SOUTH SIDE. Also, very good food is Kacey's on 31 north in greenwood. Mexican food, try Roscoes Tacos, Smith Valley and Madison.

                        1. bazbeaux was my first thought for extrordinary good food at a decent price in the midst of over priced mediocre food - ripple!