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I'll be staying a week on bussiness in Indianapolis. I believe it is on what is considered the north side of town (near 96 th streat and the US69). Some potentials that I have listed based on previous posts:

14 West -> Seems to have good reviews and the Kobe Mac'n' Cheese sounds yummy.
L'explorateur -> I like fun new stuff and this seems to fit
Shapiro's -> Haven't been to an authentic deli yet. Wouldn't mind trying it.
Palomino -> This sounded interesting for the pizza. I like nice wood fired pizzas (I'm Californian) would this fit the bill?

I haven't mapped these yet but I'm figuring many will have to be dinner stops since (from the map) I'm on the far north. Any interesting lunch places? I've been told there is some animatronics style setup somewhere in town that you can have dinner at (more fun than great food) that I wouldn't mind trying.

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  1. Id definitely check out L'ex, its pretty good.
    If youre really into a deli, you should check out Goose The Market on 25th and Delaware. It was just ranked #1 sandwich shop by Bon Appetit.
    Id also check out Elements on Mass Ave.

    1. I second sammyjr's rec on L'Explorateur - it is very good and one of my favorites. L'Ex is in Broad Ripple. So if you go there also think about:
      Brugges Brasserie - french-ish
      Meridian - decent wine list and good food
      The Jazz Kitchen is fun and there is live jazz.

      Since you're staying up north at 96th and I69 - there is also a very good steak place - Peterson's. They also have great seafood and the service is usually stellar.

      West on 96th there's:
      Jasmine Thai
      An Eddie Merlot and a Ruth Chris's - though if you're looking for steak - go to Petersons
      A few pub/bar type places, like Moontown Tavern and Blu Martini.

      A bit southwest of where you'll be is 82nd Street and Allisonville:
      Adobo Grill - good Mexican and great margaritas
      D'vine - a wine bar with a lot of small plate type food
      A bit further west on 82nd (it turns into 86th Street somewhere so don't be surprised) there is a Flemings - steak, Shanghai Lil's - great dim sum, Lulu's - trendy drinks and food, and then several obligatory chains - Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang and Maggiano's.

      14 West, Palomino and Elements are downtown - which isn't hard to get to from where you are, but not particularly close - and they are good. Elements has a new chef and owner and I haven't heard really anything since then - but I'm planning on trying it soon just to see.
      If you're going that way though - that's the Mass Ave area, check out R Bistro. Great food - fresh and local and the chef changes the menu every week to reflect that. There's also several fun and funky shops in that area, as well as some art galleries.

      The animatronics place you speak of is Loon Lake Lodge... I'd skip it personally. But that's just my .02!

      Please report back and let us know what you think.
      Have fun!

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      1. re: Cookiefiend

        Cookiefiend, how would you compare Peterson's now and under Benko? Just as good? I am having dinner with friends in Indy in a couple of weeks and am wondering if it's still worth the trek up there?

        1. re: myplateoryours

          Hi myplateoryours!

          Peterson's is still good. The steaks are still great, service is still attentive. Karl must have been the soup genius - soups haven't been quite as good. It seems like there is more fish (especially combined with shellfish) which is nice. Everything has been very good still.
          We had dinner in the bar early in July and were pleased.
          I think it's still worth it (but I live up that way too) and I don't think you'd be dissappointed.
          There have been a few changes - but they don't involve food - that we were not happy with... but they didn't ask me, so there you go!

          I hope that helps myplateoryours!
          We were at Tallent Saturday - loved it as usual.

          1. re: Cookiefiend

            We'll be there for dinner tonight - I can really fill you in tomorrow!

      2. I'd go to Peterson's, Brugge, Jazz Kitchen. R Bistro, Barcelona, Glass Chimney,Shanghai Lil, and Le Peep for breakfast. There are probably better places out there for breakfast, but it has all my favorites. Enjoy your stay.

        1. I'm a bit shamed to recommend chains, but downtown the shellfish tower at Oceanaire is fantastic, and I've never had a better lamb shank than at Palomino. That said, the independents mentioned here are first-rate, and offer more local, ingenious fare. If you're driving, head south to Bloomington and eat at Tallent. You won't find a better meal within 1000 miles.

          1. I'm an Indy native, but rarely visit the town any more, just to visit relatives that are conservative in their food tastes and go for quantity instead of quality.
            That said, of the above I go to Shapiro's, either on the south side or the north side. Try the pastrami or corned beef sandwiches with whatever sides or desserts you want. It's all good based on my last trip there two years ago.

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            1. re: paoconnell

              Shapiro's stuffed cabbage is to die for. Their matzo ball soup is also excellent. For me, that's about it. The pastrami and corned beef are just not right.