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Dec 11, 2009 01:01 PM

Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana

I'm going to be flying in to Indianapolis and driving to Bloomington, where I'll be staying for several days. So I'm looking for 1-2 places for dinner in Indianapolis, or between there and Bloomington if there is something unique/worthwhile along the way, and 2-3 places for dinner in Bloomington. I am primarily vegetarian, and try to eat local and organic whenever possible. (So I'm not interested in steak or seafood joints.) Can you recommend any slow-foodie restaurants in Indianapolis and/or Bloomington? Or what about only-in-IN establishments in Bloomington and/or Indy? Thanks for your help!

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  1. Indianapolis: R Bistro for local. Siam Square for Thai. Goose the Market for lunch.

    Bloomington: Restaurant Tallent, Finch's, Farm. I'm sure there are many Vegetarian options but not sure where the best are.

    In between: Nothing that I know of

    1. Restaurant Tallent (Bloomington) would fit everything you described very well.

      1. The best slow food restaurant hands down in Indy is Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville. It's an organic dairy farm that produces products shipped nationwide. They opened a restaurant called "The Loft" that has an EXCELLENT slow food and organic menu.

        1. Solid recs for Tallent, Finches, Farm, and I'd add Limestone Grille. Suggest you call ahead and state your requirements. Any of these restaurants would be happy to cater to your needs. Had an excellent vegetarian meal at Limestone last week, and have had many great veggie meals at the other spots.

          1. Boston hound here, just spent a few days visiting Indianapolis and really enjoyed dinner at Oakleys Bistro. Had no trouble putting together three vegetarian courses-- ingredients are local and seasonal combined in very creative and unexpected ways. Good wide ranging wine list, super staff.

            Shapiro's deli is an Indy institution not to miss, even if you can't find anything to eat but salad, go for the PIE!

            Oakleys Bistro
            1464 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

            Shapiro's Delicatessen
            808 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225