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Brewpubs and other food near Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy?

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Heading to Indy and staying near the Lucas Oil Stadium. Wondering whether there is decent food within safe walking distance from there? Not looking for really fancy restaurants this trip but more really good casual food. We like a diversity of foods but always enjoy a good brewpub with good food. Saw Alcatraz Brew Pub and Ram which both look within an easy walk. Are they close and any good? Other suggestions greatly appreciated. Will have car so can drive.

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  1. There are a lot of restaurants in the area.... and since you're interested in brewpubs... I'd send you to the Mass Ave area. It's a fun arts district with lots of interesting places to enjoy. It's walkable from the stadium area - but a long one.

    MacNiven's is a Scottish bar/restaurant with great beers.
    Chatam Tap - English pub
    R Bistro - local and fresh food.
    Bazbeaux Pizza
    Ball and Biscuit - fun cocktails
    Yats - cajun
    Mesh

    You should check out The Athenaeum. An extraordinary building with a beer garden and decent beer, sometimes live music.

    If you're willing to drive a bit further, you'll get into the Broad Ripple area, where you'll find Recess and Room 4. I highly recommend them both, but call for reservations.

    This thread also has some great ideas:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/782912

    Others hopefully will chime in and you'll get lots of great ideas.
    Have fun and please report back!

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    R Bistro
    888 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Yats Restaurant
    5363 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

    MacNivens Restaurant
    339 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Bazbeaux Pizza
    334 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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    1. re: Cookiefiend

      >> Saw Alcatraz Brew Pub and Ram which both look within an easy walk. Are they close and any good?

      Both are in the downtown area near the Circle Center, an indoor mall a couple blocks south of Monument Circle which is the center of downtown Indy. Both are a half mile walk from the stadium, which is south of there.

      >> the Mass Ave area ... walkable from the stadium area - but a long one.

      Just so you know, Mass Ave (Massachusetts Avenue) is northeast of downtown, the far side from Lucas Oil Stadium. From the stadium to R Bistro is over two miles. Granted, R Bistro is at the far end of Mass Ave, but even the near end is still 1.2 miles from the stadium.

      1. re: Cookiefiend

        Visited Yats on my visit to Indy 3 weeks ago. It was very fun, very casual and very cheap. I was almost embarrassed to put a $6.50 dinner on my expense report. They have an interesting take on Cajun cuisine. Not exactly authentic, but in the same spirit and quite tasty.

        We had the Chili Crawfish Etouffee and the Succotash (maque choux?). The latter was the best but the chili worked in the etouffee. They actually got 2 of the orders wrong: etoufee instead of Chicken Creole. They gave us the two misfilled orders plus two orders of the creole. Needless to say we had way to much to eat. Only a $5 cab ride from downtown.

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        Yats Restaurant
        5363 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

      2. The obvious answer to your question is the Indianapolis cafeteria Shapiro's Deli, which should be within easy walking distance, although I was told that it was a bit dicey after dark.

        Huge tasty sandwiches (I had smoked turkey, lots seem to love the Reuben), sugar cream and butterscotch praline pies, matzoh ball soup (the bowl is too much), shortribs and the locals can tell you more.

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        1. re: chocolatetartguy

          :-)

          The Ruben is a favorite of mine also, as is the peppered beef. The rye bread is killer. We often get half a loaf to take home.

          The best dessert (IMHO) is the cheesecake. It's silly good.

          1. re: Cookiefiend

            Mind you, the last time I had a Reuben at the downtown Shapiro's they actually left out the sauerkraut and I had to insist on getting it - whereupon they gave me a plate of cold, unflavored stuff. I ended up simply eating a bite of the sandwich together with a forkful of the sauerkraut. Wasn't too happy.

            1. re: huiray

              ... it's not a Reuben without sauerkraut!

              What were they thinking?

              Yeesh - I'd be unhappy too!

        2. Well, turns out only were there 2 nights, one meal of which was predetermined...

          The first night we had a very forgettable dinner at the "Old Spagetti Factory"...definitely wouldn't recommend it. Next day we had lunch at the Eiteljorg Museum on the canal. Amazingly the lunch was really good. There were 5 eating and the definite favorite was the Portobella Sandwich, but the other meals were good too.

          For dinner we tried to go to R Bistro but they were on vacation...but they kindly recommended another restaurant. Upon arrival, it was a gastropub requiring all diners to be 21 (one was 20 years plus 11 months)..so that didn't work. Upon desperation we went out on our own and stopped at Mesh. Our dinner was great. The best dishes were a pan seared lemon sole and a sea bass but the burger and the steak frites also fared well..

          Thanks for all the recs...we'll be back to Indy soon...

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          R Bistro
          888 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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          1. re: cook262

            Thanks for the report.

            For your future reference there IS a brewpub almost smack besides Lucas Oil Stadium (very near the NW corner of the block) called Tavern on South. It opened about half a year ago. I have not been there but I have read mixed reviews; it may still need time to "settle down" and/or get better/more consistent, if it does so at all.