This March Madness, it’s all about the underdog. From UMBC’s historical upset over Virginia, to Florida State’s win against Xavier, everyone’s rooting for the unexpected this year. When it comes to noteworthy foodie cities, the situation is no different – the least expected is coming out on top!
Feast your eyes on Indianapolis, recently declared the ‘most underrated food city in the U.S.’ by Condé Nast Traveler. With restaurants ranging from locally-sourced produce to Latin-inspired small plates and authentic Italian cuisine, Indianapolis’ food scene has something for every taste bud.
Whether you’re a die-hard NCAA fan looking for an upscale place to celebrate after the big win, or you really don’t care about basketball but you want a nice meal out, you won’t want to miss out on all the delicious bites our city has to offer. Find out who made our list below.
Proclaimed as the restaurant changing Indianapolis’ north side by Indy Star, Provision is an experience, true to its name, providing guests with the components to create a culinary journey through the menu and engaging service to guide the way.
With an array of options, such as lobster dumplings, kimchi seabass and tomahawk steak, Provision focuses on locally-sourced, sustainable and fresh food, much of which comes from their CRG Grow greenhouse in Indianapolis.
For your next big celebration or night out, let Provision cater to your every need. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Provision’s website.
If you’re searching for mouthwatering Latin cuisine, then look no further than Livery. Housed in a restored 1890s building that once stabled horses, Livery offers a two-story gathering area with rooftop seating.
Bringing Latin flair and flavors to Indianapolis dining, Livery’s menu is filled with options such as stuffed piquillo pepper, pork belly tacos, steak empanadas and house-made churros. While you’re at it, you won’t want to leave without trying one (or three!) of their famed livery margaritas.
Livery is open 7 days a week for dinner. You can visit their website to make a reservation or to plan your next dining experience.
In the heart of the Fletcher Place neighborhood, Milktooth is known for its critically-acclaimed menu, landing itself a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s “2016 Best Restaurants in the World” list.
Certain to make it to the top of any person’s foodie bracket, Milktooth provides a delectable meal and unforgettable experience.
However, keep in mind that Milktooth doesn’t accept reservations or call ahead seating, so be sure to check their hours and arrive early.
Tinker Street Restaurant & Wine Bar
Nestled in the historic neighborhood of Herron-Morton Place, Tinker Street is a nod to 16th Street’s name during the dirt road days of the 1800s.
With a seasonal menu that changes to capture the flavors of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, you’re guaranteed to leave Tinker Street with a happy stomach. Select between entrees such as yellowfin tuna, Indiana mushroom stroganoff and beef tartine, to name a few.
Call the restaurant at (317) 925-5000 to make a reservation for groups larger than 5 or contact them for more information.
Craving pizza, but wanting something more than your traditional pizza chain? Napolese might just be the place you’re looking for!
With three convenient locations in Indianapolis, Napolese is known for their artisanal pizza and extensive wine list. Toppings range from traditional options such as pepperoni, Italian sausage and mushrooms to more obscure garnishes such as Brussel sprouts, roasted winter squash and eggs. You won’t want to leave without trying their sweet pizza, which includes Nutella, chocolate chips and powdered sugar.
For complete hours and locations, check out Napolese’s website.
This isn’t your traditional mom and pop breakfast café. Newly-opened Rize offers dine-in service with brunch, toast, breakfast bowls and adult-friendly “lunchables.”
The restaurant’s healthy meals, beverages, children’s options and snacks are great for a quick on-the-go breakfast or lunch. Similar to Provision, farm features and hydroponically grown produce from CRG Grow greenhouse are available for guests.
Open for breakfast and lunch only, Rize is sure to become your new favorite brunch spot. Call 317-843-6101 with questions or visit them online.
For more than two decades, Sangiovese Ristorante has provided high quality ingredients and impeccable service to Indianapolis’ north side.
Open daily for dinner, Sangiovese’s menu is full of appetizing dishes like linguini tossed with gulf shrimp, penne served with sautéed Italian sausage and tenderized veal served in a traditional marsala wine sauce. Plus, Sangiovese’s broad wine list is ideal for anyone looking to enjoy a glass of vino alongside their pasta.
You can make a reservation for Sangiovese online, or by calling (317) 757-5913.
If diversity is what you’re searching for, then Mesh is a must-try. Blending contemporary elegance and comfort with innovative cuisine, Mesh is suitable for business meetings, romantic evenings or a night out with friends. This trendy gathering place also includes an outdoor patio and happy-hour specials.
Their menu comprises of brunch, lunch, dinner, desserts and a large wine and cocktails list. Guests can enjoy favorites such as Amish chicken with blue cheese mashed potatoes in a sherry cream sauce, lobster bisque or even spicy garlic shrimp fettuccini.
Guests can make a reservation online, or call (317) 955-9600 for more information.
This spring, don’t let basketball be the only thing you’re creating a bracket for. Make these top Indy restaurants next on your must-visit list and get to eating!