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Hidden gem restaurants to check out in Indianapolis, IN

Indy has so many local restaurants, it can be hard to keep up — so we’re sharing some hidden gems you should know about.

Interior of Tlaolli restaurant with a pink and green mural wall

Tlaolli is a family restaurant with traditional Mexican dishes and fresh olive oil tamales on the near east side.

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Whether it’s truly hidden location-wise or just deserves more attention, we’re sharing some hidden gem restaurants to try around the Indy area.

Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe | 935 S. East St.

This cozy restaurant between Fletcher Place and Bates-Hendricks is Indy’s first restaurant that features a variety of authentic hand-crafted Turkish Mediterranean appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts.

Tlaolli | 2830 E. Washington St.

Tlaolli (Tlah-Oh-Lee) is a carryout restaurant with fresh, local tamales and traditional Mexican dishes — all reinvented with a modern take on flavor and style.

His Place Eatery | 6916 E. 30th St.

A Southern transplant on Reddit called this traditional diner serving smoked meats “a taste of home.” Others recommended the smoked meatloaf and baked beans.

Axum Ethiopian Restaurant | 825 N. Pennsylvania St.

This restaurant with traditional Ethiopian dishes has been serving the Indianapolis area since 2015.

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Tick Tock’s bloody mary is stacked with skewers of bacon, olives, tater tots, and a celery stick.

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Tick Tock Lounge | 2602 E. 10th St.

This “dive bar” is known for its bloody mary’s and laid back atmosphere.

Mama’s Korean Restaurant | 8867 Pendleton Pike

This restaurant opened more than 30 years ago and claims to be the only place you can taste authentic Korean food that’s cooked home-style with recipes that have been passed down through generations.

Chris’ Ice Cream and Mexican Food | 1484 E. 86th St.

This Nora spot got lots of love in a Reddit thread shouting out local gems. One user said they had the “best steak burrito of [their] life” at Chris’.

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