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Indy restaurants from A-Z

Eat your way through the alphabet with these local restaurants starting with each letter.

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Deciding where to eat in Indy should be as easy as ABC — so we’ve rounded up a list of local restaurants starting with each letter of the alphabet.

A. Aroma Indian Cuisine and Bar, SoBro and Fountain Square

Whether you’re looking for Indian street food or classic dishes, this spot named one of 30 best restaurants in 2021 by Indianapolis Monthly has something for you.

B. Bodhi, 922 Mass Ave.

This women-owned spot has arguably the best pairing of Thai food and ambiance in the city — check out their patio in the warmer months.

C. Chicken Scratch, 5308 N. Keystone Ave.

Wings are made-to-order and packed with a punch.

D. Delicia, 5215 N. College Ave.

When you step inside this Meridian-Kessler spot, you’ll be wowed by the ambiance and even more pleased with the dishes inspired by Latin America, Spain, and the Caribbean.

E. The Eagle’s Nest, 1 S. Capitol Ave.

This revolving rooftop eatery at the Hyatt Regency serves up fine dining, local beers, and skyline views.

F. Festiva, 1217 E. 16th St.

Recognized by Indianapolis Monthly as one of the Best Restaurants of 2022, try this authentic Mexican food that’s bursting with flavor.

G. Gallery on 16th, 319 E. 16th St., Ste. 101

This Old Northside spot is great for families, groups of friends, and couples — Pro tip: Enjoy 50% off bottles of wine every Wednesday.

H. The HC Tavern + Kitchen, 9709 E. 116th St.

Check out this classic, family-friendly American grill in the Fishers District.


Nicole was intrigued by the wagyu corndogs on HC Tavern’s Devour menu. | Photo by The HC Tavern + Kitchen

I. Iozzo’s Garden of Italy, 946 S. Meridian St.

Family recipes inspire the dishes at this Italian restaurant.

J. Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, Irvington, Lawrence, and Greenwood

Get a pizza this homey, family-friendly eatery offering gourmet-style pizzas and sandwiches.

K. Kan-Kan Cinema & Brasserie, 1258 Windsor St.

It wouldn’t be weird to go to the movies for the food at this Windsor Park spot.

L. Livery, Downtown and Noblesville

Ranked one of Yelp’s top 100 places to eat in the US, check out this neighborhood gathering place with a Latin-inspired menu.


Nicole loved the tangerine chicken dish at Modita. | Photo via INDYtoday team

M. Modita, 850 Mass Ave., Ste. 110

Located in the Bottleworks District, Modita (meaning “delight”) combines spices and flavors from various Asian cuisines with its own unique flair.

N. Nesso, 339 S. Delaware St.

Enjoy a sampling of seafood, locally-sourced meats and vegetables, and fresh pasta at this Italian spot at the Alexander Hotel.

O. The Oakmont, 323 N. Delaware St., Ste. B

Looking for a trendy weekend brunch spot with comfort classics? Look no further.

P. Pier 48 Fish House and Oyster Bar, 130 S. Pennsylvania St., Ste. B

If you’re a seafood fan, you have to try this spot in the heart of downtown.

Q. Gomez BBQ, 2827 E. 10th St.

Obviously, we had to do a BBQ spot for this letter and this spot will quench your cravings.

R. Root & Bone, 4601 N. College Ave.

This SoBro staple prides itself on serving “honest southern food” with “soul nurturing, conscientiously sourced, farm-fresh ingredients.”

S. St. Elmo Steak House, 127 S. Illinois St.

This historic dining destination in downtown Indy has been featured on the hit TV show Parks and Rec.

T. Tinker Street, 402 E. 16th St.

A Near Northside neighborhood gem — this casual, upbeat spot serves fresh, seasonal fare.

U. Union 50, 620 N. East St.

This chef-driven restaurant and bar features innovative dishes that change seasonallyand hosts live music multiple nights a week.

V. Vida, 601 E. New York St.

Try something new at one of the few Indianapolis restaurants to earn AAA’s coveted Four Diamond award.

W. The Working Man’s Friend Tavern, 234 N. Belmont Ave.

This old-school diner serves up giant burgers and other casual grub.

X. Axum Ethiopian Restaurant, 825 N. Pennsylvania St.

Since we couldn’t find an “X” restaurant, we’re fudging it a little with this one — enjoy the menu of traditional Ethiopian dishes.

Y. Yujo Ramen & Boba Tea, 9431 N. Meridian St.

Choose from seven ramen bowls and 11 different boba teas or create your own at this fast-casual restaurant serving Asian comfort food.

Z. Harry & Izzy’s, Downtown and North side

This spot has “Z” in the name, so that counts right? This upscale American Grill is a classic choice in the heart of downtown.

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