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1011 E Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
This Belgian-style pub is one of the most unheralded and underrated places to drink and dine in the country. The beers are brilliant. Brugge make the best Abbey Trippel I've ever tried (though I will admit, I have yet to visit Belgium and drink a...
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653 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA
Bluebeard revels in all things Indianapolis, starting with the name, cribbed from hometown favorite Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name. The kitchen sources from Indiana rural and urban farms, butchers, vintners, and dairies, and makes its own...
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40 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
More than just a place for books (but don't discount the incredible collection), Indianapolis's Central Library is also a community center, art gallery, and architectural marvel. The buildings manage to perfectly blend the grand, original 1917...
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874 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA
Indianapolis has no shortage of creative, new-wave doughnuts with clever names, as you'll see on the menus of shops like Great American Donut Company and Dancing Donut. But only Rocket 88 incorporates an abundance of locally produced treats into...
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3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
A five-story dinosaur greets you at the mecca of all children’s museums, located just 10 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis. The museum has grown exponentially since my first visit decades ago, and it just keeps getting better. A day at the...
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534 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA
The menu at Milktooth features many childhood breakfast favorites—just maybe not the same childhood that enjoyed Cap'n Crunch and Pop-Tarts. Dutch pancakes and Belgian waffles compete for your attention with Chinese black rice pudding and sweet...
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630 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA
Prohibition era-themed restaurants and bars are all the rage these days, even nearly a hundred years after the original ban on alcohol. Repeal is a new Indianapolis restaurant that attempts to go beyond the gimmick with a lovingly restored space...
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I lived in Indianapolis for the better part of 20 years before I discovered the small, well curated war museum below the Indiana War Memorial. Admission is free, and the museum includes, among other things, an impressive collection of...
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210 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA
I've eaten at the Old Spaghetti Factory a handful of times. This last visit, we were on a date without our kids and decided to try the upstairs lounge seating. I love the general historic feel of the building itself, but the upstairs was...
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2503 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
You can find Indy's best sandwich at this local butcher shop and wine cellar, located in the Fall Creek Place neighborhood. The Batali—an homage to Mario Batali—is filled with various kinds of homemade salami, cheese, spicy giardinara, tomato jam,...
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1119 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA
Radio Radio is a terrific small venue for catching up-and-coming national and local acts. I recently saw Family of the Year and Pacific Air here. The bar is located in Fountain Square, a lively and artsy neighborhood adjacent to downtown...
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339 Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA
Lunch at Cerulean is not for the indecisive. Choose a protein and three sides from a mouthwatering list of dishes to make your own bento box-style lunch. If rhubarb custard with fennel biscotti, strawberry gazpacho, and broccolini with smoked pork...
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1050 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
Locally Grown Gardens is a chef-owned produce stand. Chef Ron bakes the best pies I have ever had. His apple, blueberry, peach, and sugar cream pies, depending on what's fresh and in-season, are all mouthwateringly delicious. The crust is thick,...
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10 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
The Libertine is dark and funky, and has a sort of easy elegance to it that you won't find replicated anywhere else in the city. The locally-sourced bacon flight washed down with a screw & bolt gin cocktail? Absolute perfection. The Libertine's...
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501 Virginia Ave #101, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA
Rook is a new sandwich shop that is serving up tasty Vietnamese-style sandwiches. Inspired by the night stalls in Asian street markets, the owners have created a delicious menu of non-traditional banh mi-inspired sandwiches, all topped with...
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340 N Senate Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Indianapolis is the hometown of legendary Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. For those who are fans of his work, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is the perfect monument to his literary genius. Filled with original Vonnegut artwork,...
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502 N New Jersey St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
If you've ever been to Cairo, there is a lifelong sense of withdrawal, we call the effect being"Misrified." When I miss Cairo I like to drive to downtown Indianapolis where the Old National Center (formerly the Murat Theatre) appeases the longing...
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216 E South St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Located in the heart of Fountain Square, Indy's up-and-coming hipster neighborhood, iMoCA (Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art) is a small gallery that holds huge offerings. The displays change regularly, but this is one stop on First Friday...
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1215 IN-49, Porter, IN 46304, USA
Just a 45-minute drive from the Chicago’s downtown Loop, 200 foot sand dunes tower over the wild untrammeled shores of Lake Michigan. The Indiana Dunes State Park has 2,000+ acres of wilderness crisscrossed with hiking trails and camping spots and...
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102 N Chauncey Ave D, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA
On most nights, you'll find a line out the door of this cozy, bustling sushi joint. Despite no ocean for miles, Maru serves up fresh and inventive sushi that is 'crave-worthy'. A decent selection of beers, other satisfying Korean and Japanese...
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1810 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448, USA
Brown County State Park is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the country during the fall months. The park drive offers views right from the seat of your car. The trails offer varying levels of difficulty and beautiful views.