Slippery Noodle Inn

Claim to fame: Indy’s oldest bar. It’s a fun spot for live blues and other kinds of music. They serve dinners, but don’t quit the night job. Other claim to fame: one of the few places I have been utterly, embarrassingly smashed. At least I have a Jägermeister t‑shirt to show for it.

Shapiro’s Deli

One of the Indianapolis institutions. Deli sandwiches piled higher than your mouth is able to open. Soup, bread, and whatnot. Count on a noisy, busy experience, but that’s the point

Aesop’s Tables

Bright, cafe-like atmosphere. The food is fairly good, though the staff can seem a bit stand-offish. Outdoor dining is fun in warm weather, especially if you’re on a debatable first date.

Aristocrat Pub

Pages and pages of menu options offer something for everyone, from huge dinner salads and unique pasta dishes to sandwiches and steaks. Great Sunday brunch offers omelettes and those really yummy cheesy potatoes.

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Raucous, yet surprisingly romantic dinner event. Go with a slew of friends and family, and order family style, it’s an orgy of food and wine. Make reservations early, the good times can book up weeks in advance. This is by far one of our favorites (although again, regrettably, a chain).

Cornerstone Coffee House

Mostly-friendly neighborhood coffee joint. A good place for Sunday brunch (stuffed french toast…mmm) or late-evening coffee. They’re open until “whenever” and there’s a two-for-one pastry special on Mondays when you buy a coffee drink.

Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Co.

Strangest hours known to (this) man, hence the nickname “Hubbard and Closed”, but when you do manage to sneak in during business hours, you’re rewarded with tasty coffee and baked goods.

H2O Sushi

This is not your father’s sushi. Trendy digs, unusual specials with suggestive names. End your dining experience with a traditional Japanese dessert, such as the tasty creme brulee we had…