Dinner in Indianapolis
posted March 10, 2016 2:50 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Mon March 21 at 7:00 PM, The North End Barbecue & Moonshine
1250 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN, USA (Map & Directions)
Hello! I will be visiting Indianapolis and am looking for dinner company at The North End BBQ & Moonshine on Monday, March 21st.
I'll be arriving in Indianapolis Monday afternoon and was hoping for dinner company that evening somewhere in the city. All I know about restaurants in Indianapolis came from that Bon Appetit article debating if Indy is Brooklyn or not.

I am open to suggestions. FWIW, I am staying in the northwest corner of the city, near where I-465 & I-865 (I do not know your neighborhoods or major roads) which appears to be far away from everything except business.

ETA: Based on recommendation, I've picked The North End BBQ. Dinner at 7pm, I'm thinking. Given that it's a Monday I assume we don't need a reservation, but if I get more than 5 YESes before 3PM tomorrow, I'll give them a call.
posted by maryr to Meetup (9 comments total)

Setting aside the question of whether they're "Brooklyn" or not, there are a number of restaurants of the type described in that article, and of course there's many that aren't. Up towards where you'll be there's Georgia Reese's and The North End Barbecue & Moonshine, slightly upscale soul food and barbecue, respectively. But Indianapolis isn't super big so you could easily go further — it's only about a 20-minute drive from there to downtown, for example. Tell me a bit more about what you like and I can probably offer further recommendations.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:29 PM on March 10, 2016

Oh, wait, I missed that the northside Georgia Reese's is closed on Mondays.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:33 PM on March 10, 2016

Welcome to Indy! I hope you have a great time here.

I'll leave it to others to recommend great places to eat. I just want to second that Indianapolis isn't huge. We have lots of expressways that make getting anywhere pretty quick during non-rush hours. I commute from the south side to the exact area you describe via I-465 in about half an hour. So don't be afraid to go downtown if that's where recommendations send you. It's nothing like driving from one of the Chicago suburbs to the loop, which is a trek.
posted by double block and bleed at 7:02 AM on March 11, 2016

North End is decent and the owner is a really nice guy.

If you're NW, I'd put a plug in for Trader's Point Creamery. They make their own cheeses, and have a nice little restaurant in a refurbished barn. There are also cows.
posted by leotrotsky at 7:48 AM on March 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

Damn it!

Sadly, I will be in the hospital, as I am having bypass surgery on the 17th, and it's highly unlikely that I'm going to be up and about then :frowny face:

You're invited to visit me though. (Methodist hospital, 1701 N Senate) if you wish- I'll probably be up for visitors by then.

Also, maryr is a totally charming person. I met her at a meetup in Cambridge, and we had a really nice conversation.
posted by pjern at 8:03 AM on March 11, 2016

Sorry I've been behind on this. Is anyone still interested in dinner tomorrow evening?

IF SO! I'm going to call it for The North End BBQ & Moonshine recommended above. 7 PM should allow enough time for possible delays of my flight, since Boston is getting a big storm tomorrow. I will definitely keep you guys updated about that.

Again, sorry to pick a location so late. I really hope I can meet some of you!
posted by maryr at 1:08 PM on March 20, 2016

IN's signature dessert is sugar cream pie, which I see is on the menu.
posted by brujita at 4:24 PM on March 20, 2016

I'm in! I'll MeMail you my cell phone number in case you need to get in touch.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 5:30 AM on March 21, 2016

Well, I'm safely landed, so no concerns of delayed flights. See you this evening!
posted by maryr at 11:46 AM on March 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

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