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Burger City Guides: Micah Frank's Favorite Burgers in Indianapolis

A Hamburger Today Erin Jackson 2 comments

Micah Frank, chef/partner at Black Market and two-time nominee for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef, lets us in on his top burger picks in Indianapolis, from a classic flat top cheeseburger to an umami-rich tofu burger. More

Slow Food Gone Fast: Midwestern Farms Embrace Pizza

Slice Kate Andersen 3 comments

Walk a few blocks in most big cities and it's easy enough to find a slice joint or full-fledged pizzeria, which keeps most of us plodding along our familiar, blinkered pizza routines without wondering might be waiting a little off the beaten paths. More

Bar Eats: 3 Floyds Brewpub Worth the Trek to Indiana

Chicago Josh Conley 10 comments

The menu, like the beer, is unapologetically in your face with flavor you can't avoid. What hops are to the beer, salt is to these dishes. More

Tradition Never Graduates at Rocco's in South Bend, IN

Slice Casey Barber 14 comments

Rocco's, which has made its home near Notre Dame University since 1951, calls itself "the other South Bend tradition" and that's really no exaggeration. Football Fridays are a mob scene for the restaurant's topping-decked pies and massive lasagna. More

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Indiana University in Bloomington, IN

Joe Roy 19 comments

An hour due south of Indianapolis lies Bloomington, an idyllic hamlet interspersed with rolling hills, limestone quarries, and Indiana University. Though IU's stamp is all over the city, Bloomington (like Ann Arbor in Michigan) is no mere college town. There's more than corn in Indiana, and from burgers and pizza to craft breweries and Tibetan food, there's no shortage of great dining options in Bloomington for both IU students and "townies" alike. More

Daily Slice: Purple Pig from The Rolling Stonebaker, Beverly Shores, IN

Slice Daniel Zemans 56 comments

The fact that all pizzas from The Rolling Stonebaker are made in fully operational mid-century Studebakers should be enough to get anyone to try the place once. That the pizzas are delicious and creative is why people keep going back. More

A Sandwich a Day: Corned Beef from Shapiro's Deli in Indianapolis

A Sandwich a Day Daniel Zemans 9 comments

For over a century, people of Indianapolis have never (and I suspect I will never) set foot in Indianapolis without going to Shapiro's for a corned beef sandwich. The giant deli is over a century old and deserves a mention in any discussion debating the nation's best. More

West Lafayette, IN: Burgers Topped with College-Town Nostalgia at Triple XXX

A Hamburger Today Todd Brock 19 comments

The burger that gets the most publicity at Triple XXX Family Restaurant is the Duane Purvis All-American, with its slathering of creamy peanut butter on the bottom bun. More

Dear AHT: Smashmouth Burgers and Pizza in Schererville, IN

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 3 comments

Today's AHT reader recommendation comes from Allyn Paul on his favorite local burger joint, Smashmouth. More

Indianapolis: College Town Burgers All Grown Up at Scotty's Brewhouse

A Hamburger Today Todd Brock 13 comments

I expected typical sports bar mediocrity at Scotty's Brewhouse, but instead I got a kick-ass burger in the kind of place I'd actually hang out at if I lived nearby. More

Fort Wayne, Indiana's 800 Degrees

Slice Adam Kuban 7 comments

Earlier today I got a nice email from John Hartman, a videographer with WISE-TV, the NBC affiliate based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. John hips us to 800 Degrees, a newish wood-oven pizzeria in Fort Wayne. More

Indianapolis: Undercooking Stands in the Way of Excellence at Napolese

Slice Daniel Zemans 11 comments

Napolese is Indianapolis's most recent entry into the world of artisanal pizza. The pizzas are made from an impressive array of high quality ingredients, including some very creative (and tasty) toppings. Unfortunately, the pizzas I tried were pulled from the oven far too soon. More

Indianapolis: The Hubbub is Deserved at Bub's

A Hamburger Today Daniel Zemans 11 comments

Tipped off by a couple of AHT readers in Indianapolis, I headed to Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream last weekend to see what the big deal is. It turns out, when it comes to the burgers, the hype is definitely justified. Burgers can be made of beef or elk and in both cases, and diners get nicely salted patties served at the desired temperature and full of char-tinged beef flavor. More

Indianapolis: Elevating the Local Pizza Bar at Pizzology

Slice Daniel Zemans 14 comments

From the wood-burning oven to delicious housemade toppings to the heavy use of local ingredients, Neal Brown and his team at Pizzology are unquestionably committed to perfecting their craft. A couple of tweaks are still necessary but they're already delivering what a lot of locals say is the best in town. More

The United States of Pizza: Indiana

Slice Nick Kindelsperger 32 comments

The story of Indiana pizza is mostly one of regional influence and corporate greed. Indiana is caught between two equally strong forces, which basically carve the state in two. On the north is the strong pull of Chicago and its thin crust, tavern-style pizza. Pizza comes in squares up there, with a strong preference for sausage. Southern Indiana, on the other hand, seems to show a lot of influence from the hands of Papa John's, which originated in the southern town of Jeffersonville, only to multiply into the third biggest chain in the country. More

Beverly Shores, Indiana: The Rolling Stonebaker Pizza Fire Truck

Slice Adam Kuban 3 comments

[Photograph: The Rolling Stonebaker] The South Bend Tribune in Indiana reports on the Rolling Stonebaker pizza truck, a decommissioned and retrofitted 1949 Studebaker fire truck. Andrea Georgian and Jim Chaddock of Beverly Shores, Indiana, own the truck. As the article points out, she wanted a pizzeria and he wanted a truck. This was their (brilliant) compromise. "The truck is definitely a big draw, especially the older men. And they can't believe the oven's inside the truck," she says, adding that the siren gets plenty of use. And inside the oven, hungry diners will find classic pizzas such as Margherita,... More

Union Jack Pub: Chicago Deep Dish, in an English Pub, in Indianapolis

Slice Nick Solares 10 comments

Union Jack Pub is located in the Broad Ripple section of Indianapolis and is probably one of the last places you would expect to serve pizza. But they take the pizza seriously enough that they have a separate menu for it—it is printed on a pizza peel. The deep, deep dish pizza is the thing to get there. More

Lackluster Burgers from 96th Street Steakburgers in Indianapolis

A Hamburger Today Nick Solares Closed

The ingredients of the two burgers I sampled from 96th Street Steakburgers were beyond reproach—the vegetables were vibrant and fresh, the bun spongy and plump, and the beef had a clean flavor. Unfortunately, despite all these advantages the burgers I tried were lackluster. More

Standing Room Only: The Tamale Place

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 13 comments

The Tamale Place makes some of the best Mexican food I've had in Indianapolis, and they do it for cheap. While most Mexican places in Indy claim their authenticity with over-sized margaritas and burritos as big as your head, this little storefront on the west side does so by focusing intensely on a particular street food that can get overlooked in the Mexican cuisine conversation—the tamale. More

Workingman's Friend in Indianapolis

A Hamburger Today Nick Solares 5 comments

Hamburger documentarian George Motz turned me on to Workingman's Friend, which will be featured in the updated edition of Motz's book Hamburger America, when I told him I was visiting Indianapolis over the winter break. I was planning to write a review, but Daniel beat me to the punch last week. No worries—he did a great job. Instead, I'll supplement his review with a slideshow of photos from Workingman's Friend. More

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