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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

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

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

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

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

Smashed Burgers for Everyone at Workingman's Friend Tavern in Indianapolis

A Hamburger Today Daniel Zemans 15 comments

These perfectly cooked burgers had a bit of oil in them, as is often the case with smashed burgers, but that was a fine price to pay for the crisp exterior and beautiful beef lacing all the way around the edges. More

Indianapolis: Maria's Pizza Still Going Strong After 50 Years

Slice Daniel Zemans 7 comments

Last time I went to Indianapolis, I listened to the people of that fine town and visited Bazbeaux, a place routinely cited as serving the city's best pizza but was, for my tastes, decidedly mediocre. As I mentioned in that review, on my next visit to Indy, I was going to follow my heart and hit up Maria's Pizza, which has been putting out Midwestern bar pies for more than 50 years. More

Classic Fast Food-Style Burgers at Mug N Bun in Indianapolis

A Hamburger Today Nick Solares 8 comments

50-year-old drive-in Mug N Bun in Indianapolis serves classic fast food-style burgers along with homemade root beer and pork tenderloin sandwiches in a setting that provides a window to the past. More

Dinner Tonight: Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 21 comments

"The pork tenderloin sandwich, while no masterpiece, deserves the spotlight every once in a while." I'm getting a little tired of all these comparisons between the Indianapolis and New Orleans food scenes. I'm from Indiana, so I feel it's perfectly... More

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Indianapolis Food Culture?

Katie Quinn 28 comments

Update: This quiz is closed as of August 26, 2013. You know every Colts stat there is to know, but how much do you know about Indianapolis restaurants and culinary specialties? Put on your thinking cap and take the quiz » Equal Time: How Much Do You Know About New Orleans Food Culture? »... More

NFL Playoffs Serious Eats-Style: Which Food Cities Rule Off the Field?

Ed Levine 30 comments

We'll let the players settle football bragging rights on the field, but we can judge which city reigns supreme when it comes to serious vittles. So without further adieu, here's the NFL playoffs, Serious Eats style. More

Familiar to Millions: Weber Grill Restaurant, Indianapolis, Indiana

A Hamburger Today Nick Solares 11 comments

The Weber Grill 10 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis IN 46204; map); 317-636-7600; other locations listed at webergrillrestaurant.com Cooking Method: Grilled, of course! Short Order: A satisfyingly charred and smoky burger offering a familiar taste. Want Fries with That? Comes... More

Bazbeaux Pizza: Indy's Best is Just Eauxkay

Slice Daniel Zemans 18 comments

Daniel Zemans, our man in Chicago, checks in with another piece of intel from the road, this time in Indianapolis. —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Daniel Zemans] Bazbeaux Pizza 334 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis IN 46204 (map); 317-636-7662‎; bazbeaux.com Pizza Style: Thin-crust Oven Type: Gas The Skinny: The undisputed king of Indianapolis pizza serves up pies with good toppings and a tasty cheese mixture that are undermined by a thick flavorless crust Price: 12-inch pies start at $9.25 Since I started writing for Slice, I try to make it a point when visiting a new city to find either the best local pizzeria... More

Visit the Indiana State Fair: Fried Food and Crawling Through a Colon Involved

Robyn Lee 12 comments

The Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis is already in session, but you have until Sunday, August 17, to enjoy the best of what it has to offer: deep-fried fair food and a giant, diseased colon. Indulge in the fair's wide array of deep fried foods, foods on sticks, and deep fried foods on sticks. How about the 2008 Indiana State Fair signature food contest winner, deep-fried bananas foster cheesecake on a stick? Count me in. Indystar.com describes other offerings, from typical corn dogs to not-so-typical chocolate-covered chicken stick. After getting your fill of fair food, visit "Coco" the Colossal Colon, a 40-foot long, four-foot tall model of a human colon "designed to educate about colorectal cancer and other diseases... More

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