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As the name suggests, Fat Dan’s cuts right to the chase with their food, not even bothering with plates. The thick, delicious sandwiches and hand-cut, totally irregular fries come served on a square of brown paper: no frills, no apologies. And if you’ve ever had Fat Dan’s, you know that they could probably spike the whole meal on the ground and all hungover patrons would hit the deck face-first after it. Some people really hate that the fries look like misshapen fry factory rejects, but it’s a central part of Fat Dan’s dedication to really delicious handmade food. Everything’s greasy — or medicinal, depending on your chemical state of being — and it all makes you thankful to that first genius who dropped potatoes in hot oil.
Chefs Joshua Henson and Mark Cox each have 21 years in the restaurant business. But it wasn't until five years ago that they became interested, perhaps mildly obsessed, with fermented and cultured foods. They are both certified healing-foods specialists who can tell you all the reasons their food is good for you. The business partners are fiercely loyal to local foods — their meats come from The Smoking Goose or Rhodes Family Farm, and they have a "one-state-away" policy for all cheeses. Stop in for a bite to eat, and you can also taste one of their on-draft pours of kombucha (fermented tea) or water kefir (cultured flavored water — like a mild tart soda).
Chef Christopher Ely and his staff have impeccable taste, and you are guaranteed to find a new beer or wine option every visit that pairs well with that sexy charcuterie we love so much. The notorious Bacon of the Month Club is the perfect gift idea (four pounds of bacon in four months for $69) and includes a T-shirt, recipe featuring the month’s bacon and Deli Tales book. We recommend gifting that with a bottle of Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous (22 ounces, $7.75) or Founder’s Breakfast Stout (four 12-ounce bottles, $12.25). If you’re in recovery mode, order up a sandwich piled with Smoking Goose meats and eat that bad boy in three bites.
Great midwestern breakfast and lunch, hearty biscuits and gravy, and large selections for lunch! Keystone Deli is a family friendly, casual dining atmosphere.
They’ve got deli meats and sirloins, sure – but Kincaid’s also stocks exotic game, seafood, foie gras and everybody’s favorite, the Neuske’s bacon burger – a hamburger with Neuske-brand bacon ground right into the mix. Maybe you’ve had a sample when the Kincaid folk grill ’em out front of their shop at 56th and Illinois. Or maybe you’ve had their specialty charcuterie at St. Thomas Aquinas’ Sausagefest. If those aren’t reasons enough to pay Kincaid’s a visit, the business was also a location for Peyton Manning’s “Cut that meat!” Mastercard commercial. When you go, expect a line – there’s a reason they’ve been around since 1921.
Monon Food Company "gets" Broad Ripple in some crucial ways. In its neighborly style, the MFC feels like it's already been there for a long time. The new place is delicious and inviting, and it's a dog-friendly establishment too, so be prepared to be greeted by pooches waiting for their two-legged companions to finish their grub and be on their way. With generous portions, bold flavors and pleasant service, the Monon Food Company is a place to share good, affordable food with good friends.
Table menu includes innovative healthful products designed for the time-constrained guest who wishes to have a hot or cold nutritious meal, delicious snack, bakery item, or specialty smoothie or beverage.

Primanti Bros. is one of the most popular sandwich shops in the country. They're famous for their meal between bread "trucker sandwiches" that add coleslaw and fries directly to the center of the sandwich. It's something you have to try at least once, and there' a good chance you'll be back over and over again.
Pure Eatery is located smack-dab in the middle of historic Fountain Square. All the sauces and dressings are made in-house (definitely try the aioli) and all the produce is bought from local farms — the whole place is really conscious of its environmental impact. What’s unique about Pure Eatery is its wine tap — luscious, high-quality wine by the glass or carafe! The owners also partner up with several local businesses (like Fountain Square Brewing Co., for example) and participate in First Fridays for some added local artistic flare. Pure Eatery also hosts holiday-themed parties and activities, so stop by to see what’s happening this holiday season.
If you know it, you love it. Ralph’s is a local steakhouse that simply screams “local steakhouse,” which means great meat on the menu with all the sides and karaoke in the back. You can choose between “Hot Pot Aug” (potato soup au gratin) or “Hot Pot Pig” (potato soup with bacon and hot pepper cheese), or any of the other soups on the menu—Ralph’s is also famous for their chili. One note of interest to both parents and patrons: Ralph’s asks that customers leave the kids at home, so whether you’re kid-avoidant or a parent who needs a friggin’ break, this is one place where you can warm up with hot soup and chill out with a cold beer and toddler-free atmosphere.
Right in the dead-center of the Broad Ripple bar scene is the fan favorite Ripple Bagel & Deli. If you have trouble finding the place, just look for the giant bagel clock on top of the building. Generally, the Ripple is known for the nearly infinite combinations of bagels and toppings available on their jam-packed chalk menu (and their damn-near-perfect Chicago dog.) But they also serve some of the best hot soups in town, with selections like homemade Santa Fe chili and chicken and noodle soup. It’s cold enough outside, we won’t judge if you get a sandwich and bedwetter of soup (Ripple’s name for it’s large-size styrofoam cups). The fridge is full of Ripple’s famous sides to take home to enjoy in the comfort of your own sweatpants.
Shapiro’s has been the favorite deli of NUVO readers for at least 20 years, and won this category every single time we’ve taken your votes. They might be on to something. The food is delicious, the portions are huge and the place is always packed. A kosher-style delicatessen so steeped in tradition that it rivals most anywhere in the Midwest as the place to get corned beef and pastrami piled on top of rye. It is family-owned and operated and it is an Indianapolis landmark, which is why nearly 2,000 people a day walk through their doors for the aforementioned sandwiches, matzo ball soup, mac and cheese and an endless list of other deli staples. (Don’t miss their cheesecake, too. It’s a thing of wonder.)
Suitably distant from the madding crowd that is Broad Ripple, but not so far away as to be inconvenient, SoBro Café offers a relaxing oasis in which to cool the jets and enjoy some made-to-order sustenance at almost any time of the day. Pleasantly devoid of attitude or pretense, this smartly appointed eatery caters to a wide range of tastes, from vegan to carnivore, with a strong emphasis on freshness. The house specialty is the pannekoek, or Dutch pancake, which comes in a dozen or so preparations, some sweet and some savory. Try the chai, a spicy, subtly creamy brew that's absolutely worth the wait.
Unique Mexican creations, including Cuban inspired sandwiches. Non-smoking | Causal Dining | Outdoor Seating | Family Friendly
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