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. According to the folks at Shapiro’s, they’ve only had a few simple goals since the place opened more than a century ago: “Cook good. Serve generously. Price modestly. People will come.” They might be on to something. The food is delicious, the portions are huge, the prices are mostly modest and the place is always packed. You can dine in or carry out, but don’t miss the bakery items either way. Cheesecake is much better for you than corned beef.
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.