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.