As an agency right around the center of Indianapolis, we’re always surrounded by interesting, unique, and delicious restaurants. Impact on our wallets aside, going out and exploring our city’s culinary side around lunchtime has led to us finding out about some of the best spots in the city. Some are cheap, some are expensive, but all of them are great. So what are some of our favorite places to go and grab a bite
Making its home on Massachusetts Avenue downtown, among other locations in Indy, Yats is one of the best Cajun/Creole spots around. Yats is quick, sloppy, and delicious for lunch (maybe too delicious, based off of how often we go with this calorie-heavy option), with vegetarian options galore. Staff favorite? Chili Cheese Étouffée with Crawfish.
Lincoln Square Pancake House
This pancake house on North Meridian Street is an Indianapolis institution, and Matchbook’s usual base of operations for Monday morning internal agency meetings. Mondays are usually no fun, but starting it off with some delicious pancakes and coffee is a good way to get our week going on the right foot.
Matchbook’s favorite drive-in, on West 10th Street in Speedway, has delicious burgers, root beer and fries. In the words of designer Alex Vela, however, “The only thing that matters is the fried mac and cheese.”
Goose the Market
A non-traditional pick, Goose the Market on Delaware Street is a specialty food and beverage market right next door to Matchbook. Their gourmet meats, cheeses, breads and beverages are perfect for a light lunch, and their coffee and fresh fruit make this our go-to quick snack spot. Plus, the wine and beer section for us to browse after work carries all of our favorite craft brands.
With an interior that our designers love and a menu perfect for sandwiches, coffee and tea, Foundry represents a local spirit that we think is uniquely Indianapolis. Being conveniently close is a plus too.
Fogo de Chao
Fogo de Chao, the Brazilian Steakhouse with a location on East Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis, is the site of our annual holiday agency feast. Expensive? Absolutely. But for one day a year, we love eating like kings as an agency with all the top-flight meat we can eat (seriously, they keep bringing meat until you tell them to stop.) Our Content Strategist, David Hoffman, has some words of wisdom to any new Fogo-ers out there to skip the salad and chicken to save stomach real estate for the filet.
Spoke & Steele
A chic entry on the list for us is our friends at Spoke & Steele on South Illinois Street. The most centrally-located restaurant on our list, Spoke & Steele offers a creative menu inspired from the local ingredients and flavor of the city. For after work, their craft cocktails made them the perfect place to hold our annual Christmas party this past year.
Tortas Guicho Dominguez & El Cubanito
Its formal name is pretty long, but we just refer to this Virginia Avenue eatery in Fountain Square as “Tortas.” Delicious Mexican food with every torta named after a different Latin celebrity makes this one of our most interesting finds, and just another reason why we love this city’s culinary variety.
This old-fashioned diner on East 10th Street has been the site of more than one Matchbook employee lunch. It’s delicious, and we all love a good piece of pie. The diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so it looks like our VP and Traffic Manager share the same tastes as Guy Fieri. Off the hook!
Shoefly Public House
Another employee of the month lunch location, this 22nd Street location serves great food with a setting vibrant and creative enough to make us enjoy the time we spend eating there. Donna Gray, our CEO, and David Hoffman, our Content Strategist, swear by their yucca fries and BLT.
This is just a small list of some of our favorite spots. With all of the great restaurants Indianapolis has to offer, though, we’re sure that we’ll soon discover even more great restaurants.