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Reader's Choice

We asked, you answered! Here’s a selection of great advice from our Best of Indy 2012 audience survey.

BEST SUSHI

Ichiban Noodles, 8355 Bash St., 317-841-0484

“It has an ex-Sakura sushi master without the crowd.” —Elise LeBlanc, Carmel

 

BEST PIZZA

Gallagher’s Pizza Express, gallagherspizzaexpress.com, 8028 S. Emerson Ave., 317-534-4949; 2390 W. Southport Rd., 317-884-3850

“It’s called The Sink: a 14-fresh-topping, 7-lb. masterpiece. Massive pizza with massive flavor.” —Willis Mills, Indianapolis

 

BEST BREADED TENDERLOIN

Parky’s Smokehouse, www.parkyssmokehouse.com, 2479 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, 765-482-1646

“Hand-breaded, huge, not a fritter.” —Tina Broach, Lebanon

 

BEST STEAK

Bynum’s Steakhouse, www.bynumssteakhouse.com,

3850 S. Meridian St., 317-784-9880

“Southsiders won’t tell you how great this place is. Nothing fancy, but killer bone-in steaks and prime rib.” —Jeremy Hatch, Indianapolis

 

BEST BURGER

Boogie Burger, www.boogieburger.com, 1904 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-255-2450

“The black-bean burger is righteous. Add the serrano peppers and you have a winner.” —Patricia Gamble-Moore, Carmel

 

BEST FANCY GROCERY

The Fresh Market, www.thefreshmarket.com, 5415 N. College Ave., 3317-259-9270

“Can’t go wrong with the quality of meats, seafood, and pastries. Where else can you grocery shop to classical music?” —Jan Royce, Indianapolis

 

BEST CAKES

Shapiro’s Deli, www.shapiros.com, 808 S. Meridian St., 317-631-4041; 918 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel, 317-573-3354

“There is nothing like their lemon cake or their chocolate marble.” —Michael Blickman, Indianapolis

 

BEST SUNLESS TANNING

Air-Tan, air-tan.com, 6249 N. College Ave., 317-254-8267

“They spray you by hand so you don’t turn out streaky or splotchy.” —Jean O’Laughlin, Indianapolis

 

BEST DAY SPA

Studio 2000, www.studio2000spa.com, 55 Monument Circle, 317-687-0010

“It is right in the heart of the city but makes you feel like you’re in another world.” —Melanie Allen, Indianapolis

 

BEST YOGA STUDIO

City Yoga, www.cityoga.biz, 2442 Central Ave., 317-920-9642

“Free Recovery Yoga on Saturdays!” —Tony Dale, Indianapolis

 

CONCERT VENUE

The Lawn at White River State Park, inwhiteriver.wrsp.in.gov/ATTRACTIONS/Attraction/AttractionID/10, 801 W. Washington St., 317-233-2434

“Just the right amount of intimacy, and yet it attracts big names. Also, the provided chairs are a perk.” —Emily Atwood, Indianapolis

 

BEST ART GALLERY

Harrison Center for the Arts, www.harrisoncenter.org/home.php, 1505 N. Delaware St., 317-396-3886

“First Fridays are amazingly diverse and full of great company.” —Jean O’Laughlin, Indianapolis

 

BEST BOUTIQUE

Niche, shopnicheboutique.com, 916 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-205-9680

“Reminds me of Topshop in the U.K.” —Rebecca Annie, Indianapolis

 

BEST TOY STORE

My Toy Garden, www.mytoygarden.com, 301 E. Carmel Dr., Carmel, 317-571-1234

“Janet is always looking for new things that promote creativity and foster responsible parenting. She has an entire section devoted to kids with special needs.” —Ellie Brown, Zionsville

 

BEST INVITATIONS

Pink Poppy Ink, www.pinkpoppyink.com, 450 E. 96th St., Ste. 500, 317-489-0774 (appointment only)

“Beautifully handcrafted and coordinated.” —Tiffany Berkson, Indianapolis

 

BEST SHOE REPAIR

Hakky Instant Shoe Repair, hakkyshoes.com/site, Castleton Square Mall, 317-849-3286; Greenwood Park Mall, 317-881-0672

“They can repair almost anything, and if they can’t, they will tell you as soon as you bring it in so you don’t waste your time.” —Barb Vrska, Fishers

 

BEST PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Bobbi & Mike, www.bobbiandmike.com/index2.php#/home/, 317-635-2265

“Check out their blog; you will quickly see why.” —Maureen Miller, Indianapolis

 

BEST PARK

100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, www.imamuseum.org/100acres, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Rd., 317-923-1331

“It’s hard to believe you are still in a city when you are here. It’s beautiful and peaceful.” —Megan Treida, Indianapolis

 

BEST TRIVIA NIGHT

Broad Ripple Brewpub, www.broadripplebrewpub.com, 840 E. 65th St., 317-253-2739

“Tuesday is Pub Quiz night, and Billy the Quizmaster dishes out 20 questions. No gimmes in the lot. Just see if you can best The Black Friars for that $25 gift card.” —Hugh Vandivier, Indianapolis

 

YOUR TURN! Tell us in the comment thread below about your secret Best-worthy place in the city.


WILD CARDS

King Wok, 4150 Lafayette Rd., 317-295-8090

“There’s a little Vietnamese place on Lafayette Road that makes amazing bun (a noodle salad). Hands down my favorite lunch in the city.” —Sarah Urist Green, Indianapolis

Comic Carnival, comiccarnival.com, 7225 N. Keystone Ave., 317-253-8882

"It’s one of the oldest comic-book stores in the country.” —Bobby Bell, Indianapolis

Running in Eagle Creek Park, www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPR/Parks/List/Pages/EagleCreekPark.aspx, 7840 W. 56th St., 317-327-7110

“Watching the sunrise (and the mist rise) over the reservoir.” —Rebecca Howath, Indianapolis

Holy Cow Cupcakes!, holycowcupcakes.com, Carmel City Center, 317-571-1500

“The bon bons!” —Micayla McElvain, Indianapolis

Napolese, www.cafepatachou.com, 114 E. 49th St., 317-925-0765

“Corn, goat cheese, and tomato salsa.” —Tim Mitchell, Westfield



This article appears as a web-exclusive companion piece to our Best of Indy cover package in the December 2012 issue.