You don’t have to subsist on a diet of fried chicken, sandwiches, and Budweiser during the month of May. Instead, fuel up at these bars and restaurants near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Big Woods Speedway (1002 Main St., Speedway, 317-757-3250)
Pulled pork nachos, house beers, and a gorgeously rustic deck make this relative newcomer to Speedway’s hopping new main strip.
Mug ‘n’ Bun (5211 W. 10th St., 317-244-5669)
Pull up to the curb at this old-school drive-in and turn on your headlights when you are ready to order.
Dawson’s on Main (1464 Main St., Speedway, 317-247-7000)
This proper sit-down restaurant in the heart of Speedway is suitable for the family. Translation: It’s one of the few places in the shadow of the grandstands where you can get a side of actual vegetables.
MisterLino (1201 Main St., Speedway, 317-222-5238)
With its sleek European vibe, this upscale coffeehouse serves supermodel espresso drinks and a panini-centric menu.
Barbecue and Bourbon (1414 Main St., Speedway, 317-241-6940)
Smoked meats with DIY sauces at the table pair with made-from-scratch county sides like fried cabbage and bacon-loaded green beans. Boozy cocktails served out of jars seem perfectly fitting here.
Sushi Club (7230 W. 10th St., 317-248-8103)
All-you-can-eat sushi is made to order at this repurposed fast-food restaurant a few miles west of Speedway.
Mann’s Grille (1214 S. Tibbs Ave., 317-241-5801)
Go big or go home at this westside diner known for its enormous portions and affordable prices.
Daredevil Brewing Co. (1151 N. Main St., Speedway)
House beers and plenty of outdoor seating make this local brewery a required stop for craft beer fans.
Raceway Pub (9104 Crawfordsville Rd., Clermont, 317-299-5291)
Located in a roadhouse-style building in the Speedway-adjacent town of Clermont, this rough-around-the-edges watering hole serves plenty of beer and fried foods. There is also live music and a claw machine stocked with, shall we say, adult prizes.