25 Best Restaurants

After a troublesome few years, Indianapolis has become, once again, a great place to eat. It hasn’t been easy, though. There were heartbreaking closures. The supply chain went south. Owners struggled to fill their employee ranks. The 25 restaurants listed on these pages represent the most resilient, resourceful, innovative, and inspired survivors—the returning champions of good food.
A plate of food from Rail

Rail Cafe And Market Is Back On Track

Sticking to its original laidback-gourmet theme, Rail settles into a new location.

Road Trip: Ghyslain Bistro

Weekend dinners offer a short list of precision-plated entrees in addition to a well-vetted selection of charcuterie and cheeses.

The Feed: Mouthwatering Fish Fries At Love Handle And More

This week’s roundup of Indy’s hottest dining news.

Taste Test: Nice Buns

These delectable little clouds of dough embrace simple to complex fillings in a soft, pillowy hug before they are steamed to perfection.to perfection.


Carlos Salazar’s umami-rich mushroom dumplings, pork-belly steamed buns, and meat-on-meat pig-face hash have raised the culinary bar while channeling the true spirit of Asia’s great street-food snacks.
Pizza on a peel

Sam’s Square Pies Turns A Pop-Up Passion Project Into A Sit-Down...

A review of Jeff Miner’s Detroit-style pizza restaurant, which is now open on East 10th Street in Indianapolis.

Swoon List: Apocalypse Burger, Mori Sushi, And More

Five things we're craving this week.
Mimi Blue

The Feed: Mimi Blue, Fasola, And More

Citing a slow pandemic recovery, Meatball shop Mimi Blue is closing its Fashion Mall location, but its Mass Ave original will remain open.

The Feed: St. Benno Fest, Rolli, and More

The Athenaeum is the site of the St. Benno Fest, a bock beer celebration that dates back to 1913.