7 Places That Might Change Hillary Clinton’s Opinion of ‘Indianoplace’

Among the emails Hillary Clinton sent as secretary of state—and recently released by the U.S. State Department—is one from 2010 in which she referred to Indianapolis as “basketball-crazed Indianoplace.”

If she were to check out any or all of the great spots listed below, she might change her mind about Indy being no-place. But before we get to those, a few observations:

“Basketball-crazed?” Yeah, but … Of course Indianapolans love their basketball, especially when the Pacers, Fever, Bulldogs, Hoosiers, or Boilermakers are winning. But you only have to be in the city for about two minutes to realize that nowadays we’re a football town—more precisely, a Colts town.

The nickname “Indianoplace” is sooo 30 years ago. Seriously.“Naptown” is making a comeback, of sorts, but Clinton must have been the first person in at least a decade to use “Indianoplace” unironically. She dated herself big-time.

Notice she didn’t take a swipe at Carmel. And for good reason. Just this past June, she made a stop in the north-of-Indy suburb to attend a fundraiser hosted by wealthy socialite Cindy Simon Skjodt. Hubby Bill stumped for Hillary at Carmel High School in 2008.

Okay, without further ado, here are …


Seven Places That Might Change Hilary Clinton’s Opinion of ‘Indianoplace’


1. Milktooth. One of IM’s Best New Restaurants for 2015, the hip little Fletcher Place diner and brunch spot recently made Bon Apetit’s annual Hot 10 list.

2. 8 Fifteen. The finds at this Broad Ripple boutique might run a little edgy for a woman of Clinton’s station, but hey, should could always pick up something cute for Chelsea.

3. Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. One of Indy’s most surprising—and impressive—cultural institutions, it has amassed perhaps the best collection of contemporary Native American art in the nation, and continues to strengthen it annually by acquiring new pieces from top artists who participate in the museum’s fellowship program.

4. Cake Bake Shop. To quote IM assistant editor Taylor Ellis: “In the darling Cake Bake Shop in Broad Ripple, you will feel as though you’ve walked into a patisserie off the Champs-Elysees.” Owner Gwendolyn Rogers has earned distinction at London’s Cake and Bake Show, which led to an order from Elton John.

5. Black Acre Brewing Company. Named the number-one Best New Brewery in Central Indiana by IM last year, it’s an industrial-cool destination for beer geeks and the centerpiece of Irvington, one of Indy’s hottest neighborhoods.

6. Plat 99 in The Alexander. In Indy’s striking, art-laden boutique hotel, the only thing more attractive than the swank lounge’s downtown views and blown-glass light fixtures are its inventive, skillfully crafted cocktails.

7. Le Meridien. The historic Canterbury hotel, with a completely modern, elegant makeover. Even if Clinton doesn’t book a stay, she’ll want to stop for a nip and/or nosh at the onsite Spoke & Steele, one of IM’s Best New Restaurants for 2015.


Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.