Having spent a fair share of my time at my favorite local eateries, I figured I'd share my wealth of knowledge about the best Mass Ave restaurants here in Indianapolis!
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Wondering where to eat on Mass Ave?
In honor of all my favorite spots opening up, I've decided to share my recommendations in our lovely downtown neighborhood, Mass Ave! Hopefully the first of many posts focusing on Indy, a little closer to home!
Whether it's quick bar bites or a 5-course meal, we've got it all here on Mass Ave! One of Indianapolis's four, main diagonal streets coming off of The Circle, Massachusetts Avenue and the surrounding streets has become the fastest growing neighborhoods in the entire city. Originally "the German" area of town, in the mid-to-late 19th century, you'll still see traces of that Midwestern history on "the Ave," including a personal favorite of mine, The Rathskeller, which celebrates its German heritage, well all the time, but particularly in the fall!
I've thrown in a few coffee selections - we've all needed a pick-me-up after a late night "on the Ave!" So let's explore Mass Ave! And if you're looking for Indianapolis Date Night ideas, check out the full post!
Mass Ave Restaurants: Ralston's
While we're discussing the lay-out of Indianapolis, I'd be remiss not to start with Ralston's, named for the city planner who designed Indianapolis in 1821, Alexander Ralston, a disciple of Pierre L'Enfant, of Washington D.C. fame.
A locally-owned, comfortable tavern, with a full bar and a menu that constantly surprises, it's our favorite spot to bring out-of-town guests, to show them that Indy can do a fancy, yet relaxing watering hole just as well as anywhere. For flatbreads, I'll recommend the Peachy Pig, and the Pinkies-Out BLT is my new go-to for sandwiches. Get here early - and don't expect to just waltz onto the patio on a Saturday night at this popular spot!
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Mass Ave Restaurants: Union 50
Mass Ave Restaurants:
An import from Louisville, hence the name, LouVino is a relatively recent addition to "the Ave." With "Southern-inspired" small plates and excellent wine selections, it's great for pre-theatre dinner if you'll be visiting the Murat! Cheese lovers should try their wine and cheese pairings (pictured).
Mass Ave Restaurants:
Tavern at the Point
Extra credit: Commissary
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Mass Ave Restaurants: Bazbeaux
Try the Bazbeaux special.
If you're looking to explore Mass Ave's delicious cocktail scene, I'd recommend Ball & Biscuit, which has well-trained bartenders and a wide variety of unique concoctions.
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Mass Ave Restaurants: Vida
Extra Credit: Stout's Shoes
They have a parrot.
What more do you need to know?
Best Outdoor Dining
on Mass Ave
Nine Irish Brothers
Mini Blue Meatballs
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