Eat + Drink

Ready, Set, Eat. Where to Taste Winning Bites in Downtown Indy

One of the best bites in downtown Indy? The pomme frites at Brugge Brasserie. (Photo: Getty Images)

Foodies rejoice. Indy is known for more than race car culture. The food scene here has gone high-octane with a diverse array of restos and dishes to suit any taste; so head downtown and get ready for some seriously good eats.

Brugge Brasserie

Cozy up Belgian-style at quaint Brugge Brasserie with a fantastic Belgian ale; we suggest the Thunder Monkey or Tripel De Ripple. Dig into pommes frites with creamy garlic dipping sauce. Or take it a step further and devour the Moules Frites — 2 pounds of PEI mussels, with 12 different broths to choose from, and a cone of fries. Oh, and don’t forget the crêpes — savory duck breast perhaps, or maybe a Nutella crêpe to cap off your feast?

Scotty’s Brewhouse

Hungry kids? Thirsty parents? Scotty’s Brewhouse, in the middle of downtown Indy, is the perfect respite from a jam packed day of Indy fun. Warm and inviting, Scotty’s serves up delicious comfort food and a kid’s menu that puts others to shame. Go for their famous grilled cheese for a satisfying bite. Gluten free? No problem. Scotty’s has you covered. And grownups, there are plenty of craft beers to quench your thirst for suds.


You’ve had pizza, but have you had “Pizza of Principle”? At Indy’s Pizzology, they are way, way serious about local sourcing, including choosing farms that raise animals and grow veggies with integrity. Cheesophiles delight: The hand-stretched mozzarella is made in house, and for an extra-cheesy bite, go for the Baby Cheesus, a four-cheese disc of awesome. You’ll leave with a clean conscience and a clean plate.

Havana Café

Cuban cuisine in the heart of Indy? You betcha. Find scrumptious, Cuban bites at Havana Café. Start with one of their famous Cuban sandwiches, trust us, you can’t go wrong, or kick your culinary adventure up a notch with the oxtail and yellow rice. Don’t forget the black bean soup and fried plantains … so yummy. Cap it off with a cup of Cuban espresso, the perfect pick-me-up before you keep on checking out all downtown Indy has to offer.

Here’s an illustrated guide to downtown Indy’s best bites:

(Infographic: Lemonly)