McSwain's Smokehouse gathers a medley of classic recipes from the country's most respected barbecuing regions?Texas, Memphis, the Carolinas, and Kansas City. Hickory smokers cook bacon-wrapped ribs, polish sausages, and slow-smoked beef brisket. In addition to these, chefs build more than a dozen sandwiches, including the McSwain burger topped with shaved brisket, barbecue sauce, and cole slaw. Though the restaurant's food spans different parts of the country, its drink list tends to celebrate Indiana, with a variety of locally brewed beers available in the outdoor beer garden.
Truelove is more than Paige's last name, it's what she found when she began creating cupcakes. When Paige first started baking them at the age of 15, it was only for friends and family as a way to honor the memory of her grandmother. But the more she whipped up the scrumptious desserts, the more she was hooked, and in the summer of 2013, she did something most teenagers only dream of, besides leading a sit-in to protest geometry?she opened her own business, Truly Lovely Cupcakes.
Paige's repertoire now incorporates more than 50 cupcake flavors. Options such as chocolate peanut butter sprinkled with mini chocolate chips and red velvet with cream-cheese frosting are always available, but each day of the week she also churns out day-specific flavors, such as carrot on Tuesday and chocolate salted caramel on Friday. Paige also creates specialty fundraiser cupcakes, which benefit local charities.
3 Days in Paris Market Fresh Crepes, located in the middle of downtown’s historic City Market, whips up sweet and savory crêpes for tourists, businessmen and urban dwellers looking for something unusual. The small wooden booth is covered by a French-style, black and white striped awning and lists its menu items on a chalkboard behind the front counter. Green Eggs and Ham, Red Eggs and Bacon, and Black and Bleu Moo are colorful choices for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and other savory options include Buffalo, Pic Nic, Market Street and Harvest crêpes. Sweet concoctions include Classic, Dr’s Orders, Apple Pie High and St. Stephen. The Parisian style crepes are available daily from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
From the thick golden crusts of his Chicago-style pizzas to the hand-pounded cuts of pork on his tenderloin sandwiches, chef and owner Michael Kotarski, who co-owns the restaurant with his sister, Katie, caters to hearty appetites. Strapping plates can be found throughout the menu, including triple-decker BLTs layered between sourdough. The kitchen turns out dessert orders from scratch that feature bread pudding, white chocolate raspberry bars, and salted caramel bars.
The Labor District Cafe treats guests to a smorgasbord of hearty locally sourced comfort food, its menu setting stomachs rumbling with promises of Indy cheesesteak sandwiches, fried catfish, eggs and bacon, and biscuits. Each bite of omelet, meatloaf, and club sandwich bursts at the seams with local pride?with the restaurant's poultry, ham, eggs, coffee, and condiments all sourced from Indiana farms and producers.
Located on the east side of Indianapolis, The Legend Classic Irvington Cafe has been a popular spot for casual diners since opening in 2003. Accessible during lunch and dinner hours Tuesday through Saturday, the neighborhood eatery sits at the far west end of a one-story, multi-tenant building near the corner of Layman and Washington Street. Limited street-side parking is an option, but the Legend Classic also shares a spacious rear lot with other businesses. Inside, there are two separate dining areas; one has a classic traditional feel thanks to walls that boast a variety of paintings and white cloth-covered tables. The east side dining area is a bit more casual with quaint tables and booths. Sandwiches include classics such as turkey, roast beef and ham, wraps and two versions of a sloppy joe. Dinner plates feature seafood, beef tenderloin, chicken, meatloaf and pork.