On the second-story balcony of a century-old brick building, diners at Tavern On South find their meals illuminated by a blend of moonlight and the glowing Indianapolis skyline. The tavern might also be within walking distance of Lucas Oil Stadium?100 feet, to be exact?but its upscale ambiance and seasonal menu subverts what you'd expect from your typical sports bar.
A Dining Room with a View
As noted by Indianapolis Monthly in 2011, the interior's wooden accents and iconic photos of the city "lend the tavern a timeless patina." It's a somewhat modern, toned-down take on a typical pub look, with granite bartops and exposed brick. When the weather's balmy, a meal on the patio offers unmatched views of the skyline.
Seasonal ingredients and creative flavors give Tavern on South's traditional offerings unexpected twists. Buffalo wings are made from Maple Leaf Farms duck rather than chicken, and hefty burgers are crafted from house-smoked bison. Even the meatloaf is made from prime rib.
Craft Beer and Cocktails At the bar, the craft beers on draft change with what's available from local breweries, but patrons can also find favorites from Flat 12 and Sun King Osiris by the bottle. The tavern's habit of bucking tradition also carries over to signature cocktails, such as the Cucumber Collins and a mai tai made with spiced rum.
For a mouth-watering collection of American classics, Moe and Johnny's serves traditional, no-frills fare. The menu at Moe and Johnny's does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Moe and Johnny's — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks. For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Moe and Johnny's' patio. Got the whole gang with you? Moe and Johnny's is a great pick for large parties. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays. Jeans are just right for a meal at Moe and Johnny's, which embraces a casual vibe. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Free parking is available right next door.
Prices at Moe and Johnny's are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal. Moe and Johnny's has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
Oodles of noodles abound at Indianapolis' Slippery Noodle Inn. None of the fare at Slippery Noodle Inn is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — Slippery Noodle Inn offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond. Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Slippery Noodle Inn has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. The live music and dance floor at Slippery Noodle Inn are perfect for those who want to boogie the night away. You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation. You can also have Slippery Noodle Inn cater your next event. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30. Slippery Noodle Inn serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Snack on tasty pub fare at The Grill, a local favorite. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at The Grill, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Don't go thirsty during dinner! The Grill also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more. Sit outside at The Grill and soak up the sun on those nice summer days. Wifi is on the house at The Grill, so you can stay connected on your mobile device. For those big group gatherings, The Grill provides plenty of space to have a good time. A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Can't get enough of The Grill's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
You can take it easy on your wallet at The Grill — prices are generally less than $30 per person. The Grill accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
The Red Room is perfect for beer lovers and foodies alike, with a deep list of craft brews complementing a succulent selection of pub fare. For those avoiding fat and gluten, there's still plenty of tasty items on The Red Room's menu that can cater to your needs. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and The Red Room has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Need room for one more? Add another to your party — The Red Room is great for large groups. Dining at The Red Room comes with dancing and a DJ, so make sure to wear your party shoes. The sound levels at the restaurant can reach ear-splitting levels.
People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.
Those driving to The Red Room can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
With tabs typically staying under $15, your wallet (and your stomach) will be happy with a trip to The Red Room.
A jug of dandelion wine?fermented in 1994?marked the beginnings of Traders Point Winery. The winery's vintner, Bill, was just beginning to delve into amateur winemaking at the time, working in the century-old root cellar beneath his historic home. He kept at the craft in the years that followed, learning to create wines using a variety of techniques. Eventually, he entered a few bottles into the Indy International Wine Competition, earning praise from judges as well as everyday wine-lovers wearing judge costumes in order to receive free tastes. Bill and his family decided to take the next step and open their own winery.
Today, they welcome guests to sample award-winning varietals at their Indianapolis winery. They pour glasses of crisp chardonnay, sweet red wine made from concord grapes, and citrusy seyval. There are plenty of dessert wines, too, including a 50/50 blend of Rhubarb and Strawberry.