Notes of live music echo throughout the two-story structure of Beale Street Live, summoning feet to the dance floor of this Mardi Gras–themed bar and restaurant. The eatery’s savory appetizers, such as steak fries or mozzarella sticks, make it easy for friends to share or play edible Jenga. Classic pub-style bites such as hot wings and nachos satisfy cravings, and cheeseburgers and classic deli, grill, and barbecue sandwiches quell ampler appetites. On top of nixing hunger, visits to Beale Street Live also conquer boredom with brisk games of pool or live musical performances illuminated by a professional lighting system.
The beloved 1950s chocolate drink Choc-Ola lives again at the Rock-Cola 50’s Café on the eastside of Indianapolis. With black and white checkered floors, powder pink walls, teal booths, vinyl record covers on the ceiling and framed celebrity photos of Elvis, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe the café provides glances of the country’s past, while serving up American favorites and unique creations. The Rock-Cola 50’s Café offers traditional appetizers like cheese sticks, steak fries and deep fried mushrooms, and their reubens, melts and cheeseburgers remain as popular as ever. The café also specializes in the occasional unique creation, such as the Hawg Dog, a jumbo hot dog topped with pulled barbeque pork and coleslaw. For dessert, the Rock-Cola 50’s Café makes BlueBerry Thrill, a blueberry bread pudding served with ice cream and homemade rum sauce.
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.
Chefs air all of their culinary secrets at Fujiyama Steak House of Japan, where they expertly slice filet mignon, flip pieces of shrimp into the air, and grill mounds of rice at hibachi tables as diners watch. Guests can also marvel as sushi masters stuff the freshest fried shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and crab inside the dynamite roll before deep-frying the entire cylinder to a crispy golden brown. They create this same crunch in other maki specialties by incorporating tempura-battered shrimp and chicken.
Jack Rabbit Slims specializes in familiar American eats, such as nachos, grilled-cheese and bacon sandwiches, and beefy burgers. To complement these adult- and kid-friendly foods, the eatery also produces hand-dipped milk shakes and glasses of house wine.
Each of the home-style dishes served at Zelma’s Restaurant is made fresh that day—the team of chefs here specializes in old-fashioned country cooking. They prepare fried fish and broasted chicken dinners, and the burgers, BLTs, and chicken sandwiches are all grilled to order, paired up with fries and coleslaw. There’s a 24-hour breakfast menu, too, so you can finally see what maple syrup tastes like past 3 p.m.