Henry's Coffee Bistro invites coffee connoisseurs to crawl into its cocoon of caffeine for flavorful drinks and friendly fellowship. Warm up your liquid love life with a cappuccino ($2.75–$3.50) or white mocha ($3.25–$3.75), or stall summer sweltering with an iced latte ($3.50). Guests can smear a cream cheese smile on a freshly baked bagel ($2.25) or mix business and breakfast pleasure with a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich ($6.75). The Penn Street location's menu differs slightly from the East Street menu—at both coffee shops, however, guests can enjoy comestibles such as a pesto chicken panini ($8), a spinach salad ($7), or a California turkey sandwich ($7.50).
Recently spotlighted by Metromix Indianapolis as one of the city's best options for vegetarians, 3 Sisters Cafe sates vores both carni- and herbi- with a menu of inventive dishes forged from fresh, local ingredients. Featured on the "Signature Sandwiches" episode of Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, the D'nai sandwich soundtracks lunchtime masticators with Shakespearean soliloquies as they vanquish its midsection of slow-roasted ham and braised kale ($11). For breakfast, toast the wholesome marriage of lemon corncakes and fresh seasonal berries before ending it with a delectable digestive annulment ($8.50). Otherwise, demonstrate fungi fidelity with the vegan portobello burger for dinner ($8.50), or defy meal orthodoxy with a late-evening dollop of decadent vanilla-cream french toast ($5.25, breakfast served all day).
August Mascari fulfilled a longtime dream when he opened Augustino’s on the south side of Indianapolis in 2003. Today, the family-owned business, with its strip mall location inside McFarland Market Place at the southwest corner of Stop 11 and Emerson Ave., is known for its warm, welcoming environment and authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant’s lunchtime menu features sausages and roast beef sandwiches, along with pasta dishes like the chicken asiago, a sautéed chicken served in a cream sauce with tomatoes, green onions and bacon blanketing a plate of farfalle pasta. Diners can choose to build their own pasta dish, topping their fettuccini with homemade alfredo sauce or a variety of pestos and other sauces, or they can opt for a specialty dish like seafood ravioli. And anyone looking to grab a drink instead can head for the wide wooden bar, serving a variety of wines and other adult beverages.
A small, yellow sign hangs above the entrance to Mama Irma restaurant in the historic Fountain Square district of Indianapolis, where Peruvian cuisine is served Tuesday through Sunday in a charming setting. Inside, guests enjoy a cozy dining experience while sitting at one of the dozen or so tables – reservations are recommended, especially for evening dining – and dark, wooden floors offset Mama Irma’s festive, mustard-yellow stucco walls. But the main attraction is the authentic Peruvian food, heavy with various meats and potatoes, and stewed up to perfection. Customers seem to favor the Chupe De Camarones soup, a shrimp bisque delicacy loaded with shrimp, rice, peas, potatoes, corn and poached egg; the Seco De Res beef stew; the linguini and spaghetti dishes and the Picante De Mariscos, a variety of seafood cooked in a creamy wine sauce and seasoned with Peruvian spices.
The people behind PEARings Frozen Yogurt and Beyond believe that simple can be delicious, and they work hard to ensure that their dishes use the purest ingredients available. Their certified real-dairy yogurt and greek yogurt contains at least four types of live and active cultures rather than the long-dead Phoenician culture, and their fruit toppings have never been frozen. They use Arabica coffee grown without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers, and wraps are made with meats and vegetables from local farms. The company says it's trying to "[redefine] the self-serve frozen yogurt concept" with indulgent flavors—sea salt caramel pretzel and Tahitian vanilla are favorites—high-quality ingredients, and a slew of non-yogurt offerings for breakfast and lunch.
Hardwood floors, a bar stretching nearly the entire length of the venue and exposed brick walls keep this Scottish pub from being pretentious, even though it is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the upscale Theatre and Arts District of Indianapolis’ downtown. Garage door style windows help to keep the casual, cool attitude, rolling up in milder temperatures for people watching and to enjoy the light breeze. High ceilings and artwork enhance the historic building’s décor, while craft beer, a well-appointed wine list and an affordable Scotch menu round out the slew of offerings at the full bar. Haggis, Scottish eggs, sausage rolls, mince and tatties, cheesy beans on toast and turnips secure the authenticity of the Scottish fare.