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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:32 pm 
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Hey everyone,
I have an upcoming business trip for four nights in Indianapolis and I'm just curious to know if I'll be near any good vegan restaurants or friendly people.

I'm staying at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott from October 18-22.

So, any tips or places/people I need to visit?

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:59 pm 
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There isnt much in indy. Barcelona Tapas is really awesome, downtown, and has a vegan menu. There is also an okay Indian place right next to it. If you want pizza WB's is at 62nd and Allisonville, North East side 20ish minutes from downtown, and has a few vegan option and teese for your pizza. There are a few more options. Mostly greek, indian, thai, and brunch places, but most are not downtown. I'll list more shortly when I have more time.

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:23 pm 
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Baszilla, thanks so much for the suggestions!
Any input is appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:40 pm 
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I lived in Indy for awhile but haven't been back there in about 5 months so this might be outdated...

If you have access to a car, I highly recommend Thai Cafe in Broadripple. It's basically my favorite restaurant ever. They understand what "vegan" means and have the most delicious thai dishes I've ever had.

Downtown I usually end up at PF Changs or India Garden (I do prefer the India Garden in Broadripple though). For breakfast/brunch there's Three Sisters in Broadripple, though really the only vegan option is a tofu scramble. Yat's, a quick Creole place usually has one vegan option - I think there's one downtown. There's also Earthhouse - a sort of event/community space in an old church that has a vegan cafe. Not sure if the hours are regular or not.

I think Indy has a lot to offer vegans - you just kind of have to look a little harder. And go to Thai Cafe.. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:43 am 
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Sorry that you're staying downtown. While our downtown is pretty decent in terms of things to keep you busy, there isn't a ton of really good vegan options downtown. It's pretty much built to cater to the people who are attending business events and conventions. There are, however, some options:

Barcelona Tapas- This is my favorite place to eat downtown. Their veggie paella is off the chain and the prices are reasonable. They also have a "vegan menu," which is just a stripped down version of their regular menu. It isn't necessary, because the actual menu is pretty self-explanatory.

Yats on Mass Ave- I don't like Yats, but a lot of people do. It's a cajun/creole place that Indianapolis loves/ They regularly have veggie/vegan options, but sometimes they don't. Get the bread without butter. And bring cash, because they don't accept cards.

Indian Garden Downtown- Meh. Decent Indian food. They have a buffet during lunch time. And they usually have some vegan options on it. It's right next door to Barcelona Tapas, so I don't usually bother going.

There are a few decent bars with ok vegan food. Old Point has some pretty good chili and there are some decent vegan options at MacNiven's. The beer selection at MacNiven's makes it worth going to.

Also, downtown we have some decent chains with vegan options. PF Changs, Rock Bottom, Qdoba, etc are all within walking distance from most hotels and serve vegan food. There is a pretty good Cuban place downtown- the name escapes me- but I went there once and was pleasantly surprised. They also have really good fried plantains, which I'm a sucker for. I'd also check out city Market.

You really need a car if you're staying downtown to really enjoy the vegan options of Indy. There are a few areas to hit up and you can usually find something really good.

Broad Ripple- This used to be the artsy part of town and now just has a bunch of bullshiitake bro bars. However, there still is a little culture left and some pretty good food. Highlights include Canal Bistro (the best falafel/hummus in town), Broad Ripple Brewpub (Good vegan options, decent beer, crummy service. Don't go there if you're in a hurry, but the food is often worth the wait), India Garden Broad Ripple (much better than their downtown version), Shalimar (better than decent Indian Food), 3 Wise Men (pizza and beer. Nothing amazing, but the beer is good), and Brugge (ok. there aren't any vegan options at Brugge, but they have the best beer in the city, possibly the mid west.) Don't bother with 3 Sisters. Their food isn't great and the service is AWFUL. Especially worth checking out is WB Pizza. They have Daiya there and are super vegan friendly. Their deep dish pizza is excellent.

Northside- The yuppie part of town. Where Whole Foods is. One of the more veggie friendly parts of town. Highlights are Sesame Chinese (definitely worth checking out. They can make everything on their menu vegan pretty much. They also serve dishes with wheat gluten if you ask), Tulip Noir (brunch place with kinda crummy hours, but they also have a vegan option daily that are really good. Kinda pricy, but totally worth it.) Thai places (Thai Taste, Sawasdee, Jasmine Thai) are all equally good. Thai Taste has an all vegan buffet on the first Thursday of each month, but that's not really relevant to your stay.

Westside- Our "Ethnic Area." And the food is awesome. The two best Indian restaurants are located in the same building (India Palace and Udupi. Udupi is 100% vegetarian and really, really good. Definitely worth checking out). There are two equally good Ethiopian places (Abyssinia & Major. I prefer Abyssinia but just because the owner's really cool). The Westside also has one of our cooler natural food stores, Georgetown Market. They have a deli that has pretty awesome stuff regularly. And vegan soft-serve.

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:29 pm 
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Holy wow, killertofu. That's about the most comprehensive summary I could have gotten.
I'll definitely try to visit some places, assuming work allows it.
Are there any grocery stores in the downtown area, by chance?

Thanks again for the amazing response!

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:48 pm 
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No problem!

There's a grocery store downtown- Marsh the Marketplace. It's decent. There is also a new co-op on the near-east side of town called Pogue's Run.

Also, the City Market used to have a health food store in it, but they've changed it around and I don't know if they do any more. They do have farmer's markets there regularly, but I don't know the details of that either.

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:50 pm 
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Also, if you don't mind crass commercialism, I run a vegan personal chef service. So if you want to look into that, just click on the links on my signature.

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:38 am 
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Just cut out the bullshiitake and let killertofu cook for you.

That and you should also make the hour drive south to Bloomington, which is incredibly vegan friendly. We're like PDX with a shitty public transportation system.

Perhaps we should have a get together the weekend you are in town!

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:35 pm 
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jewbacca wrote:
Just cut out the bullshiitake and let killertofu cook for you.

That and you should also make the hour drive south to Bloomington, which is incredibly vegan friendly. We're like PDX with a shitty public transportation system.

Perhaps we should have a get together the weekend you are in town!


Good idea.

Also, I'll be serving some food at a show in B-town on Thursday. I can send you the information, if you want.

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:30 pm 
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Having killtertofu cook for me does sound pretty awesome; however, we just took a day trip up there to visit the convention area and I doubt I'm going to get to do anything.

The sessions are going to be going until about 9 pm every day, the traffic to get anywhere is horrible, and I'll be on a tight schedule.

Of course, if you all are going to be in the downtown area, I'd love to meet up one evening!

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:13 am 
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Are you opposed to eating with little brats? We could do dinner, but I'd have to bring les enfants. Fini is zen, Blasto is a little punk rocker.

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
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Brats are fine. In fact, they'd probably make things even more fun!
The real issue is going to be figuring out my schedule once I'm up there...

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
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Keep us posted. Mr. J works up in Indy and we'd happily make the trip to meet you then go see Daddy at work.

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Oh, I didn't even think about doing it during lunch time... That might be more feasible.

I will definitely continue to come back to this thread to keep it updated as the dates approach.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:38 pm 
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Well, I leave tomorrow for Indianapolis. So, if any of you all want to go out one night in downtown Indy, let me know!

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So much for doing anything in this city; the weather has been horrible!
I've been at the convention center all day then I go grab a quick dinner and sit in my room the rest of the night.

It's a bummer because I wanted to go walk around the city and get into some things.

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:51 pm 
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Lame! Sorry I've been busy.

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:22 am 
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killertofu wrote:
Lame! Sorry I've been busy.


I went to Harry and Izzy's one night and had a pretty awesome dinner. Also, Currito in the Circle Center Mall was great! I went there for lunch every day.
There was also mango sorbet for dessert last night.

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
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I'm even LAMER! I thought about you, got caught up in mah day to day shiitake of being a parent that I just didn't make time for it. Booooooo. Where did you end up going to eat?

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 Post subject: Re: Indianapolis Trip
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jewbacca wrote:
I'm even LAMER! I thought about you, got caught up in mah day to day shiitake of being a parent that I just didn't make time for it. Booooooo. Where did you end up going to eat?


A bit delayed, but I appreciate you coming back to check!
I ended up eating at Harry and Izzy's, Currito, and PF Chang's most of the time. I stopped for mango sorbet as well.

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