Chris Benedyk, owner of Love Handle restaurant in Indianapolis’ Springdale neighborhood, describes his food as “comforty food that’s a little bit eclectic.”
Spend some time in the Indiana capital, and you’ll find Benedyk’s description aptly fits the city’s food scene as well as his own menu. To dine around Indy is to discover a tasteful blend of adventuresome cuisine and hearty favorites, served with a healthy dose of hometown pride.
There are plenty of casual and fine dining places in the bustling downtown, erudite eateries in the nearby neighborhoods and homey bars with great food that represent what Indiana is all about.
“The scene has exploded during the last couple of years,” says Micah Harshaw, general manager of The Tamale Place at the Indianapolis City Market. “We’ve got a lot of food options and a lot of people from out of town checking us out.”
Browse the photos above for a tour of 10 tastes of Indianapolis for $10 or less. Plus, see budget-friendly flavors in other cities below.