Travel Diary | Indianapolis, IN

Travel Diary | Indianapolis, IN

Two weekends ago, Gary and I traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana and practically ate our way through the city. Prepare yourself to be hungry!

When we arrived on Thursday, we checked in at the hotel and then walked to Cafe Patachou for lunch. I ordered the Simple Broken Yolk Sandwich with fruit and a Hot French Chocolate and Gary ordered The Omlette You Can’t Refuse with cinnamon toast (which he won’t stop talking about!). All of their meals are made fresh and local, which is awesome. Every bite was SO good. Thursday night we went to Bluebeard for dinner. The decor was so cool! They had succulents in all the window sills, wooden tables, and a great drink menu. Plus, our waiter was super nice and chill. They also use local ingredients and although somewhat pricey (depending on what you order), the food was AMAZING. For appetizers, we ordered the bread with ramp butter, anchovy butter, and garlic oil, an assortment of pickles, and al forno olives. For dinner, (we definitely over-ordered!) we got the chop salad, ribeye, and some sort of lamb dish (that I can’t seem to find online). Everything was so so good, plus it has a great atmosphere!

On Friday, Gary went to do a tour/info session with a possible job lead, so I stayed in the hotel for the day and worked from the couch. Once he got back later that night, we went out to a late dinner at Bru Burger. We walked in, just the two of us, and were told that it would be an hour wait, so we sat at the bar in a really cozy corner and seriously had the best time! We ordered drinks and the soft pretzels (served with beer cheese and spicy mustard) for starters. For our entrees, I ordered the farmstead burger with a Sriracha caesar salad and Gary ordered the Roma burger with fries. I can’t even explain my burger to you except it’s the best burger I have ever eaten. Plain and simple. Afterwards, we were stuffed beyond belief and were so thankful we walked 20 minutes to dinner.

On Saturday morning, we got up and went to Milktooth. This place also has really cool vibes – garage door walls (that they probably lift up when it’s not 30 degrees out), a patio, a bar, and a coffee/pastry bar. Gary and I both ordered coffees – Daughter of Zeus for me and Love Train for Gary. I was feeling rather adventurous that day and decided to order the Belgian waffle, which was topped with salted butter, local honey, and Parmesan. Yes, you read that right! I had never tasted anything like it before. It was so good! I also ordered a sourdough chocolate croissant – also yummy. Gary ordered the smoked swiss cheese & ham dutch baby pancake with a pecan sticky bun. I can attest to the goodness of both – everything was just so good. The service was also exceptionally good as well. After a bit of wandering, we visited City Market and headed straight to Twenty Two‘s booth. I couldn’t leave the city without trying their traditional açaí bowl. It’s safe to say that I could eat one everyday for the rest of my life! Later that afternoon, we ate a late lunch at Shapiro’s. I ordered the Pastrami sandwich and Gary ordered the Reuben. They were both out of this world! For a super late dinner, we picked up some flatbreads and dips from a restaurant/bar that I can’t remember the name of. However, the best part about our late dinner stop was going to The Cake Bake Shop. This dreamy place deserves a post all to itself. If we live in Indy, I will be frequenting this place for high tea as much as possible. I ordered some sort of chocolate cake and it was too tasty for words and it was huge. The actual shop is every girl’s dream – marble table tops, gold detailing, pink everywhere, sparkles on the desserts, everything is beautiful! I could go on and on.

On Sunday, we woke up early and headed to mass at St John’s and it was beautiful! Afterwards, we walked to First Watch. I ordered the Veg’d Out omelet, which was packed with mushrooms, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and broccoli with cheddar and Monterey jack cheese. Gary ordered The Works omelet. Everything was delicious!

We had the best time in Indy and can’t wait to get back and explore more than just the restaurants (ha!). Do you recommend something for us to check out the next time we visit?