There are so many great restaurants in Indy! In fact, Conde Nast Traveler called it “the most underrated food city in the U.S.” Here are just a few choices within a short drive, bike ride, or even walk from campus.
BREAKFAST Metro Diner
You can practically stumble out of bed and into campus’s Metro Diner. With traditional offerings like omelets and Belgian waffles, and some new favorites like avocado toast and chicken and waffles, the portion sizes are huge.
Pro Tip: You can order breakfast all day long so don’t worry about waking up early.
PREGAME MEAL Scotty’s Dawghouse
The Butler themed décor and large TVs broadcasting sports makes Scotty’s the perfect place to head to before you continue down the path to Hinkle Fieldhouse or The Sellick Bowl. With lots of burgers, wraps, and appetizers to choose from, you’ll be able to cheer on the Dawgs with a full heart and belly.
Pro Tip: On game day, get there early! The place fills up quickly.
BURGER Twenty Tap
A local favorite, Twenty Tap takes its name from its emphasis on micro and local brews. This family-friendly gastropub also has excellent burgers, tasty cheese curds, and some yummy vegetarian options.
Pro Tip: Grab a spot outside and enjoy some of the best people watching in Midtown.
BBQ Fat Dan’s Deli
With an emphasis on food that pairs well with a cold drink, Fat Dan’s has some of the best brisket, smoked ribs, and wings around. If you are from the Chicago area and want a taste of home, the Chicago dogs and Italian beef sandwiches are as authentic as they get.
Pro Tip: They have tater tots. TATER TOTS!
PIZZA Byrne’s Grilled Pizza
This is definitely an upgrade from your average pizza. Byrne’s has wood fired pizzas and stromboli that are a massive step up from the delivery you get at the residence halls. Perched within walking distance from campus, it is super conveniently located.
Pro Tip: Make it a big night out and grab ice cream, coffee, or cupcakes on the same block.
SANDWICH Ripple Bagel and Deli
This place is an institution. Ask any Butler grad from the last decade where to get a sandwich and without hesitation, they’ll point you to this spot on the strip in Broad Ripple. They steam the sandwiches, which sounds a bit weird, but believe us, it’s tasty!
Pro Tip: The menu is massive, and everyone has a favorite. Ask a friend for their pick before you go.
MEXICAN La Piedad
Super casual and super good, this beloved restaurant is named for the owner’s hometown in Mexico. When the weather is nice, you can sit out on the deck and enjoy your chips and salsa under twinkling lights.
Pro Tip: BRICS ice cream is just a block away. Grab a cone and walk the Monon Trail after dinner.
THAI Chiang Mai Noodle
With large portions, a good atmosphere, and a menu with just about any Thai dish you can think of, Chiang Mai specializes in more than just their noodle dishes. There’s an outdoor patio that is great for a date or night out with friends.
Pro Tip: Want to enjoy it from your couch? You can also order delivery or carry out.
SUSHI Sushi Bar
A simple name and an even simpler façade, you might be inclined to discount what’s inside this restaurant on the Broad Ripple strip. But if you like sushi, this is a can’t miss destination. Everything is reasonably priced and tasty.
Pro Tip: The patio is pet friendly, so all Dawgs—even the four-legged kind—are welcome.
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN SoBro Café
This farm-to-table restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. With locally sourced meat, vegan, and vegetarian options on the menu, you’ll leave feeling full and happy.
Pro Tip: Get a Bhota Chai, a specialty blended tea custom-made by the owner.
For a look at our tour of food in Indianapolis, visit our campus map.