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[Jul. 2nd, 2005|08:09 pm]
Dining in the Indianapolis Area



I just moved back to Indianapolis after a year in Madison, IN. Much to my dismay, my favorite Indian restaurant had closed while I was gone. Can anyone recommend some good ethnic restaurants that might replace Shahi Dawat as my favorite? I'd prefer they be on the southside, but I'll drive farther if the fare is great. I'm open to just about anything, but I'm fairly picky about seafood.

So far on my list to try are Acropolis (Greek, in Southport), Bahama Breeze (Carribean, northside), and The Bosphorus (Turkish, downtown, if it's still open).

From: eras3r
2005-07-02 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm not big into Indian food. So, I can't answer that particular question. However, there's a nice Turkish/Middle Eastern place just south of Broad Ripple on Collge called Sam's.
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[User Picture]From: muliebrity
2005-07-02 06:57 pm (UTC)
I like pretty much all non-American cuisines, so I'll definitely check that out. What's the price range?
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From: eras3r
2005-07-02 06:59 pm (UTC)
If memory serves (and I'll over guestimate), a full pita shwarma was around $7 or so. I don't think my boyfriend and I really spent over $15 total, and that's definitely an over guestimate.

Honestly, half of one plus the bread and hummus they give you will fill you up.
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[User Picture]From: muliebrity
2005-07-02 07:01 pm (UTC)
...and if I'd been smart I would have clicked the link first and commented second. Never mind.
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From: eras3r
2005-07-02 07:03 pm (UTC)
It's all good. :)

The Bosphorus website is still up. Strange that they're closed. I'd never been there, though.
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[User Picture]From: muliebrity
2005-07-02 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure it's closed, but I had heard that it might close. I hope not.
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From: sarah0003
2005-07-16 09:08 pm (UTC)
ohhh, Sam's is soooooooooo good and affordable!
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From: r10or2
2005-07-02 09:47 pm (UTC)
what indian place was it that closed that you liked?
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From: r10or2
2005-07-02 09:50 pm (UTC)
duh..i should try to read. :-p

try india palace on the westside..it's around lafayette square. i love it muchly. that and taj of india in castleton are my two favorite as far as indian. a GREAT middle eastern place is the mediterrano cafe up off of 86th st (behind castleton mall). it's quite possibly my favorite restaurant in town..coupled with la margarita on 86th st around st vincent's. best mexican food in the city. :)
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[User Picture]From: muliebrity
2005-07-02 10:14 pm (UTC)
I'll have to try those out. It's so nice to have options again after living in a place where Ponderosa and Frisch's are the two "nice" places to eat.
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[User Picture]From: nikoleblue
2005-07-03 04:04 pm (UTC)
taj of india is my favoriteee!
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[User Picture]From: indygoddess
2005-07-02 10:58 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't bother with Acropolis in Southport... the place on Meridian just south of downtown, and the one out on Prospect, east of Fountain Square (I'm thinking Santorini's, but I could be wrong, it used to be right in Fountain Square but now it's further out on Prospect) are both much better food. Oh, and there's a little mom-and-pop type Greek place at 79th and Michigan, fairly inexpensive and so good I could barely stand straight when we left :)

For Indian food, there's a place on the southside, Stop 11 and Emerson, that was pretty good the one time I ate there, but I'm not an expert on Indian food, and haven't been back because it was alarmingly uncrowded for a weekday lunchtime :/

Welcome back to Indianapolis.
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[User Picture]From: theneonpenguin
2005-07-03 07:28 pm (UTC)
bahama Breeze seems to be about as Caribbean as McDonald's is edible.
It's a loud noisy chain and their food tastes like it was microwaved
within an inch of itself.

Santorini is the place east of the fountain. It's the shizzle for
local greek. Bosphorus was there still a couple of weeks ago and
standing room only for lunch.

A nice indian vegetarian place, udupi cafe (sp?) opened up beside
india garden on lafayette rd just north of the mall (it's in the
strip mall with the value city, a music store and a hairstyle
supply place.)

A little lebanese place is ceasar's place on W. 56th & guion rd.
They do some pretty decent food, but they've been dumbing down
their cooking the past year to make it more hoosier. (not as
many spices, adding hamburger to the menu.)
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[User Picture]From: kalire_bluestar
2005-08-01 01:35 pm (UTC)
Hey all, new here, but thought I'd pitch in:

•India Garden (Broad Ripple) and Taj of India (Castleton) are my two personal favorites.
•Bosphorus should still be open. I loved that place and I've always heard it's busy. Also, the owners of Bosphorus opened another restaurant, Estillo, up in Castleton. It's in the space Something Different used to be in.
•I've been dieing to try Sam's. I heard they really do have the best falafel in town.
•Santorini is super-yum and they give you loads of food.

I hope you don't discount American food. There are a lot of good American style restaurants out there. Yats comes to mind. Gawd I love that place. It's cheap, yummy, and you get loads of food. Agio is my favorite nicer place, it's Italian with some American influences.

Has anyone tried Brugges yet?

Also, if you're in the mood to try some heart-attack inducing food, stop by Rob & Jay's Chippy. It might not look like much, but it's awfully good and awfully authentic British food.
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