Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Top 50 List?

Since everyone was talking about the Indy Star's 50 "Top Restaurants" List yesterday on twitter, on request (thanks @zigged for the idea) I have decided to post links to my posts about the ones I have been to (I have been to 43 of them, although I may not have reviewd them all).  So if you want to know what I think about a lot of these, click on the restaurant names below. I have to say I vehemently disagree with several of the choices and feel like there are some major omissions (uh, Oakley's comes to mind).  But mainly, I want to hear what you think. Do you agree with the list? Which were ones that shouldn't have been included and what are some that were left off that shouldn't have been? I would love it if you post your thoughts in the comments below so others can see them too... (I love your twitter responses, but not everyone will see them.)

And in the meantime I will be mulling over what my top list would be....

888 Massachusetts Ave.

4907 N College Ave.

653 Virginia Ave.

38 E. Washington St.

8605 River Crossing

922 Massachusetts Ave.

1912 Broad Ripple Ave.

5694 N. Meridian St.

5164 N. College Ave.

339 S. Delaware St.

1134 E. 54th St.

Corner Wine Bar (I have been, but don't have a post)
6331 Guilford Ave.

840 E 65th St

6360 North Guilford Ave.

1011 E. Westfield Blvd.

114 E. 49th St.

13190 Hazel Dell Pkwy., Carmel

5646 E Washington St. and 401 Market Plaza, Greenwood

multiple locations

317 S. College Ave.

Milano Inn (I have not been)
231 S. College Ave.

946 S. Meridian St.

234 N Belmont Ave.

various locations

Jazz Kitchen (I have not been)
5377 N. College Ave.

Slippery Noodle Inn (I have been, but haven't written a post)
327 S. Meridian St.

127 S. Illinois St.

Hollyhock Hill (I have been but did not write a post)
8110 N. College Ave.

808 S. Meridian St.

4901 N. Pennsylvania St. and other locations

2960 N. Meridian St.

The Legend (I have not been)
5614 E. Washington St.

8950 E. 10th St.

1311 N. Shadeland Ave.

multiple locations

7201 N. Keystone Ave.

Heidelburg Haus (I have not been)
7625 Pendleton Pike

401 E. Michigan St.

8867 Pendleton Pike

2444 E. Washington St.

Abyssinia (I have not been)
5352 W. 38th St.

Greek Islands (I have not been)
906 S. Meridian St.

1417 Prospect St.

1831 N. College Ave.

132 N. East St.

Judge's Tip-of-the-Rib (I have been, but have not written a post)
2104 W. Michigan St.

1904 Broad Ripple Ave.

King David Dogs (I have been but have not written a post)
135 N Pennsylvania St.

5211 W. 10th St.

Peppy Grill (I have not been)
1004 Virginia Ave.


  1. At least they didn't include Acapulco Joe's.

  2. Went last night to Oakley's for my anniversary, and I wholeheartedly agree with you - it's one of the best restaurants I've been to in Indy (I've been to 20 on the list) and I think it's even up there with Recess. How did Hollyhock Hill get on this list, though?! I think several on the list are only there because they give Indy residents that feel good, nostalgic feeling. Jazz Kitchen has a good vibe, but their food mostly was not good, definitely nothing special. Also, Siam Square should rank above many of these as well.

  3. Kim, yeah I think Oakley's was a big miss. And I agree, I don't know how Hollyhock Hill stays on these lists.

  4. I think I've said it before here... you should give The Legend a try. It's top five in Indy in my book, not because it will blow you away with culinary masterpieces, but because what they do, they do really well. Plus, it has what I think I Indy misses most on the restaurant scene, more of a neighborhood restaurant and bar feel. It's not trying to be something it's not, which is why people keep coming back to it!

  5. I've been to 33 of these but felt this list was a joke. How can Zest (a.k.a. Mama Carrolla's overflow) be on the list and not Mama Carrolla's? Seriously, I tried to like Zest, I really did, but never once did I have a good meal or remotely decent service. Corner Wine Bar? Hollyhock Hill? Really? There were some really big misses too, and Oakleys is at the top of the miss list. Would love to know who these "experts" are. I don't think they like food!

  6. I absolutely want to try it Jay. I promise! Soon!

  7. Alcapulco Joes is one of my favorite places in Indy. Yes, you feel awful after eating there, but from the stale chips to the squeeze bottle hot sauce to the stringy cheese dip, this place hits on all cylinders.