Don’t roll up to Indianapolis expecting it to live up to its nickname of Naptown. It might have a history of being a sleepy city, but U.S. News & World Report says that job opportunities and low cost of living are attracting energetic millennials. With the influx of young people, the vibe is definitely changing- especially on the Indianapolis restaurant scene where local chefs are offering creative concepts, authentic ethnic cuisine, and doing it with a bounty of local ingredients. Condé Nast Traveler even put local cafe Milktooth on its world’s best list.
And of course, the spirit of change has spread to Indianapolis catering, where you’ll find nationwide chain restaurants mingling with local chef-driven cuisine.
The diversity in cuisine all adds up to a lot to choices in places to eat. Travis Sealls, creator and owner of Punch Burger notes that in 2017, the Indianapolis restaurant scene “saw a slew of closings, but there is no shortage of new restaurants opening up.” Sealls says there’s a sense of newness in Indianapolis catering. He explains, “The city loves its chains but also has a lot of talented local chefs making a go of it.” Which means you can find national favorites like Boston Market or Buco di Beppo, alongside of likes of Rook, a modern Asian fusion restaurant, and trendy new American fare spot, Bluebeard. And of course, there are also the old school restaurant owners like Martha Hoover, whose company, Patachou, Inc., has run several different restaurants in the area for thirty years, including their latest, a fried chicken shop called Crispy Bird.
Whether you pick a new spot or an old establishment, here are a few of the hottest trends to watch out for in Indianapolis catering:
In Indy, there are plenty of beloved restaurants that run catering outfits. Indy Fresh Catering offers a huge range, everything from breakfast to Italian to barbecue. Their fresh smoked ham with pineapple and cherry glaze is a favorite, and customers love the Italian lunch catering package, which makes ordering a cinch. Choose from pastas like cavatappi with tomato vodka cream sauce or linguine with lemon caper sauce. And whatever you do, don’t miss South of Chicago Pizza, whose Chicago delicacies like italian beef sandwiches and chicken Parmesan with garlic bread make mouths water all over town.
If you’re looking to break the rut and try something new, the Indianapolis restaurant scene has no shortage of authentic ethnic spots. Start with Kalakutah Republic Grill, a Nigerian restaurant where customers love the ogbono, a soup made with ground shrimp and ground mango seeds. At Oso’s Republic, you’ll find delicious Dominican food, including chicken mofongo, fried plantains mashed with chicken. For tasty Turkish cuisine, check out Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe, where customers rave about their doner kebab, ground beef and lamb patties with red bell pepper, skewered and spiced.
Lesson learned: Indy is way more than a Naptown. When it comes to eating, change is in the air. Whether you hit up a popular chain or try a local spot, you’ll see it isn’t such a sleepy place after all.
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