Indianapolis: A How to (Eat and Drink) Guide

While I prepare for my trip to High Point this weekend, I realize it's also my last trip before The Black Interior Designers Network Conference. It's been almost a year since I took my first flight ever to Atlanta for the conference and I can honestly say since meeting Kimberly there my life hasn't been the same! I have gone from never flying before the conference to being on a plane every other weekend. I'm so excited to see what the next year of my life will be like.

Since the conference I have traveled back to Atlanta, to Washington D.C, Arizona and this weekend I'll be in North Carolina to attend High Point Market for the first time! Traveling is definitely one of my new favorite things to do. I want to know what cities I should add to my must travel list so I reached out to other bloggers and Black Interior Designers to see what their places of residence had to offer.

A good friend and fellow blogger Martina Jackson who I also met at the conference, was more than excited to share what's special about her city. Not only is Martina an amazing designer, she is also a phenomenal photographer. Many of the photos you'll see throughout were taken by her! Keep reading to see the beauty and great places to eat Indianapolis has to offer.

Yes, there is much more than corn. As a born and raised Hoosier, I’m a little biased BUT, I must share some of the fabulous and fun that is going on in Indy. Often referred to as a “big, small city”, Indianapolis is in the midst of a huge growth spurt. In 2016, Forbes listed Indianapolis at number 10 for top cities for young professionals. With a low-cost of living, expanding tech industry and a surge in urban development – Indy’s got a few tricks up it sleeves that I plan to share.  


As an avid foodie, I love to explore new restaurants and local fare – so that’s what we will focus on today. The foodie scene in Indy has come along way! We are lucky to host some of the most talented culinary experts in the nation. We brunch hard, and of course, we keep it stylish while indulging.  Many of our newest spaces boast interiors designed by some of the top firms and architects in the Midwest. Good food and interior eye candy?! What more can you ask for? Here’s a few of my must-try places to fill your bellies (and spirits).



Neighborhood: Mass Ave.

Food Type: Mexican Street Style.

Vibes: Always bustling and always a good ole (loud) time. I mean that in the best way! Get there early on a Friday night, there will be a crowd. Summer nights, the patio’s always rockin.

Gotta Have: Margaritas and a Short Rib Torta  

Décor Style:  Modern Industrial


Open Society

Neighborhood: So Bro (South Broad Ripple)

Food Type: Coffee and Wine Bar, Serving South American Inspired Fare

Vibes: Hipster game strong. Expect great food and better drinks, of the morning or evening variety. During the day, you will find plenty of professionals stopping in to work and have a quick bite. The moody styling, exposed brick and slick artwork sets a great atmosphere.

Gotta Have: Steak and Eggs.

Décor Style: Modern Industrial. Art forward with moody lighting.




Petite Chou

Neighborhood: Broad Ripple.  

Food Type: Bistro and Champagne Bar.

Vibes: Super chill brunch atmosphere, with a dash of class. Vintage modern décor and a lush outdoor porch make you think you’re not in Indiana anymore.

Gotta Have: Brioche French Toast (and a mimosa, of course)

Décor Style: Vintage with lush details and rich tones



Long's Bakery

Neighborhood: Haughville.

Food Type: Classic Bakery, Known for Donuts

Vibes: Simple, Mom and Pop bakery with a line that’s typically out the door. The long line gives you a chance to think about which tasty treats you’ll get. This is an Indiana favorite, and sure to spark a fun debate for “best donut”.

Gotta Have: Glazed Yeast Donut (and I’m a big fan of the German Chocolate Brownie)

Décor Style: Let’s be honest, we’re just here for the goods

Cake Bake Shop

Neighborhood: Broad Ripple. Food Type: Parisian Bakery.

Vibes: Pretend you literally stepped into a fantasy world of vintage European bliss, full of glitter, cakes, flowers and high tea. I suggest a full carryout of sweets to help you transition back to reality when you leave.

Gotta Have: Quiche. Rotates daily, made with some of the finest pastry dough you ever did taste. For dessert, a Lemon Tart with a Lavender Latte.

Décor Style: Parisian Luxury. Boundless elegance with fine details.  


Be sure to #myiconichome and let us know what cities you would like to visit!

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