John’s Famous Stew Restaurant

For almost 100 years, John’s Famous Stew Restaurant has brought flavor and charm to Indianapolis residents with their homestyle cooking. The famous stew recipe dates back to the late 1800s, when Mother Dapa Stragneff cooked it for her nine children. Two of her sons opened a restaurant in 1911, and their biggest hit was mother’s stew.

The business is named after a nephew that took over the business after World War II. It was originally located on West Washington Street before it moved to the southside. Today, John’s Famous Stew Restaurant can be found very near downtown Indianapolis, just west of the Indianapolis Zoo and White River State Park. Although the location has changed over time, one thing has remained a constant, and that’s the classic stew recipe that originally made the Indianapolis business thrive.

Stew is the specialty at John’s Famous Stew Restaurant, but they’re also known for theirtheir burgers, grilled tenderloin, clubs and even steaks. The best part of it all is that everything on the menu is under $9. No other restaurant in town will have as much variety of stew as John’s Famous Stew. They offer six different kinds of stew that are made fresh daily. For those who love the spice, hot stew is the traditional favorite. They also have a unique stuffed pepper stew and a goulash stew. For dessert, John’s Famous Stew features avariety of homemade fruit cobbler.

Because John’s Famous Stew Restaurant really cares about customers and Indianapolis health overall, they began frying in only 100 percent canola oil. In order to make your carry out dining experience more convenient, there is a carry out fax form that can be found online. The prices are already hard to beat in all of Indy, but John’s Famous Stew even offers coupons on its Web site.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays

John’s Famous Stew

1146 Kentucky Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46221


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