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Indianapolis, Indiana Restaurants with American Cuisine: Best of the Midwest

What’s the staff of life in and around Indiana‘s capital city, Indianapolis? The Circle City is so diverse, one could almost point to its great Italian, Mexican or even Asian dining establishments to answer the question. But there are, in fact, dozens of restaurants in Indianapolis given over to the preparation and service of real American cuisine.

Perhaps, in the Heartland, the humble Angus hamburger is the staff of life. Or it could also be found at the great steak houses in Indianapolis, or even the many barbecue restaurants in Indianapolis as well. Below is a representative list of Indianapolis restaurants with American cuisine. These are greater Indianapolis restaurants with American cuisine only, renowned for their excellent offerings of edible Americana. Follow the links for lots more information, articles and photos.

Indianapolis Restaurants with American Cuisine

Ann’s Restaurant: With items like grilled tenderloin, pork chops and Ann’s homemade chili, this restaurant in next door Franklin, Indiana has American cuisine you’ll come back for, in good quantities, and for good prices.
Aunt Judy’s Country Kitchen: The nearby suburb of Franklin makes some great homemade American food, including fried chicken dinners and with mashed potatoes and country gravy.
Bub’s Cafe and Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream: The quintessential American restaurant, Bub’s is located in beautiful Carmel, Indiana, a suburb just north of Indianapolis. Try their legendary Elk Burgers, or the Big Ugly Burger, a one-pound wonder.
Champps Americana Restaurant: As the name implies, this is one of the premier Indianapolis restaurants with American cuisine, from chops to mashed potatoes and all your favorites in between. Located in downtown Indianapolis.
Claypool Grille: Inside the Embassy Hotel in downtown Indy, adjacent to the Circle Centre Mall, the Claypool specializes in favorite American comfort food like chicken noodle soup and meatball sandwiches.
Edwards Drive-In Restaurant: Sock-hops and root beer floats, anyone? Take a trip back to the 50’s at Edwards, where you’ll find everything from Coney Dogs to giant onion rings.
Grandma’s Pancake House and Restaurant: Here’s a nice stop in nearby Shelbyville, Indiana when you can get that all-American breakfast you crave, as well as some other great items, like a Philly Cheese Steak and Grandma’s soup in a crock.
Gray Brothers Cafeteria: Here’s the old-style, comforting Midwest cafeteria, the kind everybody in the familiy has reason to love. You’ll find Swiss steak, pork roast with dressing, fish, meatloaf, chicken and noodles and so much more. In nearby Mooresville, Indiana.
Hollyhock Hill Restaurant: This is a cozy restaurant in Indianapolis serving a menu that might reasonably be labeled “Midwest Comfort Food.” Don’t miss the fried chicken or the country-style biscuits and gravy.
Iron Skillet: Delivering home cooking right to your table, the Iron Skillet has family style meals everybody in your tribe will adore. Try the fried chicken, which comes with everybody’s favorite sides, and a huge dessert selection.
John’s Famous Stew Restaurant: After more than a century, John’s is still warming chilly Hoosiers with the stew that made it famous. They offer many varieties of stew, plus other favorite American food, such as burgers, steaks and grilled tenderloin.
Judy’s Cafe and Restaurant: What in the world could be more American than homemade meatloaf with mashed potatoes, or creamy mac and cheese? Find them at Judy’s Cafe in nearby Lebanon, Indiana.
The Mayberry Cafe: In nearby Danville, this place serves up Americana like nobody’s business, in a dining room that looks like it could belong to Aunt Bea. Try Barney’s BBQ and the Otis Stew.
The Old Country Buffet: Exactly what you’d expect, country cooking at its best, and all you can eat, too, choosing among more than 100 items made just like Grandma used to make ‘em.
The Riley House: In nearby Greenfield, Indiana, birthplace of the famed Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley, the Riley House Restaurant serves quality American food in a pleasant, down-home style. Try the Broasted Chicken, said to be the best in the Midwest.

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