Build Your Own Dog at King David Dogs – Hot dogs are the perfect “get it and go” food. You can eat it with one hand and load up on various condiments (ketchup and relish only for me, please). Their signature all-beef 1/4 pound hot dog comes in signature styles like the pretzel dogs, chili dogs or even mac and cheese on a dog. Or, build your own hot dog with a wide variety of toppings to choose from like white chicken chili, neon relish, coleslaw and baked beans.
Shapiro’s Corned Beef on Rye – Got a monstrous appetite? This is what you need. I usually order a full sandwich cut in half so I can take some home for later. Warm, savory and full of flavor, no corned beef sandwich can really compare. Shapiro’s has over 100 years of history in making this sandwich. Visit the downtown staple and grab some mac and cheese and green beans to go with it – though I’ll be surprised if you can eat the whole thing!
The Mousetrap’s Breaded Tenderloin – Normally I don’t say “let’s go to a bar for lunch!” (although some days I wish I could), but if you haven’t had the famous tenderloin sandwich from The Mousetrap, you’re really missing out. You can usually tell a good tenderloin by the ratio of meat to bread – and this one is huge! Stop by for lunch, dinner, or enjoy with a late night pint.
Boogie Burger’s Chipotle Black Bean Burger – I am a meat and potatoes girl, but my curious tastebuds ask me to venture out to the vegetarian world every so often, and when they do, I hit up Boogie Burger. I had no idea that a bean burger could be so… juicy. If you manage to eat the whole thing since it’s quite the filling meal, get the garlic fries. Don’t be tempted to share them with a friend – once you start eating them, you can’t stop.
Tavern on South’s Tenderloin Sliders – Can you really go wrong with ANYTHING on a pretzel roll? These delicious, hand-cut tenderloins have a panko crust and are topped with a grainy mustard aioli that compliments the pork perfectly, all for less than $10. Go for a weekend lunch or dinner when you can order a draft beer from their locally-focused taps.
Bourbon Street Distillery’s Blackened Catfish Po’ Boy – A friend asked me to take a chance on Bourbon Street Distillery for lunch one day, and I’ve been drooling to go back ever since. “Blackening” is a Cajun cooking technique where a piece of meat or fish is dredged in herbs and spices, often ones that pack a bit of heat. This fish has a thick crust of spicy seasonings and tastes even better topped with the house-made chipotle mayo.
Barking Dog Cafe’s Shrimp Roll – This list would not be complete without mentioning Barking Dog Cafe, as they were featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives” for their New England-style cuisine. The best thing about their roll is that they’ve mastered the appropriate amount of mayo. It’s not drippy or overwhelming, and you can taste the flavor of the fresh seafood, which is exactly what I look for in a good seafood roll.
Where’s your favorite place to go for something “between the buns?” Leave a comment on this post or tweet with the hashtag #diningindy!