From Whoopie Pies to Thai Spice: New Restaurants in Indy

If you thought 2013 was a great year for restaurants in Indianapolis, just wait. New to Indy chefs and current resident chefs are busting out of their current restaurants to bring new culinary adventures in your neighborhood.

Juicy Burger from 317 Burger -- New Restaurants in Indianapolis

Juicy Burger from 317 Burger (Photo via 317 Burger’s Facebook Page)

Milktooth (Fletcher Place) – Milktooth is a play on how baby teeth and our associations with food early on in life create memories, ones that can be stimulated by foods we eat today. Opening this spring, Milktooth will be a like a diner with updated menu options. They are currently renovating and old car garage to give it an open kitchen with counter seating, but leaving the large garage doors. Outdoor patio seating will also be available. Milktooth is currently scheduled to open in April.

Ember Urban Eatery (Holy Rosary) – This burger, salad and sandwich place offers classic American eats with a twist. The brisket sandwich has been highly rated among those who have visited this new restaurant since their opening just after Thanksgiving.

The Thunderbird (Fountain Square) – In the 50s and 60s it was called the Thunderbird Bar and catered to rockabilly artists who passed through town on their way from Chicago to Louisville and Cincinnati. The Thunderbird will play off of its history and pair it with a southern-inspired menu. A casual atmosphere without suit-and-tie bartenders, The Thunderbird is sure to draw an eclectic following.

317 Burger (Broad Ripple) – 317 Burger has jazzed up the classic interior that it’s predecessor, Ambrosia, left behind. Anything can be a burger here, including tuna and chicken, along with several make your own options to keep you coming back for another combination. The outdoor patio is sure to be a hot spot this coming spring.

Pizzology (Mass Ave) – Pizza enthusiasts will drive to 146th to get a slice of their pie, but thankfully Pizzology has set up a new location on Mass Ave. They will fit in well with their wide array of local and regional craft brews and seasonally charged menu. Who knew brussell sprouts were fantastic on pizza?

Eat+Drink (SoBro) – Owners of Taste Cafe and Marketplace expanded into the cocktail and small plates scene with Eat+Drink, their new restaurant you can find right next door. Sure to be popular for happy hour and after dinner drinks, Eat+Drink has a modern but cozy atmosphere that you can’t help but relax in (especially if you snag the couch downstairs). If you love Taste’s truffle fries you’ll be happy to know you can enjoy them here with one of the many classic cocktails such as a Moscow Mule or the Fitzgerald.

Whoopie – Whoopie is a bakery solely dedicated to the art of whoopie pies. You know, those fluffy round cakes sandwiched together with a creamy center? At Whoopie, those cakes come in flavors such as blueberries and cream and chocolate mint. While there is no store front at this time, custom orders are available.

Bangkok Restaurant and Jazz Bar (Downtown) – From the same owners of Thai Kitchen comes Bangkok Restaurant and Jazz Bar, a thai buffet with a mix of vegetarian and meat items. Elegant atmosphere is echoed in the quality of food, service, and beer and wine menu. Go for the appetizer happy hour or find all of your traditional pad thai, curry, and drunken noodle classics during the lunch or dinner buffet.

Barbecue and Bourbon (Speedway) – This restaurant owns up to their name. Over two dozen bourbon and whiskeys are on the drink list along with classic cocktails. The straightforward menu of “choose your meat and sides” is expanded with a few salads, sandwiches and appetizers for those who want a little more with their ribs. Get there before May when it gets discovered by everyone attending the Indy 500.

Have you visited any of these restaurants? Which one will you dine at first? Leave your answer in the comments!

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  • Queen of Free

    WHOOPIE?! WHAT?! You’re not helping my “no restaurants” in January pledge . ;) Also, The Princess Eldest is a burger fiend. I need to take her on an Indy Burger crawl (maybe spread over a couple of days though).

  • LeeAnn Barnard

    Pizzology! Never met a pizza I didn’t like. :)

  • Emily Trimble

    Awesome list! Can’t wait to get to these. I’ve actually been to both 317 Burger and Barbeque and Bourbon. Both pretty good — less impressed with B&B. The BBQ and sauces were good, but the sides… eh. Very small, but cool looking inside!

  • Inwaterfowlin

    Barbecue is bourbon is a small place with a great atmosphere and amazing food. Their BBQ is the best I have had in the Midwest! Reminds me of my family cookouts as a kid. I recommend everyone gives them a try if you like great BBQ for a fair price.

  • Colleen M. Corlis Watson

    Love love love Barbecue and Bourbon! Great rib tips and brisket. Get an appetizer sampler to try three different items and enough for two to share. Also try their daily dessert! You won’t leave disappointed……full but NOT disappointed!!