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If you have crusty French bread and a piece of Cajun-spiced fish, the only appropriate thing to do is make yourself a big fat po-boy. Or you could just have one made for you at B’s whenever you’re in the neighborhood. Think spicy fried oysters with shredded veggies and special sauce. Of course, you can't really go wrong with some BBQ pulled pork or that creole chicken salad, as well.
This little shop is great for a number of reasons, many of which have to do with the sandwiches and pre-made deli items. Another is that despite being a community co-op, they don't force you to be a member to shop there. It’s a place that offers a variety of options for all types of sandwich lovers: vegetarian, raw, vegan, gluten-free, and whole-food. And believe it or not, the vegan food is delicious enough to convert your average lunch-grabber -- even for an hour.
Just because they’re on bread with a hole in the middle doesn’t make the Ripple Deli’s sandwiches any less deserving of recognition. In fact, the huge menu of combinations might leave you a little overwhelmed with choices, all of which are steamed to hot, melty perfection upon ordering. You could get fruit jam on your pizza bagel, or ham on your apple cinnamon. Whatever you’re craving, the Ripple folks will make it up for you fresh.
There are a few things that are essential to the Indianapolis experience: basketball, racing, and Shapiro’s. It’s one of the most iconic institutions of no-frills dining, with cafeteria service on beige trays. The frills are all stuffed into the sandwiches: we’re talking fresh-baked bread, house-made pastrami, and all the pie you can fit in your piehole. If you want a delicious sandwich and don’t mind a dressed-down ambiance, Shapiro’s is the place to go.
Trying to tell someone which sandwich to get at Fat Dan’s is like trying to tell them which adorable puppy they should adopt from the shelter: it’s rude that you even have to choose. But if we must, we’d always pick either the smoked meatloaf or the Reuben as a safe bet. Wing lovers will also lose their minds for the fall-off-the-bone smoked chicken wings, which taste great alone or sauced.
A few hundred feet away from the iconic Pioneer Fountain, Wildwood Market is serving incredible sandwiches out of a rehabbed car garage (literally). Since the selection changes every day, make sure you get in ahead of the lunch rush to grab a sandwich before this place runs out (because you may not see that exact one on the menu again). Like Goose, you can also stock up on gourmet groceries at this cute shop, or get some slightly ugly fruit out of the free bin.
This is a relatively recent addition to the Downtown midday scene, with a menu made for the lunch crowd. Get a hot, crunchy panini to go with a cup of soup or a salad, and find absolute bliss for a moment. “Subito” means “suddenly” in Italian, if that gives you any idea of how fast you can get in and out with a pleased palate and a full stomach. Or you could always take home some of the fresh baked rolls to make your own sandwiches at home.
Right in the heart of Indy’s hottest dining neighborhood is a Mexican sandwich shop that never needed a comeback; this place has been around for years. All the sandwiches are named after celebrities, with tenuous-at-best connections to the sandwiches themselves. But it’s a charming touch (think: the Salma Hayek, with chicken, ham, and mozzarella, or the Shakira, with breaded steak, mozzarella, and Mexican sausage). Even if the sandwiches were served with only numbers for names, they’d still be just as delicious.
If there’s one sandwich shop you shouldn’t miss, it’s Goose the Market. The retail arm of Indiana’s best artisan meat producer, Smoking Goose Meatery, serves hands-down the best Italian-style sandwich in the city. If you’re a self-identified foodie, you should also peruse the meat case; it's packed with the same handmade charcuterie and meats that come on the killer sandwiches. And should you need a place to get a great breakfast and cup of coffee, Goose can hook you up on that end, as well.
It’s hard not to find something to love at ISFE. It’s the stalwart neighborhood shop to eat at whether you want to grab a sandwich and an iced tea or take home a huge pan of lasagna to bake for dinner. It’s like the '90s never ended here, meaning you can still get sprouts on your sandwich if that’s how you roll, or a simple, and delicious, grilled cheese.
1. B's Po Boy1261 Shelby St, Indianapolis
2. Pogue's Run Grocer2828 E 10th St, Indianapolis
3. Ripple Bagel & Deli850 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis
4. Shapiro's Delicatessen808 S Meridian St, Indianapolis
5. Fat Dan's Deli5410 N College Ave, Indianapolis
6. Wildwood Market1015 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis
7. Subito44 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis
8. Tortas Guicho Dominguez y El Cubanito641 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis
9. Goose The Market2503 N Delaware St, Indianapolis
10. Illinois Street Food Emporium5550 N Illinois St, Indianapolis
B's Po Boy's, located in Fountain Square, serves authentic delicious traditional New Orleans style submarine sandwiches. This counter service shop serves Po Boys with crusty French bread filled with all your favorite Cajun-spiced meats to fill it up with, like spicy fried oysters with shredded vegetables and special sauce. Along with the best Cajun and Creole bites, B's has a large outdoor dining area which features two bocce ball courts and sets of giant Jenga.
Pogue's Run Grocer is a full-service shop with an organic grocery store stocked with affordable, fresh, healthy foods and locally-produced goods, pre-made deli items, soups, a fresh salad bar, and dips. The Co-op store also offers a variety of made-to-order sandwiches with options for everyone: vegetarian, raw, vegan, gluten-free, and whole-food.
Ripple's Bagel and Deli is a casual dining spot offering endless topping options and varieties of bagels like apple, banana nut, jalapeño, and garlic. The huge menu of combinations might leave you a little overwhelmed with choices, all of which are steamed to hot, melty perfection upon ordering. Whether you're craving a pizza bagel with fruit jam, or an apple cinnamon bagel topped with ham, you're in good hands.
Shapiro’s Delicatessen is one of the most iconic institutions in downtown Indianapolis with a no-frills dining experience with a cafeteria service on beige trays. Shapiro's is known for giant its sandwiches served on freshly baked bread, with options to fill it up with house-made pastrami, corned beef, tuna, turkey, brisket and more, accompanied by a kosher garlic dill pickle spear.
The home of Chicago beef in Indianapolis is Fat Dan's Deli, a casual modestly named haven of smoked meats, from wings to brisket. Some of its best items include a smoked meatloaf sandwich and the fall-off-the-bone smoked chicken wings, but this deli also has an impressive beer list that pairs perfectly with a BBQ sandwich.
A few hundred feet away from the iconic Pioneer Fountain, Wildwood is a specialty market offering fresh produce and groceries and serving incredible, but limited in amount, sandwiches out of an old car garage. Since the selection changes every day, make sure you get in ahead of the lunch rush to grab a sandwich before supplies run out.
Subito, located downtown, brings in a big midday scene, with a menu made for the lunch crowd. Get a hot, crunchy panini to go with a cup of soup or a salad, and find absolute bliss for a moment. “Subito” meaning “suddenly” in Italian, the concept which inspired this spot, serves food quickly and efficiently without sacrificing taste or quality.
Right in the heart of Indianapolis's hottest dining neighborhood is Tortas Guicho Dominguez y el Cubanito, a compact Mexican sandwich shop that's been around for years. All the sandwiches are named after Latin American celebrities, such as the Salma Hayek, with chicken, ham, and mozzarella, or the Shakira, with breaded steak, mozzarella, and Mexican sausage.
Goose the Market is the retail arm of Indiana’s best artisan meat producer, Smoking Goose Meatery, serving hands-down the best Italian-style sandwiches in the city. If you’re a self-identified foodie, you should also peruse the meat case; it's packed with the same handmade charcuterie and meats that come on the killer sandwiches. This full-service shop also has fresh produce, artisan bread, soups, gelato, preservatives, and craft beers and wines.
Illinois Street Food Emporium is the stalwart neighborhood shop to eat at whether you want to grab a sandwich and an iced tea or take home a huge pan of lasagna to bake for dinner. They offer a large selection of fresh and frozen ready-to-take-home for dinner options, baked goods, homemade soups, salads and specialty sandwiches. The funky dining room is decorated with art by local artists, and they also have an outdoor patio to enjoy during the warm weather.