SPJ 2020 Journalism Conference • Sept. 12-13, 2020



Indianapolis a la carte: Deals on meals

By Billy O'Keefe

By Amanda Dolasinski / Photos by Nikki Villoria
For journalists on tight budgets who can’t afford the $45 SPJ luncheon or $65 banquet, don’t fret. Check out some of the local restaurants offering big meals for small spenders.

The Slippery Noodle Inn is Indiana's oldest bar.

The Slippery Noodle Inn is Indiana's oldest bar.

Slippery Noodle Inn
372 S. Meridian St.
• Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday
• About .5 mile from the Westin
• Dishes: From salads to the Indiana staple: breaded pork tenderloin
• Price: Lunches about $10, dinners around $15
• Recommendation: Diner Julia Chrisman of Indianapolis suggests the Reuben sandwich. “It’s a fun place to go for younger people,” she said.
• Extras: Live music nightly. Manager Rick Schmidt said the basement used to be a stop on the Underground Railroad and the upstairs a brothel. For a tour, call (317) 631-6974 and ask for Hal.
 

 

Ike and Jonesy’s (right)
17 W. Jackson Place
(317) 632-4553
• Hours: 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday
• About .5 mile from the Westin
• Dishes: Burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps and two daily lunch specials
• Price: about $10
• Recommendation: Manager Doc Wessner said the menu is expanded in the summer and just started to offer wraps. “We’re known for our ½ pound burgers,” he said.
• Extras: DJ and dancing every night starting at 9 p.m.
Red Eye Café
250 S. Meridian St.
(317) 972-1500
• Hours: 24 hours
• About .4 mile from the Westin
• Dishes: all-day breakfast, finger foods and the country fried steak sandwich.
• Price: $4.95 to $10
• Recommendation: Manager Katrina Cross said the biscuits and gravy is the most popular dish, even at night.
• Extras: featured on The Late Show with David Letterman.


Locals recommend:

Bonnie and Darrel Wilson take some time to enjoy The Red Eye Cafe in downtown Indianapolis.

Bonnie and Darrel Wilson take some time to enjoy The Red Eye Cafe in downtown Indianapolis.

Acapulco Joe’s
365 N. Illinois St.
(317) 637-5160
About .6 mile from the Westin
Mexican dishes
Country Kitchen
1831 N. College Ave.
(317) 926-4476
About 2.7 miles from the Westin
Soul food
Dick’s Bodacious Bar BQ
50 N. Pennsylvania St.
(317) 916-9600
About .5 mile from the Westin
Smoked chicken, ribs
Indianapolis City Market
222 E. Market St.
(317) 634-9266
About .6 mile from the Westin
Collection of several restaurants, including Middle Eastern and Italian food
Front Page Tavern
310 Massachusetts Ave.
(317) 631-6682
About .9 mile from the Westin
Bar eats and drinks
Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles
132 N. East St.
(317) 423-3300
About 1 mile from the Westin
Wings, fish, omelets
Scotty’s Brewhouse
3905 E. 96th St.
(317) 574-0101
About 22 miles from the Westin
Burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, bar
Steak ’n Shake
101 W. Maryland St.
(317) 634-8703
About .1 mile from the Westin
Hamburgers, hot dogs, shakes




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