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Five Great Sandwiches for Indianapolis Visitors

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

I’ve never seen an official count, but I’ve been told that there are over 1,000 restaurants in Indianapolis, Indiana. Obviously I haven’t hit ‘em all, but I’ve visited perhaps 10-15% over the past five years. Here are five of the best sandwiches I’ve photographed. If you are coming into Indianapolis in the next day or two for the basketball championship weekend, I’m certain that any of these sandwiches will satisfy your palate.

#5 – Boogie Burger, 1904 Broad Ripple Avenue

Wild Wild West Burger at Boogie Burger.

Wild Wild West Burger at Boogie Burger.

The Wild Wild West Burger at Boogie Burger, with cheddar cheese, hickory smoked bacon, onion rings, BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. AroundIndy.com staff photo, © 2010, all rights reserved.

#4 – Front Page Sports Bar and Grill, 310 Massachusetts Avenue

Veteran Burger at Front Page Sports Bar and Grill.

Veteran Burger at Front Page Sports Bar and Grill.

The Veteran Burger at Front Page Sports Bar and Grill.  Photo credit: Ben Risinger. © 2011, AroundIndy.com, LLC, all rights reserved.

#3 – Tie Dye Grill, 1311 North Shadeland Avenue

Pork Tenderloin at Tie Dye Grill.

Pork Tenderloin at Tie Dye Grill.

I don’t know if there is officially a state sandwich, but if not, it ought to be the classic Hoosier pork tenderloin. This is the breaded tenderloin at Tie Dye Grill, one of Indiana’s best. AroundIndy.com staff photo, © 2012, all rights reserved.

#2 – Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli, 5410 North College Avenue

Bacon Cheeseburger at Fat Dan's Chicago-style Deli.

Bacon Cheeseburger at Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli.

Dick Davis, local http://burgerquest.biz blogger, recently proclaimed Fat Dan’s as the best burger in Indianapolis. He’ll get no argument from me. This is a perfect bacon cheeseburger made by Fat Dan’s during the Bull Burger Battle. AroundIndy.com staff photo, © 2013, all rights reserved.

#1 – Rock Cola Café, 5730 Brookville Road

Mile High Club sandwich at Rock Cola Cafe.

Mile High Club sandwich at Rock Cola Cafe.

I’ve gotta give the #1 award to Rock Cola Café, because this sandwich, the Mile High Club, finished 2nd in the entire state of Indiana, in the Indiana Department of Tourism’s competition for “Best Indiana Sandwich” during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. It’s so big that it has to be held together with a knife (visible above), and it is one terrific sandwich. AroundIndy.com staff photo, © 2012, all rights reserved.

Honorable Mentions

Shapiro’s Delicatessen, 808 South Meridian Street
A classic Jewish deli over 100 years old. You can’t go wrong with any of their sandwiches.

Gas Light Inn, 2280 South Meridian Street
Their reubens and pork tenderloins are something special.

Mann’s Grille, 1214 South Tibbs Avenue
Mouth-watering sandwiches at reasonable prices at this hole-in-the-wall restaurant.

Papa Roux, 8950 East 10th Street
A transplanted New Orleans restaurateur runs this Cajun restaurant with a variety of Po-Boys to die for.

Of course, there are many, MANY more excellent restaurants in downtown Indianapolis and across the city where you can get a great sandwich! These are just a few of my best foodie photos. I’ve got lots more restaurants, food trucks, and food photos posted on our main Web site at http://aroundindy.com/restaurants.php. Enjoy your visit to our city! #IndyWelcomesAll

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: Tie Dye Grill provided me with a free lunch during a 2012 visit to their restaurant.

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