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Paula & Melissa Smith

My Beloved Broad Ripple Eateries

If you are friends with me, you most likely know I love eating and perhaps having a few drinks, at a local establishment with family, friends, and pups. Honestly, where I grew up we did not have a ton of local establishments/small businesses at the time, but as I became an adult and moved closer to the “city” I realized that I want to support local eateries when dining out as much as I can. That being said, I naturally wanted to share with all of you some of my go-to restaurants around the Broad Ripple area.

1. Twenty Tap: Craft beer, locally sourced, eclectic pub grub, 20 Tap is everything I love & beyond. When I was in college but didn’t yet live in Broad Ripple, I would immediately request to go here each time a group of friends and I went out to dinner. Twenty Tap has something for everyone between the salads, burgers, sandwiches, and vegan/vegetarian options. The atmosphere is casual, the cheese curds are literally divine, and you have to try “The Wrath”- you can thank me later.

Diavola Bianca Pizza

2. Diavola: Diavola is elevated Neapolitan style pizza and pasta with the food being both locally sourced as well as imported. The pizzas are fired in a brick oven that is located right as you walk in the door. I suggest trying the Bianca pizza and dipping it into a side of pesto.

3. Fat Dan’s Deli: About 2 years ago, my boyfriend started to say, “…anything but Fat Dan’s/Twenty Tap” because anytime we wanted to go somewhere delicious and casual, these were my suggestions. Fat Dan’s is a Chicago-style deli & pub and a great place to go if you have had a few too many libations the night before, for a Cubs game, or just really want to get a deliciously greasy meal. The “IPA Beer Cheese Fries”, “House Smoked Reuben”, and “The Fatty Melt” are some of my go-to’s!

4, Mama Corolla’s: As my co-agent/team lead, Paula Smith, put it, “Best Italian in Indianapolis!” This little house off of 54th street serves big flavor with an even bigger heart. Head here for a romantic getaway of classic and delicious Italian fare. Walking in you will feel the comfortable and dreamy atmosphere of this truly, family-run neighborhood restaurant. When I go to Mama’s, I typically enjoy the “special” or “Alfredo with Chicken”.

5. Half Liter: To be honest, I am not a fan of barbeque, but this Sahm’s restaurant is still one of my absolute favorites in the neighborhood. Take a walk on the Monon Trail and head just south of 54th street and you will run into an inviting outdoor space that is hard to pass up. Dogs, beers, Kombucha, slushies, draft cocktails, BBQ, cheeseburgers, and always a delicious special menu item, this neighborhood restaurant is perfect for a casual outdoor get together!

The Wrath at 20 Tap

6. The Garden Table: The Garden Table is the spot in Downtown Broad Ripple (& Mass Ave) for a fabulous brunch with fresh juices and local eats. Specializing in locally sourced food, cold-pressed juices, and seasonal fare, The Garden Table turns simple dishes into exceptional dishes all while keeping the ingredients natural and sourced from local farmers. Even if you aren’t hungry, I highly suggest stopping in for a cold-pressed juice like “Cashew Concoction”.


WOW. Narrowing that down was a challenge and I am now craving cheese curds with a side of horseradish aioli. There are many more spots around the Broad Ripple/SoBro neighborhood that I truly adore eating. What are your favorites?! Comment or message me!

I hope you get to try something new sometime soon!


Melissa Smith


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