Indiana

Cheap Lodging
Indy Hostel-4903 Winthrop Avenue. Indianapolis, Indiana 46205, Really nice hostel!

Monticello, IN-

Indiana Beach Amusement Park-: (574) 583-4141 -Very cool amusement park making ingenious use of space with coaster going out over water to save room. Indiana Tips 

 

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Southeastern Indiana bills itself as the Fried Chicken Capital of the World.  Follow the Chicken Trail and find out for yourself.

Another Regional Specialty is the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich.  Follow the Tenderloin trail to taste them. Some Favorites tenderloin places are Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington, IN which started as a sandwich cart in 1908,  Lemon Drop Diner in Anderson, IN since 1954 and Nickel Plate Bar and Grill in Fishers, IN which started as a saloon in the 1800s.  The Tenderloin Connoisseur tells about them all.

 

The Indiana State Fair is in August.

Bloomington, Indiana
Former home of Bobby Knight and home to Indiana University.
Local Radio of not-WFHB-91.3/98.1 FM-community run
WIUS-1570 AM-Indiana U’s stationLocal alt paper the

Bloomington Independent.  They have a very good music listing, but its bad with the addresses.  Following are a couple of reliable venues.  There are hundreds of local bands in this relatively small town.

Live Music-

The Bishop: 123 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47404 (812) 333-4700
The Bluebird-216 North Walnut Street-812-336-3984.
Soma Cafe-332 E. Kirkwood Ave-Next to TDs Cds, Coffee shop with occassional bands and performances.
Uncle Festers house of booze-430 E Kirkwood Ave-Bloomington, IN 47408 (812) 323-1023Records-
TD’s CDs and LPs, 322 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN
All Ears-401 E 10th St.-812-336-6465

The Velvet Onion-201 E 2nd St, Bloomington, Indiana The Velvet Onion is a creative space used to host house shows, poetry readings and dance parties in order to raise funds for radical, autonomous projects. (574) 536-1187

Eats-
Rockits Famous Pizza 222 N Walnut St.(812) 336-7625-music memoriabilia pizza joint.
Laughing Planet Cafe 322 E Kirkwood Ave  (812) 323-2233-good burritos

Uptown Cafe – Cajun-Creole food 102 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone:(812) 339-0900  Cajun Meatloaf sandwich , shrimp and grits

Other stuff-

The Backdoor-207 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-Gay bar with burlesque and drag shows and occasional live music.
Caveat Emptor 112 N Walnut St  (812) 332-9995 used books

 

Anderson, IN
Eats 
Bonge’s Tavern-9830 Water Street  Anderson, IN 46011 (765) 734-1625-Gourmet small town restaurant with variations of regional specialtiesm including a parmesan crusted version of the pork loin.  People have been known to tailgate before being called for dinner.  

Brookville, IN

 

Event

Canoefest-Indianas Largest Canoe Race-and a chicken fry off

Follow the Chicken Trail to be a Judge in the Chicken cook off and to eat tasty chicken

Columbus, IN
Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor-329 Washington ST, Columbus, IN 47201-100 year old ice cream parlor.  Incredible Specimen.

French Lick, IN

Check out the amazing West Baden Springs Hotel.

     

Indianapolis, IN
Thanks to my friend Jon for helping me update this info.The Local alternative weekly for Indianapolis is the 
NUVO.

 

Music Stores-

Karma Records, 8811 Hardegan Street, County Line Mall

LUNA music 433 Mass Ave Indpls, In 317 917 5862Bars-Alley Cat Lounge, 6267 Carrollton Ave (rear),

Indianapolis, 317.257.4063, In alley just east of Carrollton Avenue and south of Broad Ripple Avenue.  Swing by here after seeing a show at The Patio.  Open til 3 am on weekends.Other Stuff-

Tip Top Atomic vintage

Live Music-
Birdy`s-2131 E. 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN 254-8971 Corner of 71st & Keystone Ave
Melody Inn-3826 N. Illinois-317-923-4707
The Patio-6308 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 317.253.0799 , 62nd St. & Guilford Ave. in Broad Ripple, which is the “cool” area.
The Vogue-6259 N. College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 317.259.7029
The Dojo-4675 East Tenth Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 DIY performance space.

White Rabbit Cabaret -Touring bands, comedy acts & an in-house burlesque troupe play here 1116 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203, most nights til 1AM  (317) 686-9550

Bar-The Slippery Noodle-372 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225 (317) 631-6974-Indianas oldest bar.  Live blues

Eats-

Working Man’s Friend – diner featuring AMAZING MUST EAT burgers- 234 N Belmont Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46222 SUper bizarre early hours, closes by 5 most days, closed sunday, some days closes earlier.

Johns Famous Stew Indianapolis- 100 years, 1146 Kentucky Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46221 (317) 636-6212

Shapiros Deli-Jewish deli. 808 S. Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 317-631-4041. Amazing Corned beef.  Been here for A hundred years!
King Ribs for BBQ- 4130 N. Keystone Indianapolis, IN  317.543.0841
Mug ‘n Bun Drive-In, 5211 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, 317-244-5669-old timey burger joint with Car hops.Serving fine food to Indy’s west side for over 50 years.5211 West 10th Street Speedway, IN 46224 (317) 244-5669 great old sign on this pork tenderloin and Onion Ring Joint.

The Rathskeller-Voted Best German Restaurant in Indy every year-401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 636-0396
St Elmos Steak House-127 South Illinois Street,Indianapolis, IN 46225 (317) 635-0636-aint cheap, but it includes all the sides, and only one app, a super hot shrimp coctail.  Also unusual, the choices of either navy bean soup or tomato juice.  They also just opened up the 1933 prohibition lounge.

King David hot dogs-Downtown Indianapolis, 135 North Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204 Only open til 4 pm or earlier
Phone: (317) 632-DOGS BBQ Dog, Corn Dog, Chicago Dogs and more.

Destinations-

The Indianapolis Speedrome is one of those crazy figure 8 tracks.

Just north of Indy is Fairmont, IN where you can visit James Deans Grave.

Commiskey, IN 

Stream Cliff Farms-8225 S County Road 90 West  Commiskey, IN 47227
(812) 346-5859-herb farm with fine dining tearoom with their famous hummingbird cake.  Nearby winery too.
Lawrenceburg, IN(not far from Cincy)
Eats
Captain Mike’s RiverWatch-1 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
(812) 539-DOCK (3625)-floating restaurant
Whisky’s-334 Front Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025-riverfront restaurant famous for their ribs.

 

Mooresville, IN 

Eats
Gray Brothers-555 South Indiana Street  Mooresville, IN 46158-comfort food cafeteria style, since 1944,  meatloaf specialty in a ketchup bath.  On Rt 37 south of Indianapolis.

 

 

 

 

 Logansport, IN

1912 Denzel Carousel-Stop by to see a great example of preservation of this classic carousel.  They also have a little train.  Train and Carousel rides are 50 cents each.  The carousel has a ring machine, which is very rare these days.  If you get the brass ring you get a free ride!!  This is located in a municipal park.      

 

      

Spencer County Area-
This is the area where Holiday World Amusement park is located, a must see.
There is a decent website that lists area attractions.  These include Dr. Ted Musical Marvels which is a collection of Street Organs and other music boxes. Also included are sights such as the Boner Bridge.Other Indiana Cities
Cannelton, INWalls Drive In, Highway 66-They make a cheeseburger here with canadian bacon on top.

Evansville, IN

My name is Evan, so naturally I have stopped into Evansville twice so far.  I always want to get Evansville Souvenirs but the only place you can get them is at the airport.  Fortunately, you can drive in and out of the airport in ten minutes.

Eats

The Gerst Haus, 2100 W Franklin Street, Evansville, IN 47712 (812) 424-1420 German Restaurant where you can get the GERST SAMPLER, ham rolls, kraut balls, potato pancake and fried oysters and the forerunner of the tenderloin.  A sister restaurant is in Nashville. 

Fort Wayne, IN
Must eat-
Powers Hamburgers-1402 S Harrison Street, Fort Wayne IN 46802; (at West Brackenridge Street; 260-422-6620- Mini Sliders similar to Hackensack NJs White Mana
Coney Island Wiener Stand-100 year old joint with Grilled dogs on steamed buns with chili and onions -131 West Main Street, Fort Wayne IN 46802  Holly was here!
Clubs-
The Brass Rail -great dive bar to see bands 1121 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
most nights til  3AM  (260) 267-5303

CS3 aka Calhoun Street Soup, Salad and Spirits at 1915 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN-back room also refered to as the tiger room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary, IN

In Valparaiso, near Gary is the 49’er Drive-In Theatre , N. Calumet Ave. (old S.R. 49)  Valparaiso, IN  46383.  This area was home to Orville Reddenbacher.

 

Jasper, IN

Every August, this town hosts a German Festival, Strassenfest.

Jeffersonville, IN

Eats
Vintage Candy Store-Schimpffs Confectionery, 347 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, IN, 47130  (812) 283-8367

Upland, IN

Ice Cream
Ivanhoes Ice Cream, 979 S. Main St. Upland, IN 46989  765.998.7261-1960s ice cream parlor.  Also sandwiches like regional specialty Pork Tenderloin.

Warsaw, IN

Eats
Noa Noa Wood Grill & Sushi Bar -Seafood & sushi restaurant with a tiki theme, with fish market and bar- 310 Eastlake Dr, Warsaw, IN 46580 (574) 372-3224

West Layfayette, IN
Triple X Family Restaurant-S.R. 26 W & Salisbury, West Lafayette, IN. 765-743-5373
Open 24 Hours / 6 Days-a-Week Sun Until 10pm.  Former Chain that is one of the last places to get XXX root beer served in a frosty glass-  Tenderloins and a lot more like peanut butter burgers.  They also have a diner on Route 66.
Winchester, IN
Wick’s Pies Inc.- 217 Greenville Avenue, Winchester, Indiana 47394
800-642-5880-Home of regional Specialty the Sugar Cream Pie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Point Main Toll Plaza
Indiana Toll Road Near Ohio State Line
Connecting with Ohio Turnpike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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