Fishers, Indiana, the city that has historically been the safest city in America (among other awards), has only been a legitimate “second-class city” since 2015, has an absurdly high number of locations where you can buy pizza (seriously, it’s a problem), and we’ll be getting the first IKEA in Indiana this fall! We’re coming up in the world. Joey and I will be in Fishers for a long time, God-willing, and we’ve already seen it grow up so much in the last few years. From a foodie standpoint, Fishers used to be bare bones. Honestly, for the most part it feels like we struggle to find consistently good food in this city. We were elated to hear the of the coming of a “massive culinary development” to Fishers soon.
Three years ago when our church announced it was planting a new campus in Fishers we made a decision to start staying in Fishers more often for meals. Indianapolis and surrounding areas have some amazing food and have seen a radical change for the better in terms of its food scene. Those restaurants are good and great (and my favorites will be linked here soon), but there’s also something important about spending our money in our city, supporting local businesses so that they can thrive for years to come. See below for some of our favorite restaurants (mainly) and other establishments. I highly recommend you try something new whether you are new to the area or have lived here for 30 years. Restaurants I have listed below are non-chain restaurants or they’re a regional chain (which are the best types of chains, right?) Do you have a favorite place in Fishers? I’d love to hear it in the comments below!
Originally on Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. A English bar with a unique menu, kid-friendly, and my favorite menu item is the Montauks-perfect as an appetizer or stand alone dinner.
As I mentioned, Fishers has a pizza problem. Joey and I decided to be loyal to 2-3 pizza places. This is our very favorite in Fishers. It’s owned by a local family, is kid-friendly, they’ve hosted Harry Potter trivia (done deal), and their pizza is very good. We love the the Rockstone salad (pistachios and peppadew peppers), the breadsticks with chorizo cheese, and the classic trio pizza. So good.
I love this Indian restaurant and it almost always sounds good to me. We mostly get take out and can split one entree. We also have dined in and it has a very soothing atmosphere. Our favorites are the tikka masala or the shahi korma, both as mild as they can make them (still spicy), with either chicken or lamb, and 2 orders of garlic naan.
Great for a fancy date, or they have a fantastic, smaller bar menu as well!
I’m a sucker for the Red Curry.
Very fresh fish, my family loves the mistake roll.
These are two our other favorite pizzas in Fishers.
It says here that they’re located in Fortville, Indiana but they recently opened a family-friendly location on Olio Road: 10410 Olio Road (Meatloaf is my fav!)
Calzones or they’re famous for their linguine with white or red clam sauce!
Born out of a desire to bring fresh, local coffee to Fishers, the owners of Vardagen purchased an espresso machine and local beans and started selling espresso drinks out of their apparel shop. It was exactly what Fishers needed, no offense Starbucks. They’ve evolved and added more seating, and more varieties of drinks, including pour-over coffee and teas. Once you fill up your punch card you get a free drink and 50% off a t-shirt. It’s the best.
This is kind of cheating because it’s actually a chain out of Nashville, TN but it’s been another great coffee addition to Fishers and feels like a neighborhood hangout. I’ll let you read more about their mission but the coffee is fantastic and it’s a frequent place I visit with friends.
Best of Fishers
I cannot say enough good things about this place. I feel like I’m transported to a different place in the world. Just go here. Bring a book or a game to pass the time. And they have a habanero cider so there’s that.
Mathoo’s Eggrolls will change your life. You may occasionally see my Samoyed
We stayed here one night for our 4th wedding anniversary and it was so nice to get away but only be 15 minutes away 🙂
Pick a book you want to read of the lists and show up once or regularly! We even met at Chatham Tap (mentioned above) for the Books on Tap book club this year.
Both of these are dog training facilities that we’ve taken Stanley to and highly recommend them both!
Get your hair done and grab a coffee at the Well while you’re at it. Management Tip: Leave time for the Well to make your coffee so you’re not late for your appointment!
I am utterly obsessed. I dressed up in a hat and fine gloves along with about 15 of my friends and enjoyed tea here for my 30th birthday. Make a reservation and experience the simplicity of tea and scones.
All wine, and some wine gifts if that’s your thing. I just ask them for whatever wine is good for under $10 and they always have something good along with tasting notes to take home.
A Indianapolis classic bakery. Most frequently used by me to pick up ready-to-take cakes that you don’t need to order, just walk in and walk out.
Only mentioning this because my sister-in-law raves about their clothes and accessories for my sweet niece.
If I mentioned the above boutique then I have to mention this one-a boys only clothing store from newborn to elementary, it is so cute!
The word rad is not a part of my vocabulary but this store embodies that term. And Sure Shot Coffee (mentioned above) is in this shop.