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The 5 best traditional American spots in Indianapolis

Photo: The Eagle/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on January 22, 2020.

Craving traditional American food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top traditional American spots around Indianapolis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.

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1. Smee's Place Bar & Grill

photo: vinita s./yelp

First on the list is Smee's Place Bar & Grill. Located at 1454 W. 86th St. in St Vincent-Greenbriar, the wine bar and traditional American spot is the highest-rated traditional American restaurant in Indianapolis, boasting four stars out of 107 reviews on Yelp.

2. The Eagle

Photo: The eagle/Yelp

Next up is downtown's The Eagle, situated at 310 Massachusetts Ave. With 4.5 stars out of 1,830 reviews on Yelp, the traditional American and Southern spot has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Tick Tock Lounge

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Near Eastside's Tick Tock Lounge, located at 2602 E. 10th St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the lounge and traditional American joint, which offers beer, wine, spirits and more, 4.5 stars out of 124 reviews.

4. Big Lug Canteen

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Over in Nora-Far Northside, check out Big Lug Canteen, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 401 reviews on Yelp. You can find the brewery and traditional American eatery at 1435 E. 86th St.

5. Krueger's Tavern

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And then there's Krueger's Tavern, a downtown favorite with 4.5 stars out of 296 reviews. Stop by 323 N. Delaware St. to hit up the bar and traditional American spot, which offers burgers and more, next time you're in the mood.

Deciding when to check out the top spots above? Fridays tend to be the busiest days of the week for consumer spending at restaurants across the Indianapolis area, while Mondays are least busy, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a provider of small business software for online reviews management. Last year, average daily transactions at restaurants grew to 59 per business on Fridays, compared to 42 daily transactions on average on Mondays.


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