The neighborhood is full of quirky cafes, exciting restaurants, and pubs, giving residents of this affluent neighborhood an extensive list of choices on any given night. College Avenue serves as the central restaurant hub, although venues scatter across the area.
Moe & Johnny's has a menu sure to please. Check out their light, non-filling appetizers with distinctive and intense flavors. Everyone in your group can find something to suit their individual tastes, from naan flatbread sandwiches, specialty sandwiches, specialty pizzas, homemade soups, burgers, and chicken. Signature dishes include the Mean Mac and Cheese with cheddar, gorgonzola, chicken breast, and a "tasty dose" of hot chili sauce. This local favorite also features a well-stocked bar and a coffee shop.
Ask anyone in Indy where to get the best Cajun/Creole, and you'll get a unanimous vote for Yats. This local New Orleans-esque food joint began at their 54th and College location, right in Meridian Kessler. Although they now have a small chain of restaurants in the city and surrounding area, Indianapolis and Yats can't be separated. Beans, rice, and flavorful sauces make up just about everything on the menu, from gumbos to etouffees to jambalayas. Walk in and order what suits your fancy, and then dress it up with their impressive selection of hot sauces, chili pastes, and spices. Try the vegan white chili to send your taste buds into a frenzy.
If you crave something more inventive, Recess should rank high on your list. The "ultimate culinary playground," this chef-owned gem creates four-course, prix fixe dinners from scratch with local and regional in-season ingredients. The menu changes constantly, so you are always surprised but never disappointed. Fresh burgers, a la carte tacos, regionally caught fish, pates, and more find their ways onto the menu, giving you the chance to try chef creations at a local spot.
Although Meridian Kessler lies just south of Broad Ripple,
Indy's club neighborhood, the bars in this area give off a classy feel while still showing patrons a great time. Twenty Tap, for example, lets you choose from 38 different craft beers on tap. Upland Brewing Company on College Avenue serves as the spot in the neighborhood to enjoy a local pint and refill your growlers. The Jazz Kitchen lets diners enjoy live jazz while sampling an extensive menu of drinks and food.