Hungry, Hungry Hoosiers · Coney Dog · Cookies and Gravy · Triple Root Beer XXX · Shrimp Cocktail · Smoked Goose Charcuterie · Breaded Pork Loin Sandwich. Indiana's breaded pork loin sandwich, and Indy's famous shrimp cocktail, may attract all the attention, but a visit to Hoosier State offers many more classic dishes to sample, from lake perch in the north to persimmon pudding in the south. The pork loin sandwich is an Indy tradition that you should try at least once. The standard Indy pork sandwich includes a large breaded pork chop served on a small hamburger bun.
Traditional ingredients include mustard, pickles, lettuce, and mayonnaise. Pork tenderloin sandwich is a menu staple at more than half of Indiana restaurants. And locals will tell you that the best place to eat a pork sandwich is at Edwards Drive-In or The Aristocrat. The shrimp cocktail is a simple dish of cooked and cold shrimp and a tomato-based horseradish sauce.
Elmo Steak House on South Illinois Street has been serving the people of Indy for nearly 120 years. For all those 120 years, the world-famous shrimp cocktail appetizer has been on the menu. The signature dish includes four giant shrimp served with a San Telmo shrimp cocktail at Harry and Izzy's on South Illinois Street, East 82nd Street and the Indianapolis Airport. It's hard to beat a fresh, juicy burger that comes off the grill.
Indy's best burgers include locally raised beef, toasted buns, and toppings such as Dijon mustard, ketchup and onions. Order the best steak burgers in town at Workingman's Friend on North Belmont Avenue. The delicious interplay of sweet and savory flavors is what makes fried chicken and waffles an iconic dish. The combination of fresh, crispy waffles, traditional fried chicken and sweet maple syrup is a treat at any time of the day.
Maxine's Chicken and Waffles on East Street combines fluffy Belgian waffles, tender fried chicken and Maxine's signature peach butter into one unforgettable dish. You can also enjoy one of Maxine's chicken and waffle sandwiches. Sugar cream cake is Indiana's unofficial state cake. The heavy cream cake contains butter, cream and sugar and a light layer of fresh nutmeg.
Pots and Pans Pie Company on North College Avenue is known for its bruléed sugar cream cake with a crunchy, caramelized top. Provision on East 86th Street offers a delicious Indiana sugar cream cake garnished with a candied orange slice and Turkish coffee ice cream. The caramel cake has a traditional puff pastry and a cream filling made of caramelized sugar, eggs, milk and butter. This signature Midwest cake is often served alone or with a spoonful of whipped cream or meringue.
Although it's available throughout Indy, you'll find the best piece of candy cake just outside the city limits in Mooresville at the Gray Brothers coffee shop. Family-owned since 1944, Gray Brothers is known for its homemade dishes and fantastic homemade cakes. If you visit it on a Wednesday, you can enjoy a piece of its delicious caramel cake for free when you buy a meal.