54th and College is the best corner in Indianapolis, in my opinion. Here is why:
It’s neighborhood-based. People actually live, eat, work and play on this corner and its surrounding blocks.
Moe and Johnny’s: The food just continues to get better over time here, and they have just about everything you could want. A large outdoor patio, a bar with plenty of televisions, a comfortable dining area and a cozy coffeehouse, all in the same building. Almost everything here is good, especially the burgers and tenderloin sandwiches. The staff are great and if you’re a regular, they don’t pretend they’ve never seen you before.
Yats: The best location of the best restaurant in the city. Yes, that includes fancy steakhouses.
Fat Dan’s Deli: One of my favorite hangout spots. It’s tough to find lighter fare, but the food is spectacular and the atmosphere is very leisurely. Don’t come if you’re in a hurry but if you want to hang out, this is a great place. Chicago dogs, brisket, and dirty tots!
These locations are all jammed into the corner of 54th and College. You can sit outside at most of these locations and people-watch, drink a beverage of your choice, and have a wonderful meal while enjoying the beautiful shade of trees in a mature neighborhood. If you’re coming over from the Monon, it’s about as short as a walk can be from there.
This is my favorite place in the city. If you haven’t been to this corner yet, you’re missing out!