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Fountain Square offers tastes of the world

I recently went to lunch with some co-workers who wanted to try out a new Thai restaurant in Fountain Square, a resurging neighborhood and city-identified cultural district located southeast of downtown Indianapolis. Now, I like to eat, but this was my first experience with Thai and I was a little apprehensive.

Not to worry, it was delish! I’m not sure what the soup was — lemongrass, maybe? — but it had a nice little kick without being overpowering. Then I tried the classic Pad Thai with chicken for the entree. The bean sprouts and chopped peanuts gave the perfect crunch. I washed it all down with green tea. I felt so cosmopolitan, this Midwestern girl diving into such international cuisine.

If you’re craving international fare in Central Indiana, Fountain Square is a good place to get it. You can choose from:

  • Thai at Siam Square
  • Mexican at El Arado, which my co-workers and I have dubbed “Muy Pronto” in honor of the 10+ months that a sign hung on the building saying that the restaurant would be opening muy pronto
  • Greek at Santorini’s — please don’t go home without trying the galaktabouriko for dessert!
  • Egyptian at Luxor
  • Italian at Gusto!
  • American Greasy Spoon at The Peppy Grill — open 24 hours and a regular choice for many of the Square’s precinct police officers
  • American contemporary at the Shelbi Street Cafe & Bistro — I’m not a salad girl typically, but I have a hard time choosing between the Gingham Salad and the Pecan-Crusted Goat Cheese Salad.

Check out the Fountain Square website for a complete listing of all the restaurants and other destinations that make Fountain Square worth a visit.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.