Indianapolis' Best Eats: Pumper & Cleaner Expo

When you get a hunger on at the Pumper & Cleaner Expo, head out to these popular Indy eateries for a bite.

The Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International gives attendees the chance to check out the latest offerings from equipment manufacturers. It also provides the opportunity to check out the latest food offerings from Indianapolis restaurateurs. When your head is swimming with new information and your stomach is growling with hunger, you’ve got countless options for dining in the Circle City. Here is a description of a few interesting Indy eateries to get you started.

Note, price ranges are a per person estimate not including tax, tip or beverage. 


334 Massachusetts Ave.
Phone: 317/636-7662 •

Voted Indy’s best pizza every year since 1986, you can buy it by the slice or get a whole pie. Choose white or wheat crust; thin or thick. If you can make it past the menu’s 13 meat pizzas and 11 vegetarian options, Bazbeaux also has sandwiches, salads, an array of appetizers and several Italian dessert choices.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Price range: Slices range from $2.50-$3.25; whole pies from $7.25 for a 10-inch; $22.95 for a 16-inch large specialty pizza. Sandwiches range from $6.95 to $8.95.

Menu sampling: Bazbeaux special pizza with fresh basil, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes; Colossus pizza with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, mushroom, red onion, green pepper, black olives; Stromboli stuffed with Italian sausage, green pepper, mushroom and onion, baked with tomato sauce and cheeses; sorbet and gelato desserts.


50 N. Pennsylvania St.
Phone: 317/916-9600 •

This place looks and feels like Texas but when you walk out the door you’ll still be in Indiana! From barbeque chicken on the bone to pulled pork and beef brisket … you name it, they smoke it and you can get it in a sandwich, as a plate or on a salad. Just don’t get it on your shirt if you’re going back to the Expo.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

Price range: $5-$18

Menu sampling: Loaded smoked baked potato, chili cheese nachos, smoked salmon salad, barbeque chicken wings, pulled pork sandwich, ribs, sugar cream pie. 


372 S. Meridian St.
Phone: 317/631-6974 •

Established in 1850, the Slippery Noodle is the oldest bar in Indiana, and has been called one of the nation’s top blues bars by Rolling Stone magazine. The Noodle serves up a full menu as well as live blues seven days a week.

Hours: Full menu available till 11 p.m. nightly; late night menu offered. Open every day at 11 a.m.

Price range: $8-$20

Menu sampling: Shooter of shrimp, BBQ chicken quesadillas, whiskey pepper cheeseburger, filet mignon, Southern style pork barbeque, chicken and broccoli Alfredo, toasted turkey sub.


153 South Illinois St.
Phone: 317/635-9594 •

Created by the owners and operators of the legendary St. Elmo Steak House, Harry & Izzy’s provides a more casual, updated environment, but features some of the same items St. Elmo is famous for, like the “World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail.” Harry & Izzy’s has something for every budget from four different $5 sliders to a $50 steak.

Hours: Lunch:Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Price range: $5-$45

Menu sampling: Prime rib sandwich, brick oven baked pizzas, 14-ounce New York strip steak, smoked pork chops, roasted half chicken, shrimp po boy sliders, blackened catfish, bread pudding.


808 S. Meridian St.
Phone: 317/631-4041 •

Named one of the Top 10 delis in the country by USA Today, Shapiro’s is a must for corned beef fans! Quick cafeteria-style service means more time to savor your sandwich, contemplate dessert from their full service bakery or simply get back to the Expo!

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day

Price range: $5-$14

Menu sampling: Sandwiches including Reuben, pastrami, and smoked turkey; Mazo ball soup; cabbage borscht; Shapiro’s bagels; stuffed cabbage; short ribs; stuffed peppers; potato pancake; sour cream egg noodles; hot German potato salad.


1 S. Capitol Ave.
Phone: 317/632-1234 •

The Eagle’s Nest, perched high atop the Hyatt Regency, slowly revolves giving diners stunning views of the skyline. The menu, which changes seasonally, provides elegant and creative takes on classic American continental cuisine.

Hours: 5-10 p.m. daily

Price range: $40-$80

Menu sampling: Dry-aged peppercorn-crusted bone-in New York strip steak; pan-seared halibut with Parmesan potato gratin; lobster corn chowder; strawberry crème brulee.


Keystone Crossing Corridor
8555 N. River Road
Phone: 317/569-0975 •

If your party can’t decide between steak and seafood, Ocean Prime is the place for you. “Prime” refers to the quality of steaks and seafood, as well as their handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines. Ocean Prime also features a raw bar, and offers a menu of gluten-free dining options.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.

Price range: $30-$50

Menu sampling: Lobster bisque, oysters on the half shell, Chilean sea bass in champagne truffle sauce, jumbo lump crab cakes, aged prime steaks from an 8-ounce petite filet mignon to a 16-ounce rib-eye, ten-layer carrot cake.


132 N. East St.
Phone: 317/423-3300 •

Hearty home cooking is always on the menu at Maxine’s where their slogan is “A Taste of Love in Every Bite.” This is a menu full of made from scratch comfort food.

Hours: Monday: Closed. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Price range: $5-$15

Menu sampling: Jumbo fried chicken wings and waffle topped with peach butter, omelets with house potatoes, smothered chicken, catfish or tilapia with grits, half-pound burgers, fried green tomatoes, candied yams, black-eyed peas, seasonal cobbler.


111 Monument Circle
Phone: 317/917-8090 •

If you need lunch in a hurry, but want something a bit healthier than a greasy fast food burger, Fast Burrito offers fast, fresh cuisine prepared using authentic Mexican recipes. Four salsas from mild to extra hot will add just the right kick to your meal.

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day

Price range: under $10

Menu sampling: Burrito with choice of fillings; burrito bowl; grilled quesadilla; tacos; nachos; salad with chipotle ranch dressing. Fillings include marinated chicken, skirt steak, barbacoa (marinated beef brisket), ground sirloin or sautéed peppers and onions.


301 W. Washington St.
Phone: 317/638-7380 •

A patriotic décor welcomes diners to this relaxed, casual, independently owned pub serving up an array of burgers, sandwiches and other traditional American favorites. Choose one of their 35 beers to wash down the hearty pub grub.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Saturday

Price range: $8-$15

Menu Sampling: Bacon and cheese fries, Southwest nachos, homemade chili, Indiana Cobb salad, Loughmiller’s Little Cuban sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, English beef sandwich with cheddar and horseradish.


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