Ginger's Cafe (1804 Conner St, Noblesville, IN 46060) - If you're craving traditional diner food with great service and a little bit of kitsch, head to Ginger's. Not only does this quirky little place have fantastic food at surprisingly low prices, it's filled with regulars and friendly staff. You won't be disappointed! Open for breakfast and lunch.
Barley Island Brewing Company (639 Conner Street, Noblesville, IN 46060) - Craft beer is a huge trend these days, but the brewmasters at Barley Island have been making award-winning ales for over a decade. The food is what you expect--and what you want--from a brewery. Beer battered, deep fried, lovingly made to match their hearty beers. Try the Dirty Helen, a brown ale that impressed judges at the Great American Beer Festival. Or go for a sampler if your can't decide.
Rita's Backyard Garden Center & Tea Room (12244 East 116th Street, Fishers, In 46037) - For something completely different, head to Rita's Backyard. The tea room is only open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 2PM, and only from April through mid-December each year. Enjoy creative salads and sandwiches, and, of course, don't forget to order tea! Rita's is also a great place for your special occasion. Call ahead for reservations and details.
DeLullo's Trattoria (177 West Main Street, Atlanta, IN 46031) - You might not expect a bit of viva Italia in small town Indiana, but DeLullo's provides the kind of experience you'd have in a small town in say, Tuscany. The fare is standard, hearty, Italian, featuring thick breads, generous salads, and of course pizza. Make the trip north and be sure to plan a walk afterwards to work off those calories!
El Palenque (2313 Conner St, Noblesville, IN 46060) - There are plenty of strip-mall Mexican food joints in Central Indiana, and Hamilton County is no exception. But while El Palenque may look the same from the outside, the experience in your mouth will prove that this place is truly authentic. They have a large menu, but that's only an excuse to come back and work your way through it.
The Local Eatery & Pub (14655 N Gray Rd, Westfield, IN 46062) - Some places are always busy. The Local is a spot that you want to visit outside of the normal Friday night dinner hour, unless you've called ahead for reservations. Their secret is an obsession with locally sourced ingredients. Much of what appears on your plate came directly from farms in Hamilton County. But, it won't last on your plate for long!
What are your favorite restaurants in Hamilton County?