What’s fueling Indianapolis’ meals scene this month?


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We took a data-driven look at the question and used Yelp to find out which restaurants were in the spotlight this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at the Indianapolis businesses by category on Yelp and counted the number of reviews they received. Instead of just comparing them based on the number of reviews, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked companies that have continuously increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

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Smee’s Place Bar & Grill

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Open for 25 years, this wine bar and traditional American place is trending compared to other properties listed as American (Traditional) on Yelp.

The city’s traditional American spots saw new ratings rise an average of 2.5% last month, while Smee’s Place Bar & Grill saw an 18.6% increase, with ratings consistently rated at four stars has been. Additionally, Smee’s Place Bar & Grill’s ratings have increased more than 1,600% month over month.

It’s not the only outlier in the traditional American category: Krueger’s Tavern saw ratings rise 9.6%, and Rick’s Cafe Boatyard and Fire by the Monon rose 3.9% and 2.2%, respectively.

Smee’s Place Bar & Grill is located at 1454 W. 86th St. in St. Vincent-Greenbriar and offers a wide variety of salads, sandwiches and wraps, as well as entrees such as beef stroganoff (tender pieces of beef served with stroganoff sauce and egg noodles ). Wash it down with a craft beer, bourbon drink, cocktail, or glass of wine from the bar.

See the menu here.

The Smee’s Place Bar & Grill is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

16-bit bar + arcade

Photo: 16-bit bar + Arcade / Yelp

Whether or not you’ve heard of the 16-bit Bar + Arcade in downtown Indianapolis, the Bar and Arcade is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses rated as “Bars” on Yelp saw an average increase in new reviews of 3.9% over the last month, 16-Bit Bar + Arcade saw new reviews increase by 92.9% and over that period retained a superior 4.5 star rating.

There are even more trends in the Indianapolis bar scene: Condado Tacos – Mass Ave saw ratings rise 21.8%.

The 16-Bit Bar + Arcade has been open since June 27 at 110 E. New York St. and offers entertainment in the form of more than 50 classic arcade games and pinball machines, as well as drinks according to current and older celebrities like Kevin Bacon named are cocktail (maple bourbon, ginger ale and real bacon jerky). Click for the full menu or list of available games.

The 16-Bit-Bar + Arcade is open Mondays to Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Conner’s kitchen + bar

Photo: Conner’s K├╝che + Bar / Yelp

Conner’s Kitchen + Bar in downtown Indianapolis is also making waves. Open since spring 2018, the well-established breakfast and brunch and New American Spot bar at 350 W. Maryland St. saw new ratings rise 8.3% last month, compared to an increase in average ratings by 2.1% for all businesses tagged American (New) on Yelp.

Try the freshly squeezed Lean Green juice (kale, apple, spinach, cucumber and lemon) and the protein omelette (marinated tomato, kale and Swiss cheese) for breakfast in the Conner’s Kitchen + Bar. For the past month, it has maintained a superior four-star rating among Yelpers.

Conner’s Kitchen + Bar is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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