Historic North Meridian Dining & Shopping





A key reason many people choose to live on North Meridian Street is the walkability and convenience of day-to-day living. 

Although North Meridian Street is almost entirely residential in nature, there are several nodes on adjacent streets that offer dining, shopping, and lifestyle experiences unique for the Indianapolis area.


Meridian at Westfield


Meridian, 317.466.1111 - Actually a log cabin built before North Meridian existed, Meridian was opened by Rick Lux in the space known for decades as Dodd's Flag Pole Town House. It offers fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.


56th & Illinois Streets


Chase, 317.266.6500 – The neighborhood branch of the national bank.  The building itself is noteworthy for its late Art Deco / Streamline architectural style.


Riviera Club, 317.255-5471  – Home to one of the largest outdoor pools in the country, the club offers outdoor and indoor swimming pools, tennis, a fitness center, and social activities. It is located just north of the Canal on Illinois. Membership is open to all.


Bob’s Food Mart, 317.252.5820   – a small gas and convenience store on “The Point” at Illinois and Westfield.

Byrne’s Grilled Pizza, 317-737-2056  – Named in honor of Immaculate Heart’s Fr. James Byrne, the pizza itself has earned a strong following.

The Flying Cupcake, 317.396.2696  – With its cupcake-on-a-tall-pole as an area landmark, this purveyor of tasty treats is a great favorite. 

Graeter’s Ice Cream, 317.253.1405  – I first learned about this Cincinnati-based creamery when enjoying the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip (chunk, actually) at the Columbia Club years ago.  The company decided to open stores outside of its home base and this location was the first in Indianapolis, followed by one in Carmel.

Illinois Street Food Emporium, 317.253-9513  – Opened by Sue and Ernie Kobets in 1979, it quickly became the neighborhood’s gathering place. Overheard conversations range from the personal to those of great societal importance. The food is great. Outdoor seating in good weather.

Kincaid’s Meat Market, 317.255.5497. – The great-grandfather of neighborhood shops. Started in 1921, this full-service butcher shop was owned by the Kincaid family for three generations. In 2015 it passed into the hands of the Dugdale family, longtime meat merchants.  It prides itself on the quality of its cuts as well as its friendly, knowledgeable service.

Safeway, 317.255-3689  - The neighborhood grocery store for over sixty years. Perfect for buying those last-minute items without enduring long lines. Many people enjoy the fried chicken that is sold in the deli.

Starbucks Coffee, 317.259.8129 - The neighborhood branch of the national coffeeshop chain.

21st Amendment, 317.255.3070  -  A wide selection of wines, spirits, and beers. 


Be The Boutique, 317.257.3826  – Started in Broad Ripple by Barbie Turner in 2008, BE moved to its current location in 2013. Its offerings include home goods and décor, kitchen and barware, greeting cards and paper products as well as fashion, including apparel, handbags, jewelry and more.

Charles Mayer & Company, 317.257.2900 – “Charlie Mayer’s” was founded in 1840 and quickly became the city’s “go-to” place for unusual fine gifts and furnishings. Although it closed in 1954, it was reopened in 1992 by Claudia Ryan and her husband, Tim, Mayer’s great-great grandson. 

Eckert & Ross Fine Art, 317.255.4561– First opened in Westfield, Indiana in the early 1970s by Henry Eckert and Jane Eckert, this gallery became widely known for its interest in and knowledge of the Hoosier Group of Indiana artists of the late 19th and early 20th century. The Group includes T.C. Steele, William Forsyth, Otto Stark, and others. The gallery moved to its current location in the early 1990s. Now owned by Jim Ross and Lisa Eckert , its offerings now include a wide range of American, European, and Russian artists.

Kid's Ink, 317.253-1745 - A much-loved children's bookstore for more than 25 years that also sells games, puzzles, and creative-play toys. 

Petite G Jewelers, 317.255.5555 - A landmark boutique jewelry store originally started by Gary Thrapp, it is now operated by Dana Friedman and Josh Shanafelt. 

The Secret Ingredient – A boutique specializing in contemporary and updated fashions and accessories for women.

49th & Pennsylvania Streets


Ty's Penn Shell, 317.283.7400 - Separate in operation from the attached Shell gas station, Ty Tarr has operated his automotive repair shop for several decades. The shop was originally opened by his father. It works on all types of vehicles.

Pete's - An automotive repair shop specializing in foreign automobiles.


National Bank of Indianapolis, 317.255.5500 - Founded in the 1990s to provide personalized local banking for Indianapolis, it's often thought of as treating its customers the way banks did before the advent of mega-bank mergers. This was one of its first branches.


Cafe Patachou, 317. 925-2823  - The original location of this local chain of breakfast and lunch gathering places.  Opened by entrepreneur Martha Hoover, it bills itself as a Student Union for Adults. Perfect omelets, unusual soups, and tasty sandwiches form the base of its offerings. Outdoor seating in good weather. Witty conversation at all times.

Hubbard & Cravens, 317.251.5161  - A local favorite, this coffee (and more!) shop was started in 1991 by Rick Hubbard and Jerry Cravens. It's a great place to meet with friends or some work on your laptop. 

Napolese, 317. 925-0765  - Another of Martha Hoover's well-known restaurants, Napolese features craft pizzas and a convivial atmosphere. Outdoor seating in good weather.



Catton Dentistry,  317.923-2561 - Dr. Mark Catton has operated his practice on the corner for many years. His son, Dr. Nicholas Catton, has recently joined him.  

Shops & Salons

Europa Day Spa, 317.926-4350  – Opened in 2005 by Sandra Campbell, it seeks to be a low-key haven away from the busy world. 

The Mae Salon, 317.602.3740 - Founder Korie Lance’s salon offers a range of services from hair to waxing. 

Meridian Heights Cleaners / Tide, 317.283.1361 - One of the oldest businesses in the area, this shop has recently become part of the Tide chain. It retained several of the longtime employees and remains a mainstay for dry cleaning and storing of clothes.

Sullivan's Hardware, 317.924.5040 - An antidote to the "big box" stores, Sullivan's is a neighborhood-sized hardware store. A fixture for many years, it offers hard-to-find items for home repair, paints, and a garden shop.



Studio 49 Fitness, 317.602.8960 – Carrie Thrasher-Rudd’s studio offers a wide range of fitness classes, for both the beginner and the experienced.

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