Let me start this post off by saying that you need a reservation for Tinker Street. We didn’t know this and had to wait an hour and a half on a Saturday, which was fine for us, because we were able to explore more of the surrounding area, however it would have been very inconvenient otherwise. Let me also state that our wait was absolutely worth it, and I would do it all over again without changing a thing, because the food at Tinker Street in Indianapolis was phenomenal. We loved that, like many restaurants in Indy, Tinker Street offered indoor and outdoor seating, a full dinner and dessert menu, as well as a fully stocked bar, so it already had a lot going for it by our standards when we were finally seated.
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Address: 402 Est 16th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Hours: 5pm – 10pm Daily, Closed Sundays
Food Type: Seasonal, Locally Sourced,
Price: $65+ per person
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Reservations: Recommended for Dinner
Special Diets: Pescatarian, Gluten Free, Vegan
We Recommend: Mushroom Bruschetta, Squash Pad Thai, Blistered Indiana Asparagus with Quinoa, S’More Pot De Créme
We wanted to try something different, so we asked our waiter, a very jovial gent by the name of Luke, to surprise us with dishes that would be pretty to photograph, whatever they were. Of course, he laughed at us, and deservedly so, but he did right by us in the end and brought us some of the very best food we’ve had in the midwest. My main course was the gluten free, vegan Pad Thai made from squash and cucumber noodles which was positively refreshing and was served cold. My husband savored the Blistered Indiana Asparagus with Quinoa, which is now one of my favorite meals anywhere in the world. He also brought us Mushroom Bruschetta and a Daiquiri with our meals, and we were delighted by everything.
If you’re looking for an interesting dining experience, and you’re not picky, head to Tinker Street and ask them to surprise you. These are things we probably wouldn’t have ordered for ourselves, but we absolutely loved. For dessert, he presented us with a S’More Pot de Créme, which is an innovative take on traditional s’mores. To get that fresh from the campfire taste, the creative folks at Tinker Street though of everything and even included a line of vegetable ash for diners to dip their s’mores into, which is made from burnt and sifted vegetable scraps in the kitchen. See what I mean about being inventive?
Everything was absolutely delightful, and we had fun with our server exploring the menu “blind” so to speak. Sitting outside with my husband, enjoying dishes that were a surprise until they were brought to our table, and passing the evening away chatting with the friendly people from Indy next to us and our fantastic server will always be one of my favorite memories from this summer.
If you’re in town, stop by Tinker Street for some delicious, beautifully arranged food and good times.
What’re your favorite places to eat in Indianapolis?
Until next time!