Foodies, listen up! There’s no shortage of places to eat in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and beyond. But where should you start your culinary adventures? Where are the best places to eat north of Indianapolis?

We teamed up with our friends at Yelp Indy to discover the top places to eat in Hamilton County, Indiana. See the list below and don’t forget to leave love via review about your favorite businesses on the list, or others!

Methodology: This is a list of the best restaurants in Hamilton County, Indiana, according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurant and food category where you can order a full meal, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at restaurants in the cities of Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Noblesville, Sheridan, Arcadia, Cicero and Atlanta.


St. Yared

St. Yared Ethiopian Restaurant

Fishers, Indiana
Prepare yourself for a hands-on (literally) cultural eating experience at St. Yared. As is tradition in Ethiopian culture, guests are encouraged to eat with their hands for a communal meal with their friends and family. Owners Haile and Etenesh Abebe’s restaurant features colorful paintings and décor reflective of their home country.

Known for:

Ambasha appetizer (wheat bread, Ethiopian cottage cheese and honey) and shareable combo platter of choice (beef, seafood, chicken and vegetarian options available) served with classic Injera bread (flatbread with spongy texture).

Open for:

Lunch and dinner. Closed Mondays. Coffee shop inside open daily.

Yelp Insight:

“While I don't claim to be an expert on Ethiopian food, I've eaten it in quite a few cities and St. Yared's stacks up against the best of them as being flavorful, inviting, and well worth a night out!”
Yelper KC H.
 


Omoni

Omoni Fresh Fast Korean Grill

Carmel, Indiana
“Omoni” means “mother” in Korean, and this eatery pays homage to the owner’s mother. The fast-casual style restaurant tucked away in a strip mall on US-31 is perfect for the customer on-the-go looking for a fresh, healthy meal. Korean dishes feature garlic, soy sauce, green onions, fresh vegetables and other spices.

Known for:

Dolsot bibimbap, a fire heated stone bowl with rice, meat or tofu, vegetables, a fried egg, sauces and seasonings. Choose your spice level.

Open for:

Lunch and dinner daily.

Yelp Insight:

“Not at all what you would expect driving by, but oh my! The food here was absolutely delicious. I've been searching for Korean food in the Indy area to curb my craving, and Omoni Grill has done just that.”
Yelper Marion D.


Passione Pane

Passione Pane

Fishers, Indiana
Pronounced Passione (pa-cee-oh-nay) Pane (pa-nay), the name means “passion for bread” in Italian. The owners worked in the culinary industry in Europe before opening an authentic wood-fired pizzeria in Fishers. The top-notch wood oven comes from Italy.

Known for:

Margherita pizza and bruschetta.

Open for:

Lunch Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner daily.

Yelp Insight:

“This is in my opinion the most authentic Italian pizza around. I've been to Italy and this is the real deal. The owner is from Italy as well and is a total sweetheart. The ingredients are better or fresher than you can get in a fancy grocery store and don't even get me started on the cheese.”
Yelper Sara G.


Yats

Yats

Carmel, Indiana
Get a taste of Cajun and Creole cuisine at Yats, a local New Orleans-style joint. Order at the counter from the chalkboard menu featuring a rotating list of sauces and stews. Meals are served atop rice with a buttered baguette. Don’t forget to grab a praline for dessert.

Known for:

Chili cheese étoufée with crawfish and the chicken maque choux. Get a double order of the bread; you’ll thank us later.

Open for:

Lunch and dinner daily.

Yelp Insight:

“I cannot claim to be an expert in Cajunology, so I'm not judging it on any of the merits of "true" Cajun-ness. I just know everything I have ever had is soooo good.  Insert picture of Homer Simpson drooling here. Chili cheese étoufée with crawfish is my favorite.”
Yelper Kevin S.


Jamaican Reggae Grill

Jamaican Reggae Grill

Carmel, Indiana
Taste the flavors of the Caribbean at this popular restaurant in Carmel, located steps off the Monon Trail. Yelpers rave about the authentic jerk chicken, plantains and other traditional Jamaican cuisine prepared by Eldon and his wife, Marianne. Grab a brew from Union Brewing Company next door and dine on the all-season patio.

Known for:

Jamaican patties (beef, chicken or vegetable) and Jerk Chicken.

Open for:

Lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays.

Yelp Insight:

“I've been here 4 or 5 times now and I have not been disappointed! Everything is perfect.  From the curried goat, plantains and beef patties to the friendliness of the staff - excellent!  The portions are really big and well worth the price.”
Yelper Brittany F.


Rackz BBQ

Rackz BBQ

Carmel, Indiana
Rackz opened up its storefront on Main Street and Hazel Dell in 2017, serving up classic barbeque choices like pulled pork and beef brisket. Don’t forget to pair it with a side dish like macaroni and cheese or baked beans.

Known for:

Classic pulled pork sandwich with choice of side.

Open for:

Lunch and dinner daily.

Yelp Insight:

“I've had BBQ all over the country and must say that everything we had was delicious. The pulled pork and spicy sauce were on par with some of the best BBQ anywhere! I'm glad to have Rackz close by! If you live on anywhere on the northside, this BBQ is worth driving the distance for!”
Yelper John C.


Big Hoffa's

Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Westfield, Indiana
You’ll know you’ve arrived at Big Hoffa’s when you smell fresh barbeque from the parking lot. Adam Hoffman opened his pirate-themed barbeque joint and customers have formed a line out the door ever since.

Known for:

The Hoffanator, a dish with seasoned fries topped with baked beans, macaroni and cheese, pulled pork, barbeque sauce and ranch dressing.

Open for:

Lunch and dinner. Closed Mondays.

Yelp Insight:

“Best-hole-in-the-wall for many miles! Classic smoked meat tweaked with some creative touches! The second you approach the doorway you get punched in the face by the aromas, it’s that good. This unassuming smokehouse smells much larger than its footprint suggests, and the food is amazing.”
Yelper Roger L.


Main Street Poke

Main Street Poké

Carmel, Indiana
The poké (pronounced poh-kay) trend arrived in central Indiana with the opening of Main Street Poke in downtown Carmel and later downtown Fishers. Build your own fresh and healthy Hawaiian bowl, made with your choice of raw fish, chicken, tofu and other options. Choose a base of rice or lettuce, pick your protein and add as many veggies and toppings as you’d like.

Known for:

Tuna poké bowl with on-tap kombucha to drink.

Open for:

Lunch and dinner daily.

Yelp Insight:

“I don't know why it took me so long to try this place out! A must-try place for anyone who likes sushi! This "build-your-own" poke bowl is seriously what a sushi lovers dreams are made of.”
Yelper Sonya C.


Hacienda

Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

Carmel, Indiana
If you’re craving Mexican food, Mi Hacienda is serving it up in Carmel in a family-friendly establishment. The authentic menu features classic dishes like enchiladas, burritos, fajitas and more.

Known for:

Beef or chicken fajita with a Horchata beverage.

Open for:

Lunch and dinner daily.

Yelp Insight:

“I have FINALLY found my local go-to Mexican restaurant. I'm about to sing so many praises about Mi Hacienda, and I swear it's not just the margaritas talking.”
Yelper Angela J.


Burritos & Beer

Burritos & Beer

Fishers, Indiana
Like the name states, you can expect burritos and beer at this Fishers restaurant. In addition, try out a traditional taco, nachos or entrées like the tortas on bolillo roll, a popular Mexican sandwich.

Known for:

Tortas and burritos.

Open for:

Lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays.

Yelp Insight:

“BEST. BURRITOS. IN. FISHERS. Or maybe Indiana- I’d be willing to find out. You've probably driven past this restaurant a million times and now you have a reason to stop! The food is delicious. Plain & simple.”
Yelper Shelbi G.

 


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