Road Trip: Indianapolis

Feeling the winter blues? Needing to get in the car and drive? Head south a bit to Indianapolis! With a plethora of options for museums, shopping, entertainment, and more, Indy is rich, as well, in plant-based food options.

Check out Union Jack’s in Broadripple (924 Broadripple Ave.). This trendy pub offers more than just traditional bar food. They just released their new vegan menu. Try the Seitan Wings in your choice of Buffalo or BBQ, served with a side of vegan ranch. BBQ Pulled Jackfruit anyone? Or maybe the Buffalo Seitan Flatbread—seitan, Buffalo sauce, tomatoes, and red onion drizzled with vegan ranch and served in a wood-fire grilled flatbread. Whether you go with the Seitan Salad, Buffalo Seitan Wrap, or House-Made Chili, at Union Jack’s you will enjoy not only the drinks and conversation, but the food as well.

Wanting to indulge in sweet treats? The Flying Cupcake, with multiple locations, offers a daily vegan option. Or try Whisk Bakery at 399 S. St. Rd. 135 in Greenwood. Chandra Harris, owner of Whisk, assures us almost any of Whisk’s regular bakery items can be ordered vegan. This includes cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and breads. Occasionally Chandra has vegan treats on hand for walk-ins. But to be safe, just call ahead. While based in Muncie, Amanda Reninger, owner of Sea Salt and Cinnamon, participates in Indy area farmers’ markets. She is currently operating out of the Village Winter Market in Broad Ripple on Saturdays from 9am-12pm. Her business also offers delivery to the Indy area for the holidays and even on weekends. Amanda tells us everything she offers is vegan.

Check out the plant-based offerings in Greenwood, a south suburb teeming with malls, restaurants, and movies. Try Thai Spice at 2220 E. County Line Rd. with multiple vegan offerings, The Clay Oven Indian restaurant in the Southport Centre at 7415 US-31, and Lindo Mexico at the corner of County Line and Emerson just off the I-65 exit.

If you’re in the mood to eat in, Indy offers great grocery options. We like Fresh Thyme, Earth Fare, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s.

Planning something a little farther out? Schedule your trip for April 29th when Indy VegFest 2017 hits the town. Promoting the vegan lifestyle, compassion for animals, and environmental responsibility, this celebration of all things vegetarian seeks to empower individuals to live a healthier, more compassionate life.

With Sara Laycock, campaign manager at Mercy For Animals, speaking (among others) and more than 40 food and nonfood vendors and organizations, Indy VegFest promises to be an informative, entertaining, fun-packed day. Katelin Rupp, co-founder of Indy VegFest, tells us we can expect food samples and cooking demos, fun fitness activities, prizes and giveaways, and more. Want more info? You can find it here:

Website: www.indyvegfest.com

E-Mail: indyvegfest@gmail.com

Facebook: facebook.com/indyvegfest

Twitter: @indyvegfest

Instagram: @indyvegfest

As always, tag us in any road trip photos on Instagram. We may just share them to the VegOut feed!