Tasty Secrets of Carmel Indiana

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Carmel, Indiana. When you think of Indiana, you may think of Indianapolis, Evansville, South Bend or maybe Fort Wayne. But just behind these better-known cities is a growing area that’s ripe for the tasting – literally. Carmel, Indiana in Hamilton County is experiencing a boom as those in places like the capital Indianapolis and others seek a kinder, gentler type of town. And in the wake of this search, Carmel, Indiana food rises to the challenge, providing both respite and repast in the same breath.

Carmel Street Statues

We had the opportunity to sample some of the tastes that are trending in Carmel, Indiana food. There are intriguing venues, such as Peace Water Winery, which combines the production of wine with the opportunity to do good. We had the opportunity to sample intriguing small plates at restaurants such as Divvy. And the craft brewing scene is alive in Carmel as well, with offerings such as Upland Brewing Company, which has been a Hoosier favorite for nearly 20 years. A fun little trip on the Indie Indy Foodie Tours bus helped us make our way through the tastes of the city.

Indie Indy Foodie Tours

Surprising Carmel, Indiana Food

The other highlight of our peek inside the culinary scene is Carmel, Indiana restaurants like the unique and quirky spot owned by chef Larry Hanes, who designed the interior and cooks every meal at the Eggshell Bistro. The globally inspired brunching menu was right up our alley.

Caprese Strata

Larry loves to talk to people from other countries to learn more about what they eat for breakfast. He tries to make the dishes complement one another, lending a global edge to the overall menu as well as each dish’s influences.

Chef Larry Hanes Eggshell Bistro Carmel Indiana

The sweet potato hash has Spanish influences from the chorizo, pico and black beans in it.

Sweet Potato Hash Carmel Indiana Food

Shakshuka lends a Moroccan spin.

Shakshuka Carmel Indiana Food

Other tasty dishes provide lovely global flavors, well-composed and pleasing to the eye. And the extensive menu of gourmet coffees and teas compliments the meal offerings as well. All these delicious offerings make the Eggshell Bistro one of the best restaurants in Carmel, Indiana.

Brandade and Grits Carmel Indiana

If you’re looking for Carmel restaurants for lunch there are plenty to choose from. The From Scratch Restaurant offers many homemade dishes like “From Scratch” soups and sides like “From Scratch” baby red potatoes and Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. They also have been visited by Guy Fieri so you can experience his favorites by ordering The Triple D Sampler. It’s a feast of all their favorites biscuits and gravy, two eggs, two eggs, potatoes, cheesy grits, and a cup of their homemade brisket chili. Sounds like a belt buster to me.

While it may under the radar for all but those in the know around neighboring cities and states, Carmel has some pretty tasty offerings to visitors and locals alike. If you’re looking for someplace to visit for great tastes and a little fun walking, Carmel may be worth putting on your travel map.

For more information about Carmel, Indiana and the other cities in Hamilton County check their website at

We were hosted in Carmel by Visit Hamilton County. We were not financially compensated for this review. The opinions expressed are based on our own experience.

The Quick Bite: Carmel Indiana is booming with culinary delights from wine to beer to chocolate and global flavors. We share our view of some of those tastes with you.

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  1. I’m not sure why but I liked the “Dark Vader” truffles the best! This sounds like a charming town – nice to know about it.

  2. And I seem to recall it’s CARmel, not CarMEL, right? Love these little jewels with their tasty secrets. There is nothing like authentic small town done right in the Midwest. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Ha ha! You are 100% correct Betsy! Adorable little town in Indiana. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I like finding places that are off the radar but are starting to make their mark. Carmel Indiana certainly looks like they are producing some amazing food, with some lovely cultural blends.

    • You’re absolutely right Paula. We love finding these little gems. Thanks for stopping by.

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