Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour

Indianapolis, IN

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This Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour will explore the progression of Indianapolis cuisine over the years as well as the neighborhood.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable tour providers have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Bon Appetit Magazine
  • Experience food and drink tastings at 3-4 restaurants which may include German, high-end American, pub-style specialties and delicious desserts
  • Discover this city's rich history, architecture and of course - the wonderful cuisine!

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This Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour will explore the progression of Indianapolis cuisine over the years as well as the neighborhood.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable tour providers have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Bon Appetit Magazine
  • Experience food and drink tastings at 3-4 restaurants which may include German, high-end American, pub-style specialties and delicious desserts
  • Discover this city's rich history, architecture and of course - the wonderful cuisine!
Location
Indianapolis, IN
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Year-Round:
Fridays & Saturdays - 3:00 PM

Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 21 days in advance.

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    On this Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour, you will explore the commercial corridor bordering two of the most historic neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Lockerbie and Chatham Arch.

    Mass Ave is a well-known commercial boulevard that was designed as one of four diagonal streets leading into the heart of Downtown Indianapolis. A lot about Indianapolis has changed since Mass Ave was born in 1821. Today, this neighborhood lies at the center of the city's art and cultural district.

    This historic district is home to an ever expanding food scene, encompassing nearly two dozen locally owned restaurants. The restaurants throughout the area are a combination of long standing local favorites dating back to the 1800's, to new hotspots embracing the culinary traditions of the "Circle City."

    This Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour will explore the progression of Indianapolis' cuisine over the past 150 years; from the traditions brought over by the city's original immigrants, to locally sourced progressive cuisine, all within a beautifully restored neighborhood.

    Tastings on this tour may include (and are subject to change):

    • Vegan-friendly free trade cuisine
    • High-end Midwestern inspired dishes
    • Traditional German cuisine and drink
    • An Indianapolis indigenous sandwich
    • A sampling of local beers at a downtown brewery
    • Hand-crafted desserts that utilize local produce
    Essential Information
    • Participants must be at least 21 years of age
    • Children under the age of 7 that will not be participating in food tastings do not require a ticket, please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking if you will be bringing an infant or young child along with you
    • Approximately 1.5 miles of walking with 3-4 restaurant stops
    • Tastings included in the price
    • Notify Cloud 9 Living of food allergies or restrictions upon booking

    *Please note, the number of restaurant stops is subject to change.

    Duration
    3.5 hours
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 12 people per tour.
    Spectators
    This experience is only for those on the tour.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is not weather dependent as you will not be outdoors for the entire tour. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour.
    What To Wear
    Please dress appropriately for expected weather conditions and wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking throughout the tour.
    Booking Information
    For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 21 days in advance.
    Cancellation Policy
    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, all bookings for this experience are final.
    How much food is served on the tour?
    There are 3-4 stops on the tour where you will be served small specialty meals. For most people this is enough food to substitute a meal.
    Are there any age requirements?
    Yes, all participants must be at least 21 years old. 
    What types of food are served on the tour?
    The types of food at the restaurants include German, high-end American, Pub style specialties and delicious desserts. Food tasting locations may change without notice.
    What if I have dietary restrictions?
    Please let Cloud 9 Living know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) when you book your experience. As long as the provider knows well enough in advance, accommodations can be made.
    How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
    You are on your feet for approximately half of the tour, walking at a moderate pace. You will be seated at most restaurants for 15-20 minutes each. However, this is a walking tour so remember to wear comfortable shoes.
    What about taking children on the tour?
    Children are welcome on the tour. It should be noted, however, that the tour is 3.5 hours long. Some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation on a case by case basis. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
    Are there any beverages served on the tour?
    Each restaurant will serve water with each meal. There may be coffee or tea with dessert, and alcohol may be included at 1 or 2 stops. Any other beverage that guests wish to have will be a la carte.
    Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
    The tour does cover some uneven terrain and the restaurants visited can change from time to time. If you or another guest needs wheelchair access, please book your tour at least 3 weeks in advance and let us know at the time of booking so that accommodations can be made.
    Do we just walk around and sample food?
    Absolutely not! Aside from sampling delicious food, you will also experience life as we traverse the streets of the Mass Ave area in Indianapolis. The tour is fully narrated by your guide, who will discuss the history, culture, architecture and entertainment that Mass Ave has to offer.
    What happens if it rains or snows?
    The tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. You will not be outdoors for the entire tour, but you should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
    Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
    Yes, although it is not mandatory, guide gratuities are certainly appreciated.
    Where does the tour finish?
    The tour finishes within the same vicinity as where it starts. Additionally, each participant will receive specific direction details at the beginning of the tour in order to gain familiarity with the area.
    This experience has a customer rating of 5
    based on 14 reviews.
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    Yesterday was just about perfect. Our guide, Melanie, was there waiting for us under the canopy. At the stroke of 3PM we headed into the Rathskeller for the first food stop – which was an individual plate with small samples of several German favorites, pretzel & mustard, 2 meats, cooked red cabbage, plus spätzle. Then a leisurely walk through Lockerbie Square, where the guide had arranged an abbreviated (first floor only) visit to the James Whitcomb Riley house – really fun to see the original 1800’s kitchen. Then a brief walk to the Lockerbie Pub for a scaled-down version of their famous Hoosier tenderloin with all the trimmings (including breaded, deep-fried pickle discs) plus flights of 3 different craft beers or wine samples. An extra surprise was that Mayor Joe Hogsett had finished his lunch there and said hello to us on his way out. Next stop was Rooster’s Kitchen on Mass Ave. – near the Bottle Works construction - never heard of this spot. Our reserved table was ready and the 8 of use were treated to a smaller version of their popular brisket sandwich on buttered & toasted sourdough bread, with a side dish of “charred carrots” – small strips of carrots brushed in olive oil and seared on the grill. By now we were stuffed but enjoyed a final stop on Mass Ave. at The Best Chocolate in Town for various chocolate treats or choice of ice cream flavors. Three of the seven were from Chicago, four of us from Indy. We all got along well especially after the flights of beer. Melanie is a local nurse and does this as a second job – and her many stories about the area were interesting. By the time we were done almost 3 hours had passed – with a fun group and great weather. Could not have been better!
    Not being very familiar with Indianapolis, this was a great way to learn a little history, try great restaurants, and walk around the city. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent. We look forward to doing another tour of a different part of the city to try more restaurants.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Jennifer, I love hearing that! Our tour guides certainly endeavor to entertain and educate, and it sounds like it was mission accomplished. Cheers to exploring a new city; let us know when you feel like getting to know another one! Regards, Inah
    We did Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour with Jeff. He was very friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. The food was awesome!
    Dani Miller was great!
    Food was great. Tour guide was exceptional!!! We will take our friends on this tour.
    Our Mass Ave Food Tour was wonderful! Our guide, Amy, was knowledgeable and personable. The food was delicious and the pace of the tour was perfect!
    Our tour guide was excellent!
    I bought this for my husband's birthday, and we didn't have a chance to use it for a while. We finally were able to use it, and we had a wonderful time! It was just something fun and different, without being too costly. The guide we had was very knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun learning about the city and enjoying the great food! I would highly recommend this to others. Thanks for having something "different" out there to do!
    Food was excellent and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly! Excellent job! I will definitely recommend this to others, as well as go on additional tours.
    This was such a fun experience. Tia was our guide and she was very friendly and knowledgeable. We definitely want to do this again.
    Our tour guide, Liz, was awesome! Even though we live in the area, we learned new things about the history of this great city. The restaurants we visited were very accomodating, and the food was fantastic!! Overall, an A+ experience!!!
    The Mass Avenue Food Tour was really good. The tour said it would be 4 or 5 destinations, however, it ended up only being 3. Also the first stop of Rathskellar for german food, was way too much food for 1 stop. By the time you ate there you were done. Each stop should be like a tapas portion not a full plate. The meals were all really good but I actually got a to go box at the first stop and then had to carry it the rest of the way. It was good for the money and a nice variety of food. My absolute favorite was Mesh where the food was superb. The Lockierby Pub food was also good and the owner spent a lot of time talking to us about the history and the beer that was sampled there. The Rathskellar was good but my least favorite. The server did not tell us any history of the place which it had tons of history to learn about. Also we were separated between 2 tables so some people heard things that the other table did not hear. The guide, that I can't think of her name right now, was really good at providing info about the various areas of town that we were in and pointed out things that were not observant to the normal person walking by.
    Thanks for letting me substitute wine for beer. Lots of beer and I am not a beer drinker.
    My fiance and I very much enjoyed our "Taste of Indy" tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. She made our walk and dining experience a real treat. Each neighborhood and restaurant stop was rich with history. It was great meeting the other couples on our tour and sharing in the experience together. We both hope to take similar tours in the future. What a great Valentine's day gift! Thank you!

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