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John's Famous Stew

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1146 Kentucky Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46221-1306
+1 317-636-6212
Saturday
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Yes the food is great but....... If you can handle being treated like your an inconvenience have at it! Made my last trip here today unless there are some major changes in personnel. I had tried to call in an order on my way but no one would answer. Upon arrival there wasn't a sole in the place. So while... More 

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Thank Robina614
Noblesville, Indiana
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

When I was a kid there was a commercial- "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" Me - today - lunch. Then, with my bib still on, I had warm peach cobbler ala mode. Oh my goodness Goodness Goodness. About all I can say is do not miss a chance to visit this Indianapolis one of a kind.

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Thank Matt P
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I love to take out-of-guests here. Between the dive look, the huge bowls of magnificent, meaty stew, and the low prices, everybody loves this gem. Leave room for the cobbler. And remember, this is a bar, so leave the kids at home.

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Thank BatGuano30
Fishers, Indiana
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106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

What a treasure I have found! This beef stew reminded me of Mom and home. Yum. And more than a person should eat at lunch---but it was so good I couldn't stop eating it. Served with two slices of bread and butter. It's a non descript building- you wouldn't know a restaurant was inside. The waitresses are funny- no nonsense,... More 

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Thank happymallqueen
Madison, WI
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Basically a slightly funky bar, (This is meant in a good way, by the way). But on the menu is stew-- rich, flavorful, filling - a real delight. It comes in three levels of spicy. Medium is jus that, spicy is spicy but not crazy hot. Good. I saw on the menu other wonderful things I associate with my hungarian... More 

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Thank Madrally
Gainesville, Georgia
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

If your looking for GREAT stew John's is the place to go. This bar has been there for years and the building shows it but the food is great, You wont be disappointed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

I love this place. Doesn't look like much on the outside but much nicer inside and the food is great. Had some of the "hot" stew and it's pretty spicy. The pork tenderloin is as delicious as it is gigantic.

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Thank wamzie
Frankfort, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

We went to this place trying to find something different. We got it. The stew has 3-4 flavors of hotness and each was delicious. The wait staff could be a little nicer, but not being a regular she did a fine job. The tenderloin sandwich is big enough for 3 people! It's called John's Famous Stew. It's worth it, get... More 

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Thank JhibbnJuno
Moore, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

Driving through on a long road trip, we like to find places the locals love when we are in a new city. John's fit the bill! Very convenient to I-70 and the food and staff were great. We missed the lunch rush as we showed up around 3. Phoebe was our server and we chatted and laughed the whole time.... More 

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Thank Living-a-little
Greenwood, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

I had lunch at John's with a senior group. I had the Philly sandwich with fries - both were good. Fries were the best I've had in a long time. The reason I didn't order stew is that I had it once before & even the mild was way too spicey for me.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8
Cuisine
American, Delicatessen
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1146 Kentucky Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46221-1306
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-636-6212

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?