Eat Like a Vonnegut

When you’re in town for Vonnegutfest, you’re going to need to eat. And while Indianapolis offers some outstanding culinary experiences, there is no better choice to make than to eat like a Vonnegut. No, you’re not getting invited over to dinner with the family. But you can sit and enjoy a wonderful meal in places that honor Indy’s own Kurt Vonnegut.

The Rathskeller
401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Bernard Vonnegut, Sr, Kurt Vonnegut’s grandfather, and Arthur Bohn designed The Athenæum, originally named Das Deutsche Haus in the late 1800s. Today the building hosts a variety of spaces and businesses including The Rathskeller restaurant – a Bavarian-inspired place for food and music.

The building is recognized as being one of the best preserved German-American architecture structures in Indianapolis. However, they are not shy about their connection with the Vonnegut family. The Rathskeller even features “The Kurt Vonnegut Room” with a bust of the Indy-born author.

Grab a beer and a pretzel in the beer garden or sit down for dinner in the great hall with mounted animal heads hanging high above you. We suggest the Rouladen: a beef rollup filled with bacon, onions, spicy mustard and tart pickle wedge slowly cooked for tenderness and topped with homemade brown gravy (available as a gluten-free meal as well).

653 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut, who made Indianapolis a more flavorful and intellectual city, Bluebeard created a space that honors writers and offers James-Beard-Award nominated cuisine. Even the name Bluebeard comes from Vonnegut’s 1987 novel of the same name.

Surrounded by books and typewriters, Bluebeard then delivers a gastronomic delight with every course. Their menu changes daily so we would encourage you to go a couple of times during your visit to The Circle City.

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