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“Hot Stew”
Review of John's Famous Stew

John's Famous Stew
Ranked #236 of 2,714 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Price range: $0 - $8
Cuisines: American, Deli
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Reviewed February 6, 2019

Best hot stew in Indy. Waited for a bone chilling day, ordered our stew to go and it did not disappoint.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Thank gmauel
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

I have always enjoyed the stew. Taken several who didn't know what to think and now ask to go back.
Only down side WAS it's also a bar and used to allow smoking. (pretty sure that's now not allowed)
This is a huge lunch crowd place so stop in early or call ahead and make sure they didn't run out. (yes that has happened and I wasn't happy)
While eating jalapenos is something I can do, suggest starting with there mild stew which has a little heat. The medium stew can be hot enough I'm begging for milk by meals end or a couple times enjoyed the stepped up heat.
Doubt I will ever try the HOT stew.
Tenderloin is something to behold, or has been every time I've gone.
Depending on who you get service can very, ( I did mention this is a bar, lunch joint)

Do consider this a hidden gem or put another way a Dive, but one that you should give a try.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Thank IndyTiger1050
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

Don't expect much on ambience but the Stew is Simply Amazing, been coming here for 30 years or better, always is the same, The Best you'll ever have....

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Eric C
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Awesome little joint with great food and even better service!!!!! The ladies there are FANTASTIC!!! On top of their game. The place is always hoppin and the ladies work their way through the crowds and keep the stew flowin!!!
The bar adds a nice touch also. You can sit back and imagine what the place was like through the years. Not like all the trendy hipster bars that line every other corner of Indy. This was, and still is, a working persons bar. The rich and hearty stew brings in all walks of life for lunch.
Stop in if you're on the west side of Lucas Oil Stadium, you won't be disappointed.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank sndyrige
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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Old fashioned, Down Home goodness. Youngest server is 78 years old. Great food. American Classic. Not only great stew, but try the beef Manhattan.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank doughM2351IK
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