Binford Cafe, a breakfast and lunch only place on the northeast side of Indy, is a little gathering spot for regulars. But that doesn't mean you aren't welcome too.
They have the usual breakfast and lunch fare, including lunch and soup specials that change daily, but what got us there and kept us there, was the biscuits and gravy.
A few years ago, we found ourselves in New Orleans and decided to grab some breakfast at a restaurant adjoining the hotel. We got the quickest, cheapest thing they had; the biscuits and gravy. The heat and flavors opened our eyes. Being Hoosier natives, we thought that the gravy just had to be a tasteless mixture of flour and milk, with some meat tossed in.
Binford Cafe is the closest we have found in Indiana to that dish. The biscuits and gravy (also available in 1/2 orders for those not willing to go too far off the diet) are served steaming on the plate. You can see the large chunks of freshly crushed black peppercorn. The gravy has that "cajun heat", but not enough heat that will put off the average diner. On their dessert cooler, there is a foreboding gargoyle that sits among a huge variety of hot sauces, in case you want to add more heat. However, we always felt it was perfect as is.
Binford Cafe 6404 Rucker Rd (near Binford and 64th) Indianapolis, IN