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Zelma's Restaurant

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965 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219-4809
+1 317-353-2213
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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pulling up to this place we didnt know what to expect due to the area, but was a little more at ease once we went inside. As far as the menue this place sells burgers, fried bologna, milkshakes, chilli, mozzarella sticks. Its like a mini version of steak n shake, with more of a home style feel to it. My... More 

Thank T G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Classic diner with the chef working the flat grill on the opposite side of the counter. The waitress and chef were great and had a great banter that makes you feel right at home while a couple hundred miles from home. Good honest food too.

Thank John F
Indianapolis, Indiana
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548 reviews
457 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Place looks like it opened 50 years ago and they've done nothing to it since. However the place is clean the service ok and the food reasonably priced and better than average. 4 seasons up the road is a better choice.

Thank scott1102
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

Great food and service. Open 24 hours and easy to locate. Food cooked in front of you. Portions nice size. Place smelled like bleach!!! Awesomeness...

Thank HM P
Peru, Indiana
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422 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

Before the flood of chain restaurants, this would be one of those great finds while traveling. Not trendy, not haute cuisine, just good home cooking at a decent price. We came mid-afternoon and only a couple customers there. The waitress took our order and then made our meal. She was friendly, prompt and the food was great. If you enjoy... More 

Thank RICART75
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Looks sketchy outside and in, but don't be fooled, this is worth a visit. Decent breakfasts, served hot and fast by friendly people.

Thank BatGuano30
Cincinnati, Ohio
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51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

stopped in on a saturday afternoon..... what a great hidden gem! VERY old school style diner.... i got the gut buster burger. it was 2 patties, bacon, fries and bbq sauce! very good. came with a side of onion rings and cottage cheese. i could do without the cottage cheese and the onion rings were a little shy, but good...... More 

Thank katie h
Benton, Arkansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

This place has been around for a while and it is apparent why! The food was great, the service was excellent, and the price was OUTSTANDING! My whole family got whatever they wanted and desert and it was so affordable! I will make sure to go back every time I am in town! Great place to take your family!

Thank SouthernJewel74
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

The omelette I had was easily a five. However, the restaurant was dirty & sticky. The chairs were stained and the outlets were grimy. Our party of nine got our food in five minute intervals. I would eat here again only if they did a deep clean.

Thank RamponaO
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013 via mobile

This is the GO TO place for breakfast!! I haven't eaten any other meals here YET. But, I have had breakfast here 3 different times and each time I leave excited about the next time I come. The food is the way it ought to be; hot, fresh, and cooked with the customers enjoyment in mind. The decor is simple... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
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Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 965 N Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219-4809
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-353-2213

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