Restaurants of the Road
"The pizza joint used to be a Sinclair gasoline station. It has a really nice, clean dining area which is decorated in-- you guessed it, old Sinclair memorabilia. The pizza is really great!"
It was this e-mail message, sent to us by DeAnn and Bill Flint, that took RoadTrip America® north of Indianapolis to the town of Noblesville.
met DeAnn and Bill between the signature gas pumps at the
entrance, and then went on inside to enjoy the marriage of
vintage filling station and gourmet pizza parlor.
We admired the green dinosaurs, enamel signs, and old photographs that adorn the walls inside Sinclair's and settled in at a table next to a window. One look at the menu was all it took to see that Sinclair's is serious about the "gourmet" in its name.
Available toppings include Cajun ham and sausage, Gouda and feta cheese, banana peppers, and more than two dozen other tempting possibilities. It took us a while to settle on two house specialties, "BBQ Chicken" and "The Queen of Hearts," which included ricotta cheese and artichoke hearts.
While we were waiting for our creations to emerge from the oven, we chatted with Sinclair's owner Randy Brown. He told us that the building is still owned by the family that operated the gas station, but the Sinclair brand name has gone (at least in the Midwest) the way of the dinosaurs.
One slice of the "Queen of Hearts" was all it took for me to know why Sinclair's was voted "Best Pizza in Indianapolis" in a newspaper poll last year, and the "BBQ Chicken" was equally delicious. Next time you're anywhere near Indy, stop in and find out for yourself!
216 South 10th Street