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Places to go and places to eat?

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Abilene, Texas
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Places to go and places to eat?

Have friends heading to Indianapolis in a couple of weeks for Trade Show and looking for places to suggest. Husband and wife love antiques, going off the beaten path and love to try local foods. They will be staying in downtown near the convention center.

Appreciate any and all suggestions.

Bloomington, Indiana
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1. Re: Places to go and places to eat?

On my phone so not convenient to give specifics, but will try to do so later. Maybe Monday, but hope sooner.

Short answer, we'll come up with some ideas.


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2. Re: Places to go and places to eat?


A couple of Indy institutions:

St. Elmo Steakhouse - been around since about 1902 and is known for its wickedly hot shrimp cocktail sauce (about 80% freshly ground horseradish that will clear your sinuses in nanoseconds).


Bazbeaux Pizza - a "gourmet" pizza place that's a little eclectic.


Rathskeller - A German restaurant and biergarten.


Slippery Noodle Inn - known for its live Blues music; very informal.


There are tons of other restaurants in the downtown Indy area as well, many of them chain restaurants (e.g., Hardrock Cafe, Weber Grill, PF Chang's, Rock Bottom Brewery, etc.)

Here's the Indy CVB site:


Near the Convention Center is the White River State Park with the Indy Zoo, the NCAA Hall of Champions, an IMAX theater, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.


The Eiteljorg is, in my opinion, worth a visit to see their collection of Native American artifacts.


The Indianapolis Museum of Art is pretty impressive and, best of all, it's free.


The Broad Ripple part of town has a youthful vibe with lots of local bars and restaurants.


You could try your hand at duckpin bowling in Fountain Square:


Hope that helps your friends find something to see, do, and eat.

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3. Re: Places to go and places to eat?

As far as antiques go to Midland Antique Mall which is an old warehouse with 2-3 floors. It is downtown with free parking. Not sure of the exact address but it just on the eastside of interstate 65. Iknow Michigan Street borders it on the north side. I would also think your friends would enjoy the Mass Ave area. The might like wandering around in the State Capitol Building. The detail and workmanship on all the old marble, limestone, woodwork,paint is amazing,

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4. Re: Places to go and places to eat?

Check out websites for Weber Grill, Rock Bottom, RAM Restaurant, and Kilroy's, and Scotty's. All located in the downtown area. There is a variety of menu items, from burgers and chicken to other things as well. Menus should be on-line.

Bloomington, Indiana
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5. Re: Places to go and places to eat?

For places to eat you might want to check out Urbanspoon (my "go to" restaurant resource), Yelp (which some swear by, but I generally avoid), Chowhound, etc.

I know Indianapolis (and most of Indiana) has the critical mass necessary to make the Urbanspoon sort of crowd-sourced websties worthwhile. Here's a link to the Urbanspoon page for Indy:


This will allow you to filter based on budget, cuisine, location, etc. and to see reviews, rankings, "votes," etc.

Hope this helps,


Edited: 10:42 am, February 18, 2013
Abilene, Texas
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6. Re: Places to go and places to eat?

Thank you all for your input, I will relay the suggestions and hopefully they'll find somethings/places that will interest them.

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7. Re: Places to go and places to eat?

In no particular order and all within downtown or a short cab ride:


Shapiro's Deli

The Greek Islands


Cafe Patachou (brkfst/lunch)

St Elmo



Edited: 9:57 pm, February 22, 2013
Carmel, Indiana
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8. Re: Places to go and places to eat?

If you are going to rent a car, perhaps you might be interested in coming up to Carmel, walking on the Monon Trail; Main street has a variety of restaurants such as Bubba's Burgers(was visited by Guy Fieri of Diner's and Dives) right on the monon, Soho cafe and St. Tropez Cafe are also on the monon, among others. As well, as the new "The Palladium" which is the Arts center with wonderful concerts and plays. Very safe in this area of town, and there is an open mall, further north; Clay Terrace on the border of Carmel-Westfield area,.Ted Montana's, The Fish Market,and Cafe Patachou; this one is a local dining experience w/ith multiple locations. By the way, Carmel is considered the roundabout capital of the US, just thought i would throw that one in there, in case you decide to come up, just remember to yield incoming from left.

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