Indianapolis Magazine lists their 25 best restaurants every year. My wife and I live in Indy and have eaten at all of them, multiple times in most of them. We also use Tripadvisor a lot, so I'm trying to do a favor here to people visiting our city.
Recess is the best restaurant in the city. It's that simple. I've never talked to anyone who knew food who didn't think so.
Now, it is true that on any given night they just have one menu and you might catch a menu you don't care for. (They do sometimes have an alternate entree.) If you look at some of the less-good reviews here, you might see people who didn't like the menu that night.
The food is extremely high quality and excellently prepared. Four courses for $50, roughly, is a great deal. And they have a limited menu "diner" next door (Room 4).
There are 3 chefs in Indy who are regularly nominated for the James Beard Midwest award. Greg Hardesty at Recess is one of them. Interestingly, the other two are ranked #167 and #184 on TA . That would be Neal Brown at Libertine and Regina Mahallick at R Bistro. You should also eat at their restaurants.
The Top 20 on Tripadvisor starts with a donut store--and by the way, Longs has GREAT donuts, so people aren't lying. But then you see chains like Fogo and Capital Grille and Seasons 52--which are all good, but you can get that food anywhere.
There are some great restaurants on the Top 20 like Siam Square, Bluebeard, Oakleys, and St Elmo, the most famous restaurant in the city. Tamale Place and Patachou are also very good, but extremely casual. But for heaven's sake, people who like great food should go to Recess if they can.
Don't say someone didn't try to tell you.
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