Some of the best meals can be found off the beaten path, whether you're trying an out-of-the-way restaurant or stopping for a picnic in a lofty alpine grove. Discover adventure-worthy cuisine with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $50 for $100 worth of upscale cuisine for five or more
- $25 for $50 worth of upscale cuisine
For both options, each diner must order one main course entree. The menu features grilled filet mignon ($44), wild Gulf Coast shrimp ($35), and veal piccata ($35).
The Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens
An independently owned restaurant that has been building its open-establishment reputation for nearly four decades, The Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens has cemented its status as Indiana's destination restaurant. For 24 years, it has received the AAA Four Diamond Award (one of only four Midwestern restaurants to accomplish this). And for the past 28 years, Wine Spectator has praised its cellar, most recently with a Best of Award of Excellence in 2013.
These achievements would be impressive on the strength of a single menu, but The Carriage House changes up its board of fare every season. Prepared in traditional French style—in accordance with the vision of the restaurant's founder, Indiana Restaurant Association Hall-of-Famer Evelyn C. George—each dish is made fresh from gourmet ingredients. These selections infuse the evening's dishes and cocktails, which might include all-natural beef-tenderloin medallions sautéed with shallots, parsley, and cognac or a holiday dessert of poached-plum bread pudding garnished with spun sugar.
The impeccable presentation doesn't stop at the dinner plate's edge. It encompasses the main dining room's hand-hewn walnut beams (unchanged since The Carriage House was first built as a church in 1851) and its showcase of Indiana Hoosier Salon paintings dating from the early 20th century. No matter the season, sommelier Judith Coté (Evelyn's daughter) can recommend a wine for any occasion thanks to her years of study with the Court of Master Sommeliers.