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$25 for $50 Worth of Upscale Cuisine
Inside the main dining room, the menu offers grilled filet mignon ($44), wild Gulf Coast shrimp ($39), and veal piccata ($35).
The Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens
An independently owned restaurant that has been building its open-establishment reputation for four decades, The Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens has cemented its status as Indiana's destination restaurant. For more than 25 years, it has received the AAA Four Diamond Award (one of only four Midwestern restaurants to accomplish this). And for the past 30 years, Wine Spectator has praised its cellar, most recently with a Best of Award of Excellence in 2015—particularly for its California and Bordeaux varietals.
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 dishes and cocktails, which might include caramelized apple crepe with crème fraîche, grilled sirloin steak with horseradish-cream sauce, or eggs benedict with pancetta, asparagus, and basil hollandaise. The restaurant also hosts a gourmet selection of breakfast, lunch, and delectable European-style pastries.
The impeccable presentation doesn't stop at the dinner plate's edge. It encompasses the hand-hewn walnut beams (unchanged since The Carriage House was first built as a church in 1851) in the main dining room, where live classical guitar can be heard ruminating in the air and a showcase of Indiana Hoosier Salon paintings dating from the early 20th century can be appreciated.