It may seem elementary to seek out good restaurants in downtown Indianapolis. But it can be hard to weed through all the offerings. Here are some of our favorites in the city center:
On the wall of fame, visitors can admire photographs of the luminaries that have broken bread in this stalwart of Indianapolis. St. Elmo Steakhouse has remained in this location since it opened in 1902 as a humble tavern with a simple buffet. As it grew over the years, it retained its turn-of-the-century charm, pairing its long, dark wood bar with modern add-ons such as an open kitchen and wine cellar. Servers and customers have remained loyal for decades, bonding over thick-cut steaks and the signature cocktail Elmo Cola, Coca-Cola infused with Maker’s Mark, Italian maraschino cherries and madagascar vanilla.
Diners can become overwhelmed by the menu of prime steak cuts, chops, and seafood. To ameliorate this, the Indianapolis staple offers prix fixe dinners before each Colts and Pacers game—and every Sunday. The menu for Sunday dinner includes the following:
Short for Massachusetts Avenue, this five-block stretch encompasses some of the city’s most hip and up-and-coming spots.
The namesake of this establishment, Mildred “Mimi” Bluestein Kosene was an Indy native and mother of three sons. Her culinary prowess inspired them to create this menu of comfort foods to share her love with her hometown. Here diners can choose from several iterations of her specialty meatballs, smothered in flavorful sauces:
The brightly lit eatery features high ceilings, crimson banquets, and walls lined in warm wood. With curved lines and warm colors, the restaurant is both modern and welcoming, a good compliment to a menu of house-crafted cocktails and inventive tacos. Here are a few things you must try while you’re here.