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I will be indy this weekend- I am looking for suggestions for good restaurants and for some good ideas of things to see in Indy on Saturday. Pleae help!

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    We love St Elmo's steak house in downtown Indy. They have a "world famous" shrimp cocktail that is fabulous and HOT! I'm not normally a meat eater, but this place is famous, the service great and has a lot of tradition.

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    I live close to Indy and spend time downtown. I think it has a lot to offer considering that, after all, you are in Indiana.

    Here is my list of restaurants for the downtown area. If any of them strike your fancy I can be more specific just ask.

    Non-chain within Walking Distance of Circle Centre Mall
    Malibu on Maryland – Maryland between Illinois & Meridian
    Eclectic, California cuisine.

    Majestic Oyster Bar & Grille – Maryland & Pennsylvania
    Emphasis on very good seafood.

    St. Elmo’s – Illinois between Georgia & Maryland
    Waiters in fancy tuxes, but food isn’t fancy: big chunks-o-beef. Knock-your-socks-off horseradish in the famous shrimp cocktail though.

    Ram Restaurant and Brewery – Illinois between Georgia & Maryland
    Good food, great beer.

    The Cozy – Pennsylvania between Washington & Market
    Upscale bar food & sandwiches. Live entertainment weekends.

    Thai Gardens – Meridian & Jackson

    Nicky Blain’s – Meridian & Washington
    Cigar/martini bar with decent appetizers & live music on weekends if you can stand the smoke.

    Non-chain Southeast or East of Circle Centre Mall about 1.5 Miles
    Dunaway’s Piazza Oxygene – corner of South & East Sts.
    Eclectic menu.

    Milano Inn – College between Washington & South
    Classic Indy Italian

    Iaria’s – College between Washington & South
    Another classic Indy Italian

    Amici’s – E. New York St.
    Great Italian in an old storefront in historic Lockerbie Square

    Bistro 936 – Virginia Ave.
    Italian bistro in up-n-coming Fountain Square

    Non-chain Mass. Ave. Northeast of Circle Centre Mall about 1.5 Miles
    Agio – Mass. Between North & Walnut
    Eclectic cuisine leaning towards Italian.

    R’s Bistro – Northeast end of Mass. Ave all the way up by the Interstate
    Eclectic cuisine, wine & beer license only.

    Rathskeller – Mass. & New Jersey
    Great German food. Usually music on the weekends.

    Bazbeau’s Pizza – Mass. Between Delaware & Alabama
    Best & most interesting thin crust pizzas in town. Try the artichoke hearts & sun dried tomatoes or the Greek.

    Non-chain South of Circle Centre Mall about 1.5 Miles
    Greek Islands – S. Meridian
    Family run Greek restaurant.

    Shapiro’s Delicatessen – S. Meridian
    Classic Indy deli. Sandwiches seem pricey but they’ll feed two or three.

    Chain within Walking Distance of Circle Centre Mall
    Palomino Euro Bistro – Illinois & Maryland
    PF Changs – Illinois & Washington
    Alcatraz Brewing –Illinois & Maryland
    Bertolinis – N. end ground floor Circle Centre Mall
    Ruth’s Chris – Illinois between Washington & Maryland
    Rock Bottom Brewery – Washington between Illinois & Meridian
    Morton’s of Chicago – Washington & Pennsylvania
    Buca de Beppo – Illinois between Washington & Market
    Mikado – Georgia & Illinois
    Claddagh Irish Pub – Jackson & Meridian
    Champps – Washington & Illinois
    Spaghetti Factory – Georgia & Meridian
    Johnny Rockets Hamburgers – 3rd floor N. end Circle Centre Mall
    Hard Rock Café – Maryland & Meridian
    Jillians – Georgia & Meridian
    Houlihans – Maryland & Illinois
    Steak-n-Shake – Maryland & Illinois

    Hotel Restaurants
    Restaurant in Hyatt – rooftop revolving
    Restaurant in Marriott
    Restaurant in Omni – Hot Tuna
    Restaurant in Canterbury - fabulous brunch served on lenox china.
    Restaurant in Westin – Shula’s
    Restaurant in Embassy Suites
    Restaurant in Adam’s Mark

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    For things to do downtown I have two ideas depending on the weather.

    If it's nice out, walk west past the Capitol building and find the canal just north of the government center. If the paddle boats are out, rent one and paddle about a bit. Walk north up the canal to see the USS Indianapolis memorial monument. The USS Indianapolis was the US Navy ship that was sunk after it had delivered one of the atomic bombs to the Asian WWII theater. The sailors couldn't radio for help and were stuck in the water overnight while the sharks circled around and picked many of them off. The �captain� in the movie �Jaws� hated sharks because he was an Indianapolis survivor.

    If the weather is not nice hit one of the nearby museums. Monument Circle with a small Civil War museum in the bottom. I like to ride the elevator to the top for the view then walk down. The NCAA hall of fame, the new Indiana State museum and the Eiteljorg museum of southwest art are all 4 blocks west of Circle Centre mall. About 4 blocks north of the mall are the WWII Memorial and the Scottish Rite Cathedral. If you're interested in Gothic architecture call ahead to the Scottish Rite and see if you can get a tour. It has stunning stone work, stained glass and wood work inside.

    In the southeast corner of Meridian and Washington ( across from the Parisian department store) is a Borders bookstore with a Starbucks inside. It was the old Merchants Bank building and you get your coffee handed to you through an old teller's window of marble and brass. It's pretty to see.

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