Where to Get a Great Steak in Indy

So I may have returned to Germany but I do have some good posts for when any of you visit Indianapolis (or for those of you already living there).

While I was there, Dad and I took Mom to the Nation’s 4th ranked steakhouse – St. Elmo’s


Located in downtown Indianapolis just south of Monument Circle on Illinois St., this restaurant has been on the Indy repertoire for food since 1902. The founder, Joe Stahr, named his tavern after the patron saint of sailors – St. Elmo.  Honestly, this place has ruined me for steaks for the rest of my life.  It was my third time eating at this establishment and each time I fall in love with it more and more.

What’s so great about it?

The restaurant has a simple menu consisting of steak, chicken, and yummy seafood.

Mom had the King Crab and Shrimp Linguine
Mom had the King Crab and Shrimp Linguine
I had an 8 oz Filet Mignon
I had an 8 oz Filet Mignon

The steak LITERALLY melts in your mouth.  They are all about no frills, depending on the quality of the steak to do all the work.

Oh, but before you order anything, you must try their world famous Shrimp Cocktail:


What’s so famous about it? It’s just shrimp and cocktail sauce, right? WRONG! They put fresh horseradish in the sauce.  Take caution because you will not taste the spice at first.  When you do, it’ll be too late as the the fire reaches up your nose and tickles your brain.  Literally.


You will notice rather quickly that everyone and their mother orders the shrimp cocktail (side note: once you have cleaned your sinuses with the shrimp, take the leftover cocktail sauce and mix it with the red-skinned mashed potatoes – tis glorious!)

This restaurant was created as more of a “boy’s club” feel and it is obvious by the “old school” feel

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So if you find yourself in Indy, you should make a reservation and try this place.  You won’t regret it.

Bonus Side Note:

Before going to St. Elmo’s for some delectable steaks – go to the Eagle’s Nest above the Hyatt for drinks and a gorgeous view of the city.

This tradition was started a few year’s ago when my Goddaughter turned 15.  Some friends and I took her there as part of a “Gift of Experience” for her birthday (this had included a hotel stay, room service, and dinner/virgin drinks at St. Elmo’s/Eagle’s Nest).

Oh yeah, and I took Thorsten to both these places when he first visited Indiana


Anyway, hopefully some of you will see Indy one day and when you do, check these places out!

Bis Mittwoch!


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