Drive down Meridian Ave. in...
Drive down Meridian Ave. in downtown Indy. There are some huge monuments built right on this road, including one at Circle Center... center of the city and very near the capitol building. Here there's a huge roundabout with shops all around the cobblestone center of the city. There's even a huge mall (Circle Center Mall) enveloping it. There are several dining options around here as well, and I at least reccommend driving down here to see this.
One of the earliest federally-funded housing projects in the country. Lockfield Gardens was completed in 1936, with 748 apartments on 24 acres of land. For decades it was the center of black life in Indianapolis, and a model of how well public housing could work. After falling into degredation in the 1950s and '60s, the project was closed, a federal judging siting that they fostered segregation. Only a third of the buildings remain today, most were leveled in the 1980s to allow room for the expansion of the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis campus. After being remodeled into luxury condos, the apartments now mainly serve as student housing.
Steakhouse in Indy
St. Elmo's is the who's who of Indianapolis dinning, and perhaps Midwest Steakhouses. Founded in the dawn of the 20th century, St. Elmo's has been traditionally known for its classic service, dining experience and exemplarily foods as for its sometimes posh/celeb clientele. The famous faces you will sometimes see frequenting the tables of this mahogany wooded establishment are only rivaled by the well-known sole appetizer, the shrimp cocktail. And while these four pieces of seafood covered in a spicy horseradish are indeed an important aspect of any St. Elmo's experience, its the cuts of meat that make the hot-spot Indianapolis' best steakhouse and restaurant.
Reservations are strongly recommended for this store on Illinois and Georgia. So to is an outfit slightly better than business casual. But don't be alarmed by any stuffiness, there is very little, these unwritten rules provide ample ability for the most elegant and rewarding dining this side of Chicago. The aforementioned shrimp cocktail is an essential part of any meal at St. Elmo's, but no visitor comes just for the aperitif. As I am not as interested in steakhouses as I am more European restaurants I tend to lean more for the smaller cuts, and the New York Strip of 16oz. is my favorite. They also offer glorious cuts of prime rib, filet mignon, porterhouse and rib eye, all of which have been greeted with moans of joy from my dining partners.
St. Elmo's also has a wine menu unequaled in Indianapolis. Touting over 20,000 domestic and international bottles, anyone can find something to treat their tastes or wallets. While some may choose the more conservative route of the Chateau Souvrain, Alexander Valley at $38, more heavy-walleted guests may pursue the Pauillac, Chateau Lafite Rothschild closing at $8,500. The waiters are practically bon vivants in their knowledge of the store's wines, and would gladly help in the guests’ choice.
Indiana War Memorial Museum
Even if you're not interest in the military history of the nation from it's founding to the present, you have to go inside this museum. It's the huge stone tower in the park, on Michigan Ave. You feel as if you're walking into a military bunker from WWI (1913-1918) or WWI (1939-1946). Solid stone, many feet thick surround you in an eerie silence. The halls are silent as there are few visitors. The cool air seeps into your clothes. Try it in August, it's quite refreshing.
Once in side, the galleries run around the building with mementos, artifacts and stories of the men and women who have served in all the wars this nations been in. You'll not find the large guns or aircraft as they don't fit into the building, but you'll find many other interesting things.
National Park Serivce War Memorial Plaza National Historic Register Site
Indianapolis Indians baseball...
Indianapolis Indians baseball game at Victory Field.
Victory Field was voted as the best ballpark in minor leage baseball a couple years back, and for a reason. It's a BEAUTIFUL place to see a baseball game, with the winds obstructed and a great view of the skyline of Indianapolis. The field is built in a retro style and pulls it off beautifully.