I kept hearing how great El Rodeo's food is, in fact it was nominated as one of Indianapolis' best Mexican restaurants by AOL city guide, so I thought I'd try it. The ambience was nice, except for the uncomfortable wicker chairs, but my server was speedy and served a knock your socks off strong margarita so I was pretty impressed. Everyone shared a chicken nachos appetizer which was smothered in that delicious white queso and then I had a chicken taco salad, which was absolutely HUGE! Everything tasted great and I thought everyone was right about how great the food was but.....
A few hours later I started experiencing nausea....I went to bed......a few hours later I woke up violently ill....I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO SICK IN MY LIFE....I stood crouched over the toilet for 11 miserable hours until my body had forced every bit of liquid from my body....I have no doubt that it was food poisoning and I highly advise thinking twice before eating here....I wouldn't even wish this on my worst enemy....
Favorite Dish: I WON'T EVER EAT HERE AGAIN!!!!
Matteo's is a great escape from the hustle of the city. The ristorante is located in the heart of downtown Noblesville amongst many trendy shops and cafes that surround the stunning Hamilton County Courthouse. Enter into Matteo's and the charm doesn't stop the walls are painted a comforting shade of pumpkin and classic Dean Martin music creates a warm and sophisticated feel. The outstanding food and glasses of Chianti filled to the brim make the experience one you'll wish to relive time and time again. The highlight of the perfect dining experience? Bananas Foster prepared tableside by a true New Orleans chef...Fantastico!
My boyfriend & I enjoyed the following:
Bread & Infused Olive Oil--Delicioso!
Bottle of Unfiltered Tuscan Wine (Not sure what kind)
Waiter recommended an unfiltered Tuscan wine...it was a little too robust for such a meal with the heavy peppery taste seeming to overpower our food...stick to the Chianti!
Tagliatella Alla Tarantella-$13.95
Fettuccine pasta cooked with homemade chicken sausage, garlic, fresh asparagus, sun dried tomatoes and a white wine cream sauce. Delicious flavor!
I had something similar to Fruit de La Mer or Seafood Bouillabaisse that was a house special
Mussels, Sauteed Calamari, & Gulf Shrimp set over a bed of spaghetti with a tomato broth, needed some extra spice...wish I had opted for the infamous lasagna.
Not on the menu, but ALWAYS available and definitely the best dessert option if only for the presentation, but the taste is incredible! Prepared tableside by a true New Orleans chef.
Overall the ambience, reasonably priced food, and great dessert won me over! I'll be back to try the infamous lasagna.
Many times we have eaten at Teibel's Restaurant in Schererville, Indiana. We have never been disappointed with the service or with the quality of the food.
Teibel's is a family-owned restaurant that has been around for many years. Allan and I have eaten here as far back as the early 1960's!
Teibel's is famous for fried chicken, frog legs, and Lake perch. It's interesting to note that we have watched the prices go up-up-up as the years have passed.
This is a favorite restaurant for birthdays, wedding and baby showers, and retirement parties.
Allan and I usually go with Allan's sister and brother-in-law, Jayne and Ron Glass who live in Schereville.
The dinners come with tomato juice or soup, tossed salad or relishes (cottage cheese, cole slaw, and pickled beets), choice of (baked potato, French fries, rice pilaf, mashed potato, or boiled potatoes in butter and parsley), rolls with butter, and choice of ice cream (peppermint, chocolate, butter pecan, or sherbert).
This is a huge restaurant with several different rooms, and it is famous for its elaborate Christmas decorations.
Favorite Dish: I always order the same thing because it is so delicious. I order Lake Perch (boned and in butter), vegetable of the day, tomato juice, tossed salad, and peppermint ice cream.
Allan sometimes orders 1/2 perch and 1/2 baby frog legs. The last time that we were there, he had frog legs, but was not thrilled with them; thus, he plans to stick with the delicious Lake Perch!
If you ever find yourself near U.S. 30 & 41 in Schereville, Indiana, by all means stop in to eat at Teibel's.
The second photo is a scanning of Teibel's business card with a full picture of the restaurant.
The goal of Claddagh Irish Pub is to create the atmosphere of an authentic Irish pub by offering traditional Irish dishes, as well as pub sandwiches, salads, breakfasts, and desserts. Of course, a wide array of beverages, including the most well-known drink of Ireland, Guinness Stout, is also available and makes Claddagh Irish Pub a popular night spot. The one in Indianapolis is but one of a chain of these pubs located not only in Indiana, but also Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The first Indianapolis Virtual Tourist meeting was held at Claddagh Irish Pub on December 2, 2005. Only three Virtual Tourist members showed up, including myself, but we still had a good time and enjoyed the pub's food and drinks.
St. Elmo Steak House has been a landmark in downtown Indianapolis since 1902. It is the oldest Indianapolis steakhouse in its original location, and has earned a national reputation for its excellent steaks, seafood, chops and professional service.
Founded by Joe Stahr, the restaurant was named after the patron saint of sailors, St. Elmo. Starting out with a beautiful tiger-oak back-bar purchased in Chicago, the restaurant was simply a small tavern with a basic menu. Through the years, its classic turn-of-the-century Chicago saloon decor has changed very little, beyond the inevitable expansions.
The restaurant is famous for it's super spicy shrimp cocktail known as St. Elmo's Fire and of course its cooked to perfection steaks. The atmosphere is inviting if you are a tycoon and appreciate ultra formal waiters who border on the stuffy side. The Chicago style atmosphere means foregoing privacy for an open room noisy feel, which you'll either love or hate.
Favorite Dish: St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail---$12.95
There is a reason everyone raves about this...it is a one of a kind experience you
A glorified bag of Dole Salad dumped on a plate with a few tomato
10 oz. Filet Mignon---$34.95
Cooked to perfection and without all the buttery taste of its neighbor Ruth's
Chris the steak here was really tender and juicy.
Skip this the only thing worth the price on the menu was the steak & shrimp
Dinner is served with Navy Bean Soup (great) and Mashed Potatoes (unremarkable) and a bread basket that leaves a lot to be desired.
Opened by Louis and Rebecca Shapiro in 1905 as a small grocery store, Shapiro’s became a restaurant in the 1930s. Today it is a full-service kosher-style deli where you can buy smoked fish and cold cuts by the pound; and it is also a huge cafeteria serving three meals a day.
A chain restaurant with an original feel, this long time Indianapolis steakhouse now has two locations in the city. Using only the finest aged USDA prime beef, Ruth's Chris serves up more than a half-dozen sizzling steaks that are big enough to share. The appetizers will please seafood fans, while soups and salads dominate the rest of the starter menu. There are few choices for the diner that may be watching their waistline. The petite filet topped with jumbo gulf shrimp may be your best bet if you're counting calories. The steak and lobster combination is one of the more popular entrees. The combo lets you pair any steak with an Australian lobster tail or whole fresh Maine lobster. The small selection of wine is the only true indication that you're in a chain restaurant. All entrees are served with your choice of fresh vegetables and a multitude of potatoes including baked, au gratin, julienne and shoestring
A smaller version of the filet, this succulent cut comes out sizzling, my only
complaint is the steak is doused in butter, but overall excellent!
Just what the name says.
Creole custard topped with fresh berries and mint.
Rock Bottom is first and foremost a chain brewery that accomodates hundreds of diners on two levels keeping them entertained with video games, pool, or sports on the big screen. The food here is somewhat eclectic although uninspiring and somewhat bland and definitely not worth the price. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant at all. It is the same as the RAM Brewery, just a different name and location.
Favorite Dish: Been here a few times (not by choice) and tried:
Tuscan Smoked Chicken Salad--
An combination of chicken, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, and greens with
apples, walnuts and an overpowering amount of Gorgonzola. It really had a bad taste!
Pacific Coast Shrimp Salad---
Another crazy combo of shrimp, greens, avocado, berries, asparagus,
hearts of palm, dried apricots, roma tomatoes, and walnuts. Interesting, but once
again not good!
Given its coveted Circle Centre location and close proximity to the State House, Palomino's swanky downtown digs are often filled with Indy's titans of business and government. These daily lunchtime wheelings and dealings over rigatoni Bolognese give way to elegant, quiet, romantic evenings and weekends. Palomino's power-red interior, which works so well for those home court business lunches, is muted come evening, as softer light radiates from the hand-blown glass light fixtures. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls afford excellent street vistas in both the bar and dining areas and provide a wonderful view of horse-driven carriages clopping by amongst the hustle of the city. The bar also is a room with a view and a good place to have dinner when the dining room is full. A chopped tomato, feta cheese and kalamata olive relish delivered with the basket of crusty bread complements dishes that offer a contemporary slant on Italian, Mediterranean and American Northwest cuisines. This is one of the best chains in downtown Indy.
Favorite Dish: A perfect date spot! I've always gone with one of the daily specials, but the place is notorious for rigatoni bolognese, spit fire roasted chicken, and great seafood and steaks!
The Old Spaghetti Factory is a popular chain Italian restaurant that kids tend to love. The food is mediocre at best, but if you're dining with children then this is a great place to go. Whimsical antiques and decorative items--velvet armchairs, vintage-looking fringed lamps and booths made from iron bedsteads--fill the dining room. The OSF Classics menu offers spaghetti with a choice of mushroom sauce, rich meat sauce, browned butter and feta-like mizithra cheese sauce, and more. Other popular favorites are the baked lasagna--layers of noodles, tomato sauce and four kinds of cheese--and the fettuccine Alfredo. Meals include a green salad, fresh-baked bread and ice cream.
Italian Cream Soda--$3.59
Kids love these!
Garlic Cheese Bread-$3.99
Excellent blend of 3 cheeses!
Baked Chicken Greek Style--$10.65
Pretty good overall, but nothing worth writing home about.
cCormick & Schmick's is a decent newcomer to the Indy seafood scene. I personally prefer the nearby Oceanaire, but this place is runner up for the freshest fish downtown. The fish is flown in fresh daily and they offer 30 varieties each day depending on what is caught. The decor is perfect for entertaining business associates and the dark wood and original artwork make this a place to see and be seen. The food itself is pretty good for a chain, but somehow lacks that wow factor that would elevate it to my must return soon list
Favorite Dish: I tried the
Tortilla Crusted Red Snapper
Decent, but nothing to die for!
Upside Down Apple Pie
Apple Pie a la Mode. Yumm!
The L.S. Ayres Tea Room served soup, salad, and sandwiches to white gloved ladies for 85 years before the company's flagship store closed downtown in 1990. In 2002, the Indiana State Musuem reproduced the carpet and chandeliers and reopened the tearoom to an eager crowd. The formal decor, but laid back menu allows the business casual crowd to blend in with ease. Kids particularly enjoy this place with its toy chest where kids can take home a toy, fun menu items like chicken pot pies served in ceramic chickens, and upside down clown ice cream cones. Adults tend to enjoy the authentic atmosphere and infamous chicken velvet soup.
Favorite Dish: I'm a kid at heart and love the Upside Down Clown Sundae. Fun, cute, creative.
When Pete & Antonia Iaria moved to Indy in 1913, Italian immigrant families dominated the neighborhoods just south of downtown. The couple opened Iaria's in 1933 and the family has operated the restaurant for 3 generations whipping up the same memorable recipes that made it such a hit so many years ago. The unassuming cinder block exterior hides the kind of neighborhood Italian eatery that so many chains try and fail to replicate. The food is classic Italian---chicken or veal marsala, breaded calamari, pastas, and to die for homemade meatballs! Iaria's has a cult following all around Indy and is a popular place for visiting stars to drop in---just look at all the autographed pictures lining the walls in the bar.Also this restaurant was featured on the Food Network's Best of Family Restaurants show---just try it and you'll know why!
Favorite Dish: I always order the same thing:
Spaghetti Bolognese Dinner with Homemade Meatballs-($13.99)
I'm not a huge spaghetti fan, but this is to die for! YUMM!
Hoaglin To Go offers innovative breakfasts and healthy, well portioned lunches in a chic storefront cafe. The restaurant is bright and colorful and quite conscience of its trendiness. It also boasts a small marketplace where you can grab lunch to inspire office envy or better yet stock up for that gourmet picnic you've been planning.
Favorite Dish: Stopped in for lunch one sunny afternoon and tried the Grilled Chicken Salad--
They have 3 varieties and I tried them all, but wasn't all too impressed with any one of them.
I really wanted to like Hoaglin To Go and am willing to give it a second chance, because I've heard the breakfast is sumptuous. So until round 2 I'll reserve judgment.
Another chain by fame existence restaurant where I would only recommend a visit if you are in the market for one of those silly "Hard Rock Cafe---(Insert Destination Here)" t-shirts. The rock themed memorabilia is fun for kids, but I would highly recommend checking out some of the other exciting dining options in town.
Favorite Dish: I've been to the Hard Rock in Vegas and had the Veggie Burger--pretty generic burger with little inspiration.
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