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pacerfaninga
01-06-2009, 10:31 AM
So my Christmas present was tickets to the Pistons game on April the 11th and I couldn't be more excited. My first trip to Indy to see a Pacers game. I go every time they are here to play the Hawks and have always wanted to see a game in Indy. I'll be coming in on the 11th and leaving the 12th and was wondering if you guys could suggest where to go for some good food while I'm there. Thanks in advance and go Pacers.

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 10:42 AM
Buffalo Wild Wings - very close to the Fieldhouse, and inexpensive.

aero
01-06-2009, 11:08 AM
Old Spaghetti factory is pretty good too. Its located at 210 S Meridian St. Right down the street from the fieldhouse.

2minutes twowa
01-06-2009, 11:09 AM
http://www.indydt.com/

This link lists every possible dining and entertainment option downtown. The great thing about downtown Indy is that there are so many options within walking distance of Conseco. PF Changs, BW3, Buca Di Beppo and Hooters are a few of my favorites that are real close to the fieldhouse.

D23
01-06-2009, 11:14 AM
If you're talking about the Buffalo Wild Wings just Northwest of the fieldhouse (on Maryland street I think), it's no longer open. I was going to stop there to eat before the Hornets game on the 28th and it was no longer B-dubs, but rather T.J. Gumbo's or something like that. I went ahead in there because I was hungry, but as it turned out, they were going out of business that night as well, and were running out of pretty much everything :unimpress

Anyway, there are quite a few places near the fieldhouse that come to mind. When you say "good" places to eat, are you talking more about quick grub kind of food, or something more like a sit-down meal?

Dr. Goldfoot
01-06-2009, 11:19 AM
While BW's is a culinary treat I'd suggest you check out something unique to Indianapolis. Link (http://indianapolis.diningguide.com/dl1dt.htm)

Without knowing your age, group size or $$$$ situation it's hard to say.


Just looking for some quick inexpensive bar food? Pub Indianapolis (http://cityguide.aol.com/indianapolis/business/the-pub/v-288425/) is right across the street from Conseco.

Coaches Tavern (myspace.com/coachestavern)

The Slippery Noodle Inn (http://www.slipperynoodle.com/index2.cfm) Indy's Oldest Bar ( self proclaimed)

Something a little more upscale?
Dunaway's (http://www.dunaways.com/)

Indy's Oldest Restaurant The Rathskellar (http://www.rathskeller.com/)

St. Elmo's


Indy Downtown Dining Guide (http://www.indy.org/indianapolis/web/jsp/wheretoeat/results.jsp?c=indydiningguide:downtownmonumentcirc le&m=v&p=1&x=1231254983108)

Shade
01-06-2009, 11:23 AM
Steak 'N Shake is good, like a cross between fast food and a sit-down restaurant. And they don't have any in GA, IIRC.

And then there's White Castle... :devil:

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 11:27 AM
If you're talking about the Buffalo Wild Wings just Northwest of the fieldhouse (on Maryland street I think), it's no longer open. I was going to stop there to eat before the Hornets game on the 28th and it was no longer B-dubs, but rather T.J. Gumbo's or something like that. I went ahead in there because I was hungry, but as it turned out, they were going out of business that night as well, and were running out of pretty much everything :unimpress

Anyway, there are quite a few places near the fieldhouse that come to mind. When you say "good" places to eat, are you talking more about quick grub kind of food, or something more like a sit-down meal?
They re-opened a new one. It's on Maryland.

shags
01-06-2009, 11:32 AM
I'll actually be going to that game too. I usually try to go to the Ram downtown before the game. They have their own brewery and pretty good food too.

Dr. Goldfoot
01-06-2009, 11:33 AM
I'll actually be going to that game too. I usually try to go to the Ram downtown before the game. They have their own brewery and pretty good food too.

I'll second that.

pacerfaninga
01-06-2009, 11:45 AM
Lets see, I'm 33, there will be two people including myself. Sit down place would be great. Not looking for anything to expensive. Hoping for something not in my area. We have BWW's and Steak N Shake here. Hotel is right by the fieldhouse. Thanks for all the quick replies.

Roaming Gnome
01-06-2009, 11:53 AM
Shapiro's Delicatessen would be my suggestion even though it's about a 3 or 4 blocks south of the Fieldhouse. The suggestions of Dr. Goldfoot are all excellent. The Ram is one of my favorites.

Yes, please avoid the chain restaurants since this is your first time taking in the Fieldhouse.

travmil
01-06-2009, 12:03 PM
If you like Italian, there are three places pretty close but not walking distance. On College is The Milano Inn and Iaria's. On New York street is Amici's which is the best of the three but also farthest away. Now, Amici's is nothing to look at, it's basically in a converted house, but the food is completely excellent and the whole time you are there you keep expecting an old Italian woman to come out of the back and yell Italian cuss words at the waiter. All three are mom and pop shops that you will not find anywhere else. If you're budget is bigger you shouldn't pass on St. Elmo's.

count55
01-06-2009, 12:14 PM
Old Spaghetti factory is pretty good too. Its located at 210 S Meridian St. Right down the street from the fieldhouse.


If you like Italian, there are three places pretty close but not walking distance. On College is The Milano Inn and Iaria's. On New York street is Amici's which is the best of the three but also farthest away. Now, Amici's is nothing to look at, it's basically in a converted house, but the food is completely excellent and the whole time you are there you keep expecting an old Italian woman to come out of the back and yell Italian cuss words at the waiter. All three are mom and pop shops that you will not find anywhere else. If you're budget is bigger you shouldn't pass on St. Elmo's.

I haven't been to Amici's, but, while Milano's is good, I'd pick Iaria's over it. They're only about a block apart on College.

However, I'd stay away from the Old Spaghetti Factory. It has gone way downhill in both service and food, IMO.

BillS
01-06-2009, 12:25 PM
Shapiros. Definitely nothing like it in GA.

Some great Indian food a long walk north on Delaware at India Garden.

Just south of there is a Tapas place, I've never been there but heard it is good.

On Washington street is an upscale Mexican place called Adobo Grill - very good but a little pricy. It's a chain but in Chicago and Indy only.

Long walk south on East St. is the Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe - very good Turkish/Persian/Mediterranean food.

travmil
01-06-2009, 12:28 PM
On New Years Eve, we went to the Old Spaghetti factory before heading to the Fieldhouse for the hockey game (we had a blast). Without going into all the gory details, we were EXTREMELY disappointed in the Spaghetti Factory that day.

Oneal07
01-06-2009, 12:29 PM
NExt year I'll probably come down to Indy to see a game. It's about time I do that. I mean $5 tickets lol. Can't go wrong

travmil
01-06-2009, 12:34 PM
Adobo Grill is a bit too big for their britches. We had a large group and they wouldn't split our check. They were about to make $500 off of us and they wouldn't take the 30 seconds it would have taken to split it. It's very pricey, especially when compared to the numerous mexican places that serve similar dishes, and the service is a joke. The one in Castleton has already closed and changed to something else.

Trader Joe
01-06-2009, 01:13 PM
There is a new sit down place next to St. Elmo's that serves similar grub for a smaller price and less of a wait, it's called Harry and Izzy's. You can still get the Shrimp Cocktail and all that kind of stuff (It's owned by the same people), but most of the entrees are between 10-15 dollars I'd say based on the last time I was there.

RamBo_Lamar
01-06-2009, 03:32 PM
If you're looking for some great breakfast while in town, I can't think of any
better than Acapulco Joes on N. Illinois St.

Most people go there for the best biscuits & gravy in town, but personally I
think both the breakfast burrito and western omelette are even better if
ordered made with sausage, and with refried beans instead of potatos.

;)

croz24
01-06-2009, 04:20 PM
yea, i'm not exactly sure why people are recomending fast food joints or places you can find in nearly any city...shapiro's deli imo is your best bet.

Erik
01-06-2009, 04:45 PM
On New Years Eve, we went to the Old Spaghetti factory before heading to the Fieldhouse for the hockey game (we had a blast). Without going into all the gory details, we were EXTREMELY disappointed in the Spaghetti Factory that day.
OSF= Horrible. It has a nice atmosphere but that's about it. The only restaraunt I can recommend right now close to Conseco is Foga de Chao:hungry: Man, that place was good! But, if you're not wanting to spend $50 a head, and would rather try something local, hit Bazbeaux Pizza on Mass. Ave. http://www.bazbeaux.com/

Unclebuck
01-06-2009, 05:14 PM
I second Bazbeaux Pizza.

Stryder
01-06-2009, 08:34 PM
Fogo de Chao

Claddagh Irish Pub

Harry and Izzy's

St. Elmo's

indygeezer
01-06-2009, 11:01 PM
Lemme Second the Claddaugh Irish Pub

and for a hole-ina-wall sit down.......Greek Island is about 2 blocks south of Shapiros on Meridian Street...but the area may seem a bit seedy at night.

For really GOOOOOOOD finger foods its the Slippery Noodle Inn (Dis is It) for food and Blues music. Bldg and bar are on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks Thanks Hal's dad being so sharp and much to the chagrin of some movers and shakers that wanted to tear it down for a parking lot while building the Hoosier Dome.

Bball
01-07-2009, 04:03 AM
I think the Ram is the place I was trying to think of when I first saw this thread. I haven't been there in a while but liked it when I have went.

-Bball

RamBo_Lamar
01-07-2009, 11:32 AM
If you go to Fogo de Chao make sure to go at lunchtime - it is only $26.50 opposed to
$46.50 for dinner.