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Alright, so I will be attending my first Pacers game tomorrow night since we played Minnesota immediately after the brawl in 2004 (game actually took place on Nov. 26th, looked it up). Almost 5 years later, I'll finally be back in Indiana during a time in which a Pacers home game is taking place and I'll have time to go.
I haven't spent a lot of time downtown in the past few years (living hundreds of miles away will do that to you). What are the best places to grab a bite before the game. Any good Italian, maybe Mediterranean or Asian/Thai? Possibly a place slightly off the beaten path where there won't be a huge crowd or line to get in? Oh, and walking distance from CF, I don't want to have to park twice.
I've eaten at Harry & Izzie's right next to, and owned by the same people as, St. Elmo's. I liked it, but thought it was WAAAY overpriced for what it was. I've always heard that the shrimp cocktail is excellent at both of those places, and the sauce is like firewater. I think it contains about 10 super-jumbo shrimp and is about 15 bucks. Given that it will be a Wednesday evening, you shouldn't do too bad getting in anywhere downtown within a few blocks of Conseco.
Hard Rock is close, as is Jillian's, but those are standard continental fare...Jillian's is cool because it is a sports bar on the first floor, arcade on second, and bowling alley on third floor. Doesn't really apply if you're just looking to eat good and then get to the game.
Wish I had more insight in the categories you are looking for, but I don't. Not my kind of food, sorry! Circle Center Mall is close as well, and there might be some good stuff for ya there. I always like eating at Alcatraz Brewing Company. Love their stone oven pizzas and custom brews...I think there is a PF Chang's close to there also...If you want some kind of a diversion or experience you can't get anywhere, the Weber Grill restaurant is in the ground floor of the Embassy Suites on Illinois right at the Artsgarden structure and by across the street from the Conrad Hotel. Excellent steaks, sandwiches, and burgers, reasonable pricing. Across the street is a good family-style Italian place called Buca Di Bepo....
I would like to meet you as well, but won't be in town.