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    Default Best places to eat before a Pacers game?

    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.
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    We usually eat afterwards, but heck. It's a "school night".

    BW3's is the common spot, right off Washington St in the Barnes and Thornburg building, less that a hop, skip and a jump from the Fieldhouse.

    Regardless, I'd like to meet you in person. Some of us fellow members congregate on top of the grand staircase right after the game. You are more than welcome to join us.

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    Anyone ever eat at St. Elmo in Indy? I've seen it being filmed a few times on FSIndiana and a few times when I've been to Indy.

    It's expensive.

    I'm coming in the beginning of 2010 so I'm thinking about trying it.
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    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.



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    Siam Square is a great Thai place - really, really good.

    If you want good pizza, go to Bazbeaux on Mass ave.


    those are my two recommendations, unless you are looking for something really nice


    I am not a fan of Buca Di Bepo, the only Italian places I like less are Olive Garden and Spaghetti Factory
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    Yeah any time Italian is brought up, I say the same thing. There are just WAY too many high quality Italian joints within a stone's throw of downtown to waste your money at Puca Di Beppo.

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    What some good pizzerias around that people recommend that's not overpriced?

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    What some good pizzerias around that people recommend that's not overpriced?
    It's not within Downtown, but you have to eat at Pizza King. YOU HAVE TO.

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    It's not within Downtown, but you have to eat at Pizza King. YOU HAVE TO.
    That's what I've had in mind. It's one of my goals when I'm there.

    Are there any in North Bloomington? I'll probably be down there for some days just looking around.

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    What some good pizzerias around that people recommend that's not overpriced?
    Do you think Bazbeaux is over priced?

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    That's what I've had in mind. It's one of my goals when I'm there.

    Are there any in North Bloomington? I'll probably be down there for some days just looking around.
    Look and you shall find.

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    I'll worry more about places to eat at and any other questions I may have when the time rolls around.

    Thanks all.

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    I'll worry more about places to eat at and any other questions I may have when the time rolls around.

    Thanks all.
    You'll find something good. Trust me. The cool place about Indiana is that we have a plethora of different places to eat. All kinds of food, man.

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    A PB&J in the bushes outside MagicRat's house is my normal pre-game meal.

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    Hey Btown.

    Long time so see sir.

    Any chance you will be stopping by Washington DC to see me tomorrow? (Ill be in the usual spot )

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

    And good meeting you in person Duke- most likely I'll be around again in December and let you know.

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    Where did you wind up eating?

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