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Feb 6, 2008 08:18 AM

suggestions for indianapolis

My boss is going to Indy next week and she asked me for suggestions.
She'll be staying by the airport but will have access to a rental car.

Anyone? Anyone?

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  1. She'll need the rental car; most of the better restaurants are downtown and in several neighborhoods on the north side, with few (if any) in the vicinity of the airport.

    You can find a discussion of the best restaurants in Indianapolis, including reports on some of the meals I have had there, in the topic at The very best dinner I have had in Indiana in my many frequent visits was this past fall at Oakley's Bistro, which is in a strip mall on the north side. I also like two places around the corner from each other in downtown Indy, 14 West ( ) and the Oceanaire ( ). Both are on the same block as the Circle Center (a major indoor mall), but entrances to both are on the street, not from the mall. You'll find inexpensive parking (I think it's $1.50 for up to three hours) in the underground garage for the Circle Center; the entrance is on the left on Maryland Street, right before you would pass 14 West.

    I don't know of where you would find the best croissant in Indy, to add to your previous research in Chicago. ;)

    1. Find the best croissants in Indianapolis at Rene's Call 251-2253 for directions, and they're closed Monday and Tuesday

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      1. re: ryan_schloffel

        Rene's for croissants definitely. You will need a car to access worthwhile food. Elements and R Bistro have SMALL, seasonal menus changing weekly to assure freshness and quality. Taste Cafe for brunch. Mama's Korean House on Pendleton Pike. Yats for a cheap and tasty lunch. Red Key Tavern for a burger, cocktail and atmosphere. Sakura for Japanese. Saigon for Vietamese. Broad Ripple Brewpub or Brugge for English ales or Belgian Beer. Giorgio's for New York style Pizza. The Goose Market for sandwiches. Swaswadee for Thai. Chen Yang for Chinese. La Parada for Mexican. Aesop's Tables, Luxor or the Bosphorous for Eastern Med.
        And if you want something outside of Indy, a drive to Bloomington is easy access from the airport on highway 37. Restaurant Tallent is great along with many others. Also Bonge's Tavern in Perkinsville would be a hike but worth the trip if you're with a larger group, although not if it's yourself. Enjoy your stay!

        1. re: napolean

          If you make it all the way up to Broad Ripple for croissants at Rene's, then please pop across the street and go to L'Explorateur!

          Otherwise, I second the Elements and R Bistro recs for downtown.
          Oakley's Bistro - though I haven't been there since Lisa (favorite waitress) left.

          For an amazing steak, seafood, dessert and service - try Peterson's in Fishers. Worth the drive.

          Also worth the drive, as previously mentioned, Restaurant Tallent in Bloomington.

          1. re: Cookiefiend

            >> For an amazing steak, seafood, dessert and service - try Peterson's in Fishers.

            This is the first time I've heard of Peterson's, but wow, the menu on their website at sure sounds great. Gotta add that one to my list of places to try next time I'm in town (along with Elements and R Bistro).

            eddie (OP) - Fishers is an Indy suburb but it's northeast of town, the opposite side of town from the airport.

            1. re: nsxtasy

              ohmigosh! I was sure you had been there!

              When you go, ask for Brad and tell him Joe and Dawn sent you.

              It's our go-to restaurant and truly my favorite. We're always treated so well by everyone there. Tell Karl (the chef) we said "Hey!"

              1. re: Cookiefiend

                Just FYI, Karl is no longer the chef at Petersons. I haven't been since he left, has anyone?

                1. re: myplateoryours

                  We were in on Feb 13th and spoke to Karl that night... we knew he was leaving - just not exactly when. :-(

                  But I think Jeff will do a great job in Karl's place.

                  1. re: Cookiefiend

                    I hear Peterson's will forgoe the in house dessert making and are getting rid of their pastry chef. Let me know if you can tell a difference in food quality in a month or so. Don't think I'll be spending my time there based on all of the changes being made...simply to save money.

                    1. re: napolean

                      Peterson's is getting rid of Joseph?!
                      After all the attention he's gotten in the local press?
                      I'm gonna miss the cookies.

                      I let you know how it goes the next time we're there.

                      Joseph's leaving too... that's a bummer.

            2. re: Cookiefiend

              are you talking about Lisa McGuire? She still works at Oakleys.....

              1. re: ryan_schloffel

                I didn't know her last name - I hesitate to give any descriptions, like she's short because I'm so tall it skews my impressions - but she had marvelous glasses.

                The last time we were in, and that was quite a while ago, she wasn't there any longer. That time and another afterward, service wasn't what we were used to with Lisa and so we haven't returned since. If she's back again - we'll try again.

                I hope it's the same Lisa!

                1. re: Cookiefiend

                  I'm almost certain she is the one you are talking about, and yes, she still works there....