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St. Elmo Steak House :: Indianapolis

February 23, 2010 by  
Category: Nightlife & Dining

Offering great food and great service in the same location since 1902, the St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis, Indiana is an awesome way to entertain out of town guests, good friends, or that special date. “Naptowners” (colloquialism for Indianapolis natives) have been flocking here religiously for the fantastic atmosphere and delicious steaks since Joe Stahr first opened the doors to what was originally a small “Good Ol’Boys Club” kind of bar. It has since expanded considerably offering both a traditional dining experience along with several private dining options. Along with their hearty fare, St. Elmo’s also has a cellar with over 20,000 bottles of wine in hundreds of varieties, so you are sure to find the perfect paring for whatever you order off the menu. St. Elmo’s is also the place to see and be seen attracting myriad celebrity patrons from sports stars to rock legends. Thankfully, despite the impressive crowd and premium dishes, it’s not the least bit stuffy or pretentious. Sneakers and shorts are just as welcome as three piece suits; and all will be served with the same care and attention.

Although the menu is not extensive, it doesn’t need to be. The quality and taste of the items they do offer will keep you coming back for more. Obviously the St. Elmo Steak House is famous for their steaks. Our personal recommendation is the Bone In New York Strip. Perfectly aged, it is the best of all worlds combining a certain tenderness with a delectable flavor that is simply unmatched. A side order of the sautéed mushrooms and the asparagus with hollandaise sauce were great complement. If you’re not quite feeling like steak tonight but still want savory, the Indiana Amish Chicken is unbelievable. Juicy and flavorful it pairs up just right with their red skinned mashed potatoes and just a spoonful of the King Crab Mac n’ Cheese (the later is one side dish you’re going to want to split a few ways). There is also a fantastic seafood offering for those gastronomists who want something a little lighter but still delicious. When it comes to appetizers, there won’t be a lot of fighting. It’s either a yes or no to the St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail. We highly recommend yes! Their unique cocktail sauce (with plenty of horseradish) provides one heck of a kick and is certain to get your mouth watering and ready for the main course.

Desserts are variable according to season and the mood of the chef but guarantee a sweet and satisfying end to your meal…if you can fit it in. The smallest steak they offer is ten ounces; and with the plentiful side dishes, complimentary navy bean soup, and flowing drinks often the closest you get to dessert is the mention of it from the waiter. If you do happen to save room, their blueberry bread pudding is simply to die for. Prices are definitely higher than average, but well worth the outstanding service and high quality food. Your entire experience at St. Elmo Steak House will be a memorable one. From their authentic turn of the century décor, to the boisterous and friendly atmosphere, to the out of this world dining, St. Elmo’s is a crowd pleasing scrum-diddily-umpshious way to spend an evening.

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