127 S. Illinois St., Indianapolis
Everyone who’s anyone—athletes, actors, rock stars, politicians, IndyCar drivers, business moguls— scribbles a visit to century-old St. Elmo in on the itinerary when in Indy, with good reason.
VIBE: Old-school elegance with stiff cocktails, a stellar wine cellar, expertly cooked steaks and a tuxedoed waitstaff. If these celebrity photo-lined walls could talk…
WHAT TO ORDER: Steel yourself for the first bite of shrimp cocktail so spicy, it’s nearly combustible. No one’s looking if you need to use a napkin to wipe your watering eyes.
NOTED: The James Beard Foundation honored St. Elmo with an America’s Classic Award in 2012.