St. Elmo’s Steakhouse

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St. Elmos Steak House

St. Elmos Steak House

My final night in Indianapolis and it had to be the best for last.  Leading up to this night, I had done some brief research on great Indy food spots, but it turns out my visit coincided with a food legend that did all the work for me.  Alton Brown had sent out a tweet the night before on where to go eat dinner in Indianapolis.  Over the half the responses instructed him to go to St. Elmo’s for the shrimp cocktail.  The majority rules.  I paid a visit as well!

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St. Elmo’s has been around for over a hundred years.  When we first stepped into the restaurant, we were concerned if we were going to find a seat or not based on the first dining room.  Turns out St. Elmo’s actually has 8 different dining rooms over multiple floors.  If you like history, then this is the right place.  Some places have a few pictures of famous patrons, but this place has enough to fill an entire gallery.  That mixed in with some very swanky and historic Indy art work and decor, this place has a way cool vibe.  I felt like either royalty or a millionaire eating here.  Our waiter was awesome too.  He was a bald, larger gentleman with a bow-tie in a tuxedo.  He reminded me of a mix between Mr. Clean and Daddy Warbucks.  The service was beyond spectacular.

So as you may have guessed, we went with the famous shrimp cocktail.  Our waiter explained that St. Elmo’s actually sells more shrimp at their restaurant than any other in the United States.  On a slow day, they go through over 440 of the large jumbo shrimp that makes up the dish.  You can get the base 4 shrimp cocktail, or you can add a few more for uneven tables like we did.

Now before I describe to you the shrimp cocktail experience, go ahead and spend 2 minutes watching this video

You may ask what the Emperor’s death scene from Return of the Jedi has to do with the shrimp cocktail?  The answer is that St. Elmo’s has a famous sauce with fresh horseradish.  It’s a different type of spicy than what you get from Thai or Mexican food.  It won’t burn your tongue off like a hot pepper will.  But belief me, you take a big bite, you are in for a little surprise.  You know in the scene you just watched, as Darth Vader throws the Emperor down that shaft?  That’s the exact moment you take your first bite.  Then after falling for a while, the emperor explodes releasing all this dark force energy blasting through the shaft.  That is exactly what is going to happen to your sinuses.  It is the most delicious shock wave that you will ever experience.  We enjoyed watching other table’s sample their shrimp cocktails throughout the night, especially the elderly Asian gentleman sitting next to us.  He buried his face in his two hands and didn’t come up for air for several minutes.

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

And there it is!  Come to Indy, you come to St. Elmo’s.  This is how you do Indianapolis right!  So what else do they have?

Bread Loaf with onion?

Bread Loaf with onion?

I don’t know what this was called but it was part of the bread basket.  They had parmesan baked chips, and these things.  They give you a cup of peppered butter to spread on it, and it was pretty awesome.  If you gobble it down too fast, don’t worry, they will bring you more!

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 A few other menu curiosities that I found interesting were the navy bean soup and tomato juice.  I love going to places and looking for unique food items to eat.  Things like tomato juice and navy bean soup don’t make their way on menus of steak houses of this caliber, so when you see them, out of curiosity alone, you feel obligated to order them.  Both were delightful!

Ribeye

Ribeye

So this is a steakhouse, and they do steaks.  I’ll put this very safely in my top 10 list of favorite steaks of all time.  Just making that first cut with the knife, and sticking my fork in the meat, I could just tell it was going to be a special experience.  Our waiter explained that the steaks are dry and wet aged for over 60 days.  I’m no expert in cooking steak, and if I didn’t know any better, that would alarm me, but trust me.  That fork was one happy fork being thrust into that delicious piece of meat.  There were several times during my dinner, but stomach was begging me to stop eating, but my mouth and other senses told me just to keep going.  It was a long walk back to the hotel, as most of my bodies energy was diverted for digestion.  Everything else was life support.

Crab Mac and Cheese

Crab Mac and Cheese

Was I really expected to see something like crab mac and cheese on the menu and not order?  Ain’t going to happen!  I don’t know the exact name of this pasta, as it wasn’t a true macaroni, I will have to do some research, because the pasta was perfect!  Delicious crab and tremendous cheese sauce.  I only made it through half the plate, and that was sharing with the other two members of my group.  The rest of it I warmed up in the microwave in my hotel and ate it while driving to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the next morning.  Glorious!

French Bread Chocolate Bread Pudding

French Bread Chocolate Bread Pudding

Finally this above ^  I could probably take a shot at describing it, but I’ll let the picture do the talking.

St. Elmo’s  came as absolutely described.  This is one of the premier eating destinations, not just in Indy, but the U.S.  Lots of tradition, a signature dish, and amazing eating environment.  Any trip to Indy should include this as a pit stop.  (See what I did there?)

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