Over 300,000 fans are expected to attend the 100th Indianapolis 500 over Memorial Day weekend. For the first time ever, the race is sold out. While fans may be at the track all day Sunday, there is still plenty of time to the rest of the weekend to eat in the best restaurants the Circle City has to offer. Here are some of the top spots in Indianapolis to eat for sports fans.
This place is best in the summer when you can sit on the patio, but burgers are still delicious in winter. Located on Massachusetts Ave, just a bit NE of downtown, burger bar has nearly 20 burgers including vegetarian and vegan options. Try the Provencal Burger or house specialty Bru Burger. The restaurant also features several local vendors like Vikings Farms and Stilton Cheese.
Wake up early on Saturday or Sunday and go to the English pub on Mass Ave. This soccer bar gets rowdy and the food is good too. Try out the Fish and Chips or Earl’s Club while watching your favorite EPL team. This place is a little bit smaller so get ready to make friends with your neighbor.
If you’re walking downtown, you’ll likely run into Kilroy’s without knowing it. Located off of Meridian Ave, this sports bar originated in Bloomington, Indiana and is known for one thing, the breadsticks. It’s also a great bar to grab beers and has some solid drink specials especially during the week. Get there early if you’re planning on watching the Hoosiers play as this place fills up quickly.
Another restaurant/bar on Mass Ave, Ralston’s doesn’t have your typical sports bar fare. The new-American menu features healthier, higher quality sandwiches, burgers and more. High marks go to the Recession Burger, Doc’s Crabcake Sliders and the Hot Mess (chicken breast, aged cheddar, arugular, avocado, bacon and sriracha menu on a pretzel bun). Also sub your fries out for the fried rosemary potatoes, it’s totally worth it.
One of the favorites in Indiana from local boy Scott Wise. The restaurant group has 5 locations in the Indianapolis area with its main downtown location just a few blocks north of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers. It features some unique food items like the Big A** Brewhouse Burger and Taco Mac while also offering its own beer from their Thr3e Wise Man’s brewery in Broad Ripple.
For the night when you want to go out and have a nice meal, you have to make a reservation at Indiana’s most famous restaurant, St. Elmo’s. The steakhouse has been a landmark in Indianapolis since 1902 and features amazing steaks, seafood, chops, and more. Whatever entrée you get, you must try their famous Shrimp Cocktail (as seen on College Gameday). It’ll clear you sinuses in 2 seconds. Can’t get a reservation? Then head over sister restaurant, Harry & Izzy’s next door where you can also get the Shrimp Cocktail.