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Inside tips on Indy eats

The world is descending on Indianapolis this week for Super Bowl XLVI, and the world, as usual, is hungry. We asked some locals from the sports industry where they like to grab a bite, and they were kind enough to point us to their favorites. Be warned, though: If you don’t already have reservations for some of downtown’s most popular spots, surviving the wait list may require the determination of a Super Bowl champ.

PETER R. DAVIS
Director of Championships and Alliances, NCAA
Café Patachou
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I can’t say that I knew what to expect from the Indianapolis restaurant scene when we moved to Indianapolis almost 10 years ago, but we’ve certainly found our favorites as we’ve learned to love the city. Starting the day at Café Patachou is fantastic — especially if you order their cinnamon toast, which may be the best you’ll ever taste. You’ll be happy there for lunch, too, or carry out an incredibly inventive sandwich from Goose The Market. When it comes to dinner, Bazbeaux pizza is an absolute go-to for us for a fun, casual meal. For the full dining experience, I’d put the food and flavor combinations from chef proprietor Steve Oakley at Oakleys Bistro up against just about any restaurant.

TODD TAYLOR
Harry & Izzy's
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SVP and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Indiana Pacers
I think a must-visit should be Bankers Life Fieldhouse. We have an event or two each day during Super Bowl week — including Pacers games against the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday, and the Orlando Magic on Saturday. And for a cool atmosphere and a great cocktail, be sure to stop by the 1933 Lounge. You can find it tucked between St. Elmo Steak House and Harry & Izzy’s, both of which are exceptional dinner options in their own right.

RANDY BERNARD
CEO, IndyCar
Mo’s: Try their Chilean sea bass, unbelievable
St. Elmo Steak House
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Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Sensu (Asian fusion)
Indianpolis Colts Grille: Great food and great sports bar
The Oceanaire (fish)
Iaria’s Italian Restaurant: Great hangout. Italian food — nothing fancy, just good food

STEVE PENNY
President and CEO, USA Gymnastics
Indy has lots of great places to dine — both downtown and somewhat off the beaten path. For my money, Fogo de Chão is one of my favorites, along with all of the great steak places. If you can’t get into St. Elmo’s, remember that Harry & Izzy’s serves the same shrimp cocktail. For lunch, Shapiro’s Deli or go for Italian at The Milano Inn. For barbecue fans, make the 10-minute trip to Black Diamond on the north side. You won’t be disappointed.

BARRY COLLIER
Binkley's Kitchen & Bar
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Athletic Director, Butler University
One of the great things about Indianapolis is the tremendous number of outstanding restaurants. And one of my favorites is Binkley’s. The atmosphere is great, the food is terrific, and it’s a place where you’re bound to run into Butler fans. And they have plenty of TVs for great sports viewing. I would recommend trying the Strawberry Chicken Salad for lunch.

TOM JERNSTEDT
Former EVP, NCAA
Harry & Izzy’s: Located next to the very popular St. Elmo’s. Believe both properties are owned by the same individuals with the addition of Peyton Manning as a part-owner of Harry & Izzy’s, I believe. Large circular bar off the entry.
Lorenzo’s: Italian restaurant that opened several months ago and has quickly established itself for excellent Italian food and atmosphere.

PETE WARD
COO, Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts Grille: Large screens everywhere; great atmosphere and better food.
Bonus picks:
Unheralded gem: Indiana State Museum/Eiteljorg Museum (downtown, walking distance from most hotels)
For young Super Bowl visitors: Indianapolis Children’s Museum (just north of downtown): Best and biggest in the world!

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