Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Where should Pence, Gingrich, Sessions and Trump grab dinner together in Indy tonight?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 3:16 PM

All eyes are on Indianapolis today as the Trump kids gather the possible VPs for a veepstakes for their dad at the Conrad in Downtown Indianapolis. We're not sure if an announcement or pick will be made today, but we are sure about one thing: these dudes are going to be hungry.

So where should they eat? 

We've got plenty of goodies for old school political operators with fancy tastes visiting from out of town in next week's Dining Indy issue, but since today is such a momentous and wild political storm, we'll give you a little preview. Blurbs by Food Editor Cavan McGinsie; political tête-à-tête rankings by veepstakes-crazed Editor Katherine Coplen.) 

St. Elmo’s
This quintessential Indianapolis restaurant has been serving top-quality steaks, service and world-famous shrimp cocktail for over a century. It is a classic white table cloth steakhouse and a place frequented by many of Indy’s most recognizable faces. Not much has changed since 1902 (including its famous wine cellar that is filled with prized wines) and they wouldn’t have it any other way. 

(Political tête-à-tête benefit: The potential veeps can one-up each other on amount of horseradish sauce consumed.) 

Step through this door and across the pond into a restaurant that feels like it is a true German beer hall. It is steeped in Indy’s German roots and the kitchen consistently puts out some of the best German fare in the Midwest. The biergarten is also the perfect place for making friends, sharing a drink or two and listening to live music. Prost!

(Political tête-à-tête benefit: Really, really big mugs of beer. These men are going to need a drink.) 

In a time when Indianapolis was mostly chains and studded with many popular steakhouses, Peterson’s was a head above the rest and garnered many awards. With new, trendier restaurants opening monthly it can be easy to eschew your past favorites, but I assure you this isn’t a place you want to forget. The experience of a white table cloth, a top-notch service staff, an immaculate wine list, and perfectly prepared steak and seafood dishes is never going to go away and it shouldn’t, it is truly a food lovers delight. 

(Political tête-à-tête benefit: Handily located near lots of potential Hamilton County donors.) 

Mississippi Belle
I still get amazed every time I eat here. First off, the prices are insanely low. But, what truly amazes me is that fried chicken can taste this good, not to mention that you get unlimited fried chicken and sides for you and your family. For a kid with a Southern cooking grandma, it doesn’t get much better than this when I’m eating out.

(Political tête-à-tête benefit: Make Southern dude Jeff Sessions feel right at home.) 

Peppy Grill
You know it, you love it, it’s saved you from a raging hangover plenty of times. This
Fountain Square 24-hour diner is known for breakfast all day, everyday. The pancakes are bigger than your head, the bacon is crispy, the coffee is hot and everything is kind of greasy, which will help your stomach when it’s roiling from too many PBRs, Palomas or (if you're Mike and the Donald) you just saw a gay couple making out at the Mexican restaurant down the road. It’s so budget-friendly Bernie Sanders ate here, and we know The Bern isn’t one for financial conservatism.)

(Political tête-à-tête benefit: Sitting in a booth where a real political leader sat)

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