Charlie Kimball's dining picks

 

Charlie Kimball's Top 5 Indianapolis Restaurants

Bluebeard

This one was bound to get on a list of great restaurants. Chef Abbi Merris has long been famous for her magical ways with seafood, and the restaurant is worth a visit even if all you want to do is sip cocktails. "We love Bluebeard. I've been paired with Chef Abbi [Merris] at the Rev event and she always does great work. She always does a great job of creating flavor profiles that are so interesting. When I won my first race, a bunch of friends and I went to Bluebeard to celebrate. And then for my wife's birthday in October, we asked Chef Abbi to just kind of feed us, and she built a menu for us." Who knows if you will catch Kimball and his wife at the restaurant on your next visit, but the gorgeous patio and the standout menu are worth a visit no matter the sports stars that may be sitting just a few feet away.

653 Virginia Ave., 686-1580, bluebeardindy.com

Tinker Street

Peter George's newest restaurant has been a boon for his own brand as well as the Herron-Morton neighborhood, where Kimball calls home. "It's three or four blocks from our house, so it's easy to go to, and we were really impressed with the atmosphere. Now that the weather's nice, every night, driving home from practice at the IMS, it has just been packed. That's such a great thing for this neighborhood." The new spot is known for its respectful treatment of high-quality local produce and an outstanding wine list.

402 E. 16th St., 925-5000, tinkerstreetindy.com

Cafe Patachou

Arguably the original in farm-to-fork dining, Kimball ushers visitors to this place like the faithful drag their family to church on Sundays. "You can't ever underestimate Patachou. Whenever we have friends and family coming into town, no matter where they're staying, [we tell them], 'You gotta go to Patachou for breakfast.' You can't go wrong there. In fact, we buy coffee beans from them to grind at home." Make sure you try at least one omelette from here in your lifetime, as their lineup is unmatched in the city. Kimball also confessed to a weakness for their heavenly (although admittedly not exactly diabetes-friendly) cinnamon toast.

225 W. Washington St., 632-0765, cafepatachou.com

St. Elmo Steakhouse

Another Indy flagship, Kimball has been known to frequent this ultra-famous steakhouse. "As an institution, I love St. Elmo's. I'm a big red meat eater. My wife is a little less, but I love the shrimp cocktail. I love the history of that building. I think the Hugheses have done a great job embracing the history of Indianapolis, from the sports to the culture that the city has." You can, of course, get a big ol' slab of red meat here, but don't underestimate their outstanding cocktails. Go old school: An extra-dirty martini.

127 S. Illinois St., #2, 635-0636, stelmos.com

St. Joseph's Brewery and Public House

We could spoil this blurb by telling you everything you could ever want to know in the span of 200 words, because we're good like that. But we recently visited this new location, and we have way more to say about it than 200 words. Head here for a pull preview of the new Brewery.

540 N. College Ave., 602-5670, saintjoseph.beer

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