This past weekends 101st running of the Indy 500 was nothing short of incredible! Fortunately for the us and the 250,000+ in attendance, the weather held up perfectly despite the 80% chance of rain. There is a reason why the Indy 500 is “the greatest spectacle in racing“, you just have to watch Scott Dixon’s #9 car flying over 3x winner Helio Castroneves to validate this proclaimed title. I lost my voice screaming those last 5 laps as Helio chased hard for his 4th victory. To his well deserved credit, Sato came up the winner and pulled it out in the end with an amazing finish!
Hats off to the entire field for a race we will never forget. It was great to see Fernando Alonso come over from F1 and put his skills to the test on the 2.5 mile oval against the field of Indy veterans. Alonso was very much welcomed by all the fans and drivers, we hope to see him back next year!
No Indy 500 weekend getaway would be complete without rounding out the trip with some great food and entertainment. This year we made it a point to visit some great spots you will want to add to your list during your next visit to Indy – hopefully well before the 102nd running!
Our first pit stop was at Harry & Izzy’s.
153 South Illinois Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Phone: (317) 635-9594
The sister restaurant to the neighboring St. Elmo Steakhouse struck a wonderful balance of great food and ambiance along with a wide range of selections on the menu. Before jumping into dinner we made a point to enjoy some cocktails at the bar. The Moscow Mule in the custom Harry & Izzy’s copper cups were a nice way to rev up the evening fun.
Our quest was to seek out this famous shrimp cocktail we heard so much about! Since I reside in a coastal city with endless top seafood restaurants I was definitely curious and I must admit suspect to see if the claim really earned the hype. As you can see, it was so good that we wound up dining at St. Elmo Steakhouse for a second round!
Note, the horseradish really has a kick! I won’t get into the details, but trust me you have to try it.
For reference, I normally don’t do steak back to back nights. It was so good I opted for the featured Prime Dry Aged boneless Rib Eye at Harry & Izzy’s and then went right to the bone in NY Strip at St. Elmo’s. Both were great in their own rights, but I have some serious gym work to do this week to pay for my sins!
If you make it out to Indy, no visit would be complete without stopping by the Slippery Noodle- Indiana’s oldest bar. Great crowd, service and live blues music!
Whether you are out entertaining clients or having fun with family and friends, these Indianapolis classics will make for a great evening! All three venues are definitely Sales GOAT certified and are on the podium!
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