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Here, we provide a list of famous restaurants and diners in the Indianapolis metro area. Use this guide to satisfy your taste buds when either visiting or living in Indianapolis.

St Elmo Steak House
127 S Illinois St
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Description: The legend of St. Elmo helped sailors find their way through the stormy seas. Circle City steaklovers feel the same way about this downtown carnviore's cavern. Visiting celebs, beautiful people, atheletes and locals alike pack the mahogany-lined walls seeking its rich atmosphere and USDA prime cuts of beef every night. For its part, the restaurant doesn't disappoint from the Tiffany room's paneled walls and tin ceiling, to the obscenely big shrimp cocktail and seemingly endless juicy porterhouse steaks and veal chops.

Le Peep
301 N Illinois St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Description: Some people dabble in a little bit of everything, while others do only one thing, but do it amazingly well. Le Peep falls into the latter category. With a menu comprised soley morning cuisine, this national chain truly makes breakfast the most important meal of the day. Pancakes are a house favorite and come in a number of lip-smacking flavors, including granola, blueberry and wheat germ (think IHOP on steroids). Other popular options include French toast, omelets and Belgian waffles.

Cheeseburger In Paradise
4670 Southport Crossings Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Description: The young, old and Hawaiian-shirt clad have been called home to the mother ship -- Jimmy Buffett's popular chain restaurant. Buffett's outdone himself in creating a tropical atmosphere, perfect for Hoosiers in landlocked Indianapolis. Murals of colorful sunsets and island memorabilia, like surf boards, palm trees, a wave runner and more, surround you as you dine. Fare includes six different cheeseburgers, of course, as well as seafood, sandwiches, chicken, salads, pizzas and more -- most with a Caribbean flare.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
8601 Keystone Xing
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Description: Where there's good food, reasonable prices and super-friendly service, the lines are bound to form. But don't let that stop you from experiencing the freshness of Asian dishes at P.F. Chang's China Bistro at Keystone at the Crossing. Like its sister restaurant Downtown at Circle Centre, Chang's is consistently busy. Use the wait to more closely examine the reproduction of sculptures and artifacts depicting the T'ang Dynasty; The pair of imposing horse sculptures are especially favored by children. It is tempting to devote the entire meal to appetizers.

Three Sisters Cafe
6360 Guilford Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Description: Located in a restored Victorian home just a few blocks north of downtown Broad Ripple, Three Sisters is still considered a vegetarian mecca of sorts. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant specializes in both vegetarian and vegan entrees, soups, salads and organic coffees. The decor is overtly Bohemian, with a mix of colonial and garage sale furniture outfitting the various rooms. There's also local artwork exhibited on the walls.

Iaria's Italian Restaurant
317 S College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Description: The family-owned and operated business had been dishing up Mediterranean fare since 1912, but a recent shift in the family power grid closed the doors temporarily. With the fourth generation securely at the reins, the secret family recipes that made Iaria's popular are flowing out of the kitchen again. Crispy thin pizza dripping with cheese and tangy sauce, savory sausage sandwiches and tender chicken piccata are among the house specialties.

Acapulco Joe's Mexican Foods
365 N Illinois St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Description: An authentic Mexican eatery with "native" decor and a traditional menu, Acapulco Joe's has been serving up chips and salsa to a regular crowd for more than 20 years. Although some consider the locale to be "a small step up from Chi Chi's," Acapulco Joe's has a cult following in Indianapolis that keeps the place packed.

Choose from a large selection of traditional Mexican combination plates, salads, strip steak, tenderloin and burgers before treating yourself to the house specialty dessert -- fried ice cream.

Cio's Pizza & Pasta
3855 E 96th St
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Description: Cio's Pizza & Pasta boasts a menu full of "authentic Italian dishes and New York style pizza." The restaurant, which has been open since 2002, offers a variety of dishes including pastas, salads, sandwiches and pizza all made to order and created fresh daily. Try the Penne Alla Vodka Sauce, the Pasta Contadina or the Fresh Mozzarella Salad. The pizza is thin and crispy -- an homage to Gotham's finest. Cio's also offers a strong menu of wine, beer and specialty drinks.

Bonefish Grill
1001 N State Road 135
Greenwood, IN 46142

Description: Fresh fish delivered, inspected and cut daily before being cooked over an oak-burning grill has made this emerging chain wildly popular with local seafood enthusiasts. The interior is inviting with three-dimensional seascape murals gracing the walls. Metal mango-tree sculptures separate the dining room from the bar, and spacious booths line the sides of the room. The sophisticated yet casual ambiance and gentle lighting will have you convinced that you're dining alone -- not inside a sprawling 6,000-square-foot space that seats over 200.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
45 S. Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Description: chain restaurant with an original feel, this long time Indianapolis steakhouse now has two locations in the city. Using only the finest aged USDA prime beef, Ruth's Chris serves up more than a half-dozen sizzling steaks that are big enough to share. The appetizers will please seafood fans, while soups and salads dominate the rest of the starter menu. There are few choices for the diner that may be watching their waistline. The petite filet topped with jumbo gulf shrimp may be your best bet if you're counting calories. The steak and lobster combination is one of the more popular entrees. The combo lets you pair any steak with an Australian lobster tail or whole fresh Maine lobster.

Other Great Restaurants in Indianapolis

Keystone Grill
8650 Keystone Crossing Indianapolis, IN 46240

Eagle's Nest Restaurant
1 S Capitol Ave Indianapolis, IN 46204

Rick's Cafe Boatyard
4050 Dandy Trail Indianapolis, IN 46254

Steak 'n Shake
635 E Carmel Dr Carmel, IN 46032

O'Charley's Restaurant-Lounge
5130 W 38th St Indianapolis, IN 46254

Cheesecake Factory
8702 Keystone Xing Indianapolis, IN 46240

Gray Brothers Cafeteria
555 S Indiana St Mooresville, IN 46158

Palomino Euro Bistro
49 W. Maryland St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
30 S Meridian St Indianapolis, IN 46204

Mama Carolla's Old Italian
1031 E 54th St Indianapolis, IN 46220

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