St. Elmo's Shrimp cocktail is a must when in Indy

If you’ve been to Indianapolis, you’ve likely heard of St. Elmo’s Steakhouse. And if you’ve heard of St. Elmo’s, you’ve probably heard about their famous shrimp cocktail with sauce that includes large chunks of horseradish that is grated fresh each day. The downtown restaurant, located a couple blocks from the Soldiers' and Sailor's monument in the city circle, dates back to 1902. It's the oldest steakhouse in the city that is still in its original location. Getting a taste of that shrimp cocktail is one of those must-do things while you're in the city, especially if you are a foodie.

However, St. Elmo's isn't the only place where you can get this Indy specialty. Their sister restaurant, Harry & Izzy's, which is located next door has a similar menu in a more casual environment and you can order the same shrimp cocktail there.

On a recent media visit to preview the new Treasures of Ancient Greece exhibit at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, some other travel writers and I were treated to dinner at Harry and Izzy's. Ordering the shrimp cocktail was a no-brainer. There were four of us in our group and the appetizer comes with four. So we finished that and then ordered another.

Behind it in the picture above, you'll see the makings of a signature "Elmo Cola." It comes with a glass bottle of Coke that you pour into your glass of their special infusion (Maker's Mark Kentucky Bourbon, imported Italian Luxardo maraschino cherries and Madagascar vanilla beans) that is garnished with their delicious drunken cherries (I could eat a whole bowl of those!) 

There's also one other sister restaurant, Burger Study, where you can also get the shrimp cocktail. I stopped there for a gourmet burger when I was in town a couple months ago and I was so excited to find it on the menu there, too.

Harry & Izzy's
153 S. Illinois
Indianapolis, IN