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Week in the Hoosier State's Capital City

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A July 2003 trip to Indianapolis by sunday27

Quote: Who knew that Indianapolis was such a great city to visit? On a recent business trip, I spent my free time shopping, visiting the zoo, and eating at some great restaurants. I hope to return again to enjoy more of this very friendly, attractive, and clean city.

Embassy Suites Indianapolis - Downtown

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Hotel | "Embassy Suites Downtown"

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The Embassy Suites Downtown is located in the perfect spot to explore downtown Indy. From the hotel, it was a short walk (inside) to the Circle Center Mall which is one of the major upscale shopping destinations in Indy. (It's very convenient to be able to run your purchases up to your hotel room and be back in the mall a few minutes later!) The hotel was also right in the heart of the downtown restaurant district (see my journal entry for The Old Spaghetti Factory) and was an easy few block walk to the Conseco Fieldhouse. The area around Embassy Suites is very upscale with all the beautiful brick shop fronts and restaurants and I felt very safe walking around outside there in the evening. The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2003

Embassy Suites Indianapolis - Downtown
110 WASHINGTON ST
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
317 236-1800

Embassy Suites Indianapolis - North

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Hotel | "Embassy Suites North"

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I stayed at the Embassy Suites North after staying at the Embassy Suites Downtown. While similar in many ways, the North location is not quite as nice as its downtown sister, although it did have some features I liked better. Embassy Suites North is located (as the name implies) in the Northern section of the City. Near the hotel are a lot of chain restaurants, hotels, some shopping malls and large office buildings. The North location is a free standing building and is not connected to a mall as is the Downtown location. There is a restaurant on-site (which I didn't try), but the other restaurants reviewed in my journal were all an easy drive from this hotel (see journal entries for Su...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2003

Embassy Suites Indianapolis - North
3912 VINCENNES RD
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
317 872-7700

The Old Spaghetti Factory

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Restaurant

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On my first night out in Indy, I went with a work colleague to the Old Spaghetti Factory, which is located in downtown Indianapolis on South Meridian. The restaurant is in a very convenient location close to the Circle Center Mall and the Conseco Field House. We arrived at close to 8pm on Friday evening and the place was packed. They don't take reservations, so we put our name on the waiting list and were told it would be about 25 minutes before we could be seated. We then went for a stroll along the beautiful brick lined streets instead of waiting in the restaurant with the rest of the crowd. The restaurant's luxurious decor of gilt, velvet, and chandeliers would lead you to believe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2003

The Old Spaghetti Factory
210 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225
(317) 635-6325

Cheesecake Factory

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Restaurant | "The Cheesecake Factory"

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I went to The Cheesecake Factory with another colleague on a Tuesday night. We arrived just after 5pm and the line was already starting to form. Fortunately we only had a 10 minute wait (but had we arrived a bit later, I'm sure the wait would be at least a half hour or more -- this place is popular!!) But that's understandable since the decor is lovely, the menu extensive, and the food fantastic. It's also a bit on the expensive side. The bill for one glass of wine, an appetizer, an entree, and one slice of cheesecake came to around $45 with tip. And that's with choosing mid-range items pricewise on the menu. The menu, by the way, is a book and includes a wide selection of salads, pastas, seafo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2003

Cheesecake Factory
8702 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
(317) 566-0100

Sullivan's Steakhouse

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Restaurant

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Sullivan's Steakhouse is a lovely restaurant that I would classify as casual fine dining. It's decorated to look old with dark wood and brass and pictures of boxers adorning the walls. You don't have to be dressed up to be there -- but it's definitely not the type of place you'd take the kids to for a burger and fries. As the name implies the specialty is steak, but they also have quite a few seafood items on the menu (which I ignored since I live near the ocean). I tried the house specialty cocktail, which was a pineapple martini. It's made by soaking pineapple in vodka for a week and then straining off the juice -- it was delicious! While I was less enthusiastic about my appetizer (pureed spl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2003

Sullivan's Steakhouse
3316 East 86th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
(317) 580-1280

Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurant

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Restaurant

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I ate at Don Pablo's my last night in Indianapolis. While certainly not my most memorable dining experience in Indy, the restaurant was colorful, fun, and inexpensive. The menu was fairly extensive and included the standard Tex-Mex fare of enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, etc. The sangria I ordered was very sweet and fruity (not exactly the way I remembered it from a trip to Spain) -- but certainly tasty. The restaurant was only partially full when we arrived on a Thursday evening at around 6pm, but filled up while we were there. We were seated at a table next to the fountain in the center of the restaurant, which was a nice touch. There was a mix of couples and families dining out and th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 22, 2003

Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurant
8150 US 31 South
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227
(317) 888-0363

Indianapolis Zoo

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I went to the zoo on a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon. Fortunately the zoo had lots of trees and indoor display areas, which made it quite comfortable to pass the afternoon there. I had no expectations for the zoo and was very pleasantly by the quantity and quality of the displays. There were a large number of exotic animals (rhinos, elephants, giraffes, lions, monkeys and more), North American wildlife as well as domestic and marine animals. There were also sea lions, seals, fish tanks, and a reptile area. A family could very easily spend the entire day here looking at the animals. If I'd had my children with me, I know that they would have pleaded to feed the animals in the petting area...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2003

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W. Washington St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46222
(317) 630-2187

White River Gardens

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The White River Gardens are located right next to the Indianapolis Zoo and share the same parking lot ($4 to park your car). For only $12.50, I bought a combo pass to the zoo and the gardens. The gardens were lovely and had an endless assortment of plants and flowers. I'm sure it would be an absolute dream to any avid gardener. The gift shop also seemed to cater to gardeners with all sorts of gardening implements and floral items for sale. We entered the garden through the butterfly conservatory which is a two-story glass building filled with plants and butterflies flying around. It was amazing to see so many butterflies and some people were lucky enough to have them land on them (a g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2003

White River Gardens
1200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
(317) 630-2001