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Feb 18, 2013 - Downtown dining in Indianapolis

Indianapolis has experienced a period of revitalization, with the development of shops, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. As such, a charter bus group to Indianapolis would be wise to charter a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus from Charter Bus Indianapolis. A great way to see Indianapolis in style, sit back and relax in your charter bus as your friendly, reliable charter bus driver takes you to your destination.

Recommendations for a good restaurant in downtown Indianapolis that is within easy reach of a charter bus trip will turn up one name, St. Elmo Steak House. This Indianapolis dining icon has been serving steak in the same location since 1902, amassing the attention of celebrities, athletes and politicians along the way. The menu is old school, old style, steak house. Charter bus diners can choose from nine cuts of steak that are on offer along with seafood and chicken. Side dishes include mashed red-skin potatoes and the popular king-crab macaroni and cheese. Vegetarians will have to settle for a salad and a few sides, but with extensive testimonials and awards, we believe that these will be satisfying on their own.

For a taste of old Europe during your charter bus visit to Indianapolis, visit the Rathkeller, and an Indianapolis institution. Established in 1894, the Rathskeller is located in the basement of the 19th century Athenaeum building. In equal parts quaint German inn and boisterous beer hall, the Rathkeller’s menu features an unending list of traditional German dishes and American favorites. Enjoy a mixed wurst plate that features four types of sausage served with sauerkraut. Five different schnitzels are on offer along with steaks, pastas and burgers. The bar serves 12 imported beers on tap along with 50 imported bottled beers, so drink up. Singing beer hall ballads is optional.

A taste of exotic Africa is on offer to charter bus diners at The Abyssinia Ethiopian, which offers authentic tastes of Ethiopia in an atmosphere designed to let patrons experience a bit of Abyssinia in West Indianapolis. The restaurant features a significant selection of vegetarian and vegan options, and charter bus diners can enjoy combination dishes in a communal fashion, as it is traditionally done in Ethiopia. Enjoy the staple injera bread dipped in hot sauce, made from fish, meats and vegetables. Traditional Ethiopian dishes are characterized by the use of a variety of exotic spices like mitmita, berbere and alitcha. The restaurant also features live ethnic entertainment on Saturday evenings.

Head over to the R Bistro in your charter bus, to enjoy Contemporary American cuisine in one of the few independently-owned restaurants in Indianapolis. The Head Chef, Regina Mehallick, prepares weekly menus with seasonal ingredients. The menu even lists the local providers of such ingredients as farm-fresh eggs and smoked bacon in its full descriptions of the various appetizers, entrees and desserts available each week. Mehallick's cooking exhibits influences from all over the globe, from chutneys to gazpacho, yet is carefully crafted around American tastes and sensibilities. The atmosphere is warm and simple, with brick walls and touches of wood and tile. Service staff are extremely reliable and informative, with a thorough knowledge of R Bistro's food menu, as well as its short but carefully selected wine list.

For a gastronomic tour of Indianapolis, give Charter Bus Indianapolis a call to find out how they can help you plan your trip with a selection from their fleet of charter buses and friendly, personalized service.