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I got to visit St. Elmo Steak House in downtown Indianapolis a week ago Friday.
It's a classic old steak house, with a lot of history and ambiance. Waiters wear tuxes. Steaks are given the proper amount of char. The legendary shrimp cocktail is served with knowing smiles. The amount of horseradish in the cocktail sauce makes it feel like someone's lighting a match behind your nose.
It's a great Hoosier experience to eat at St. Elmo's. You can sit in the bar if you can't get a reservation. And if you go, you'll see Amish Country Chicken on the menu. That's from Miller's Amish Country Chicken, based partially in Goshen and processed in northeast Indiana. You'll also see Di Arie wines on the wine list. Lucchese's recently installed a tap system to serve that wine.
But you should also know, the steaks aren't more expensive than what you find in Elkhart County. And I think the best steaks in the county rival the ones I tasted with friends at St. Elmo's. I didn't think the Indy steak was any better than those at Heinnie's, Lucchese's or Miles Lab.
Ÿ Constant Spring, 219 S. Main St., Goshen, is serving an oval plate special every Wednesday. Owner Jason Oswald started having his kitchen crew experiment with ethnic food, including Jamaican, Thai and Indian. The $10 special varies by week, but is a great way to try something different and the food Jesse Shoemaker has been sending out of the kitchen has been stellar. The special often sells out by 7 p.m.
Ÿ Rolling Scones will cater a Puerto Rican meal from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday to benefit the Center For Healing & Hope. The event is $15 for adults, $10 for age 12 and under. It'll be in the St. John's Parish Center, 417 S. Main St., Goshen. Information: 574-534-4744.
Ÿ American Red Cross's Elkhart Chapter is having its fourth annual Vineyards & Vibrations from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Elcona Country Club. Food and music by Truth in Jazz will be part of the event, along with beer and wine tastings from local breweries and wineries. Cost is $35 per person. Information/reservations: 574-293-6519 (Editor's note - The original number listed was the fax line. This is the voice line.)
Ÿ I remember not that long ago when I could get a lunch special at the Old Style Deli for $3 or $4. Food prices and everything else have gone up in the last 15 years. The Deli still serves a great lunch and was bustling Wednesday. The modern equivalent of that may be a $5 lunch special. George's Gyros, 1808 E. Bristol St., Elkhart, serves a great gyro and has $5 specials, including a junior gyro with fries and a drink. Are there other $5 lunch specials in the area that you enjoy? If so, let me know.
Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @hungrymarshall or via www.facebook.com/diningalaking.