So places would people recommend as far as places to have a good meal during GenCon?
Lot's of reviews here.
We ate at the Yard House for the first time last year. We had a party of nine and every single one of us had our minds' blown by yumminess.
Colt's Grill is amazing. Several of my friends say their mac and cheese is the best they've ever had and look forward to eating it every year.
The Ram is a lot of fun because they love us gamers and cater to us.
Ten years of gencon, never gone to the ram. It's packed for the duration of gencon, with a wait to get in. Meanwhile, anything a block away is pretty much empty.
For a really good meal, the capital grill is awesome, but very spendy. It is our sunday night tradition now. I've been to two other capital grills, and the one in indy is the best of them. Another good high end option is Fogo de Chao.
Agree about the Ram.
Food is okay, but I'm busy during the Con. I rarely have the time to wait 45 minutes minimum before I eat.
Yeah, I've heard the Ram is hit-or-miss, depending on which day you eat there. Long waits, running out of items...I'll have to check it out though. If it's ridiculously packed, I'll just walk out and head somewhere else.
Regarding the Ram: we always go early, usually when they first open on Wednesday or Thursday. We don't have a long wait and they always have all the food. I can see trying to go during the peak hours would make for a long wait because it is so popular.
Easy, The Greek Islands.
Easy walk (4 or 5 blocks?) and they have fantastic food. Family run restaurant and you can order Greek beer and flaming cheese! Opa! We've been going here once or twice per Gen Con since 2008. The staff is so friendly and the owner is a super nice guy. Say hello to the "Greek Godfather", if you see him, you'll know who we are referring to. Wonderful man.
If you want to really splurge on a nice, expensive dinner, St. Elmo's is a good choice. My hubby and I always make it our one romantic dinner of the Con.
If you want something quick and cheap but still very good, the Steak n' Shake is fantastic. Both are a block east of the convention center so super easy to get to. Also open early and late so if you need a late night meal, it works quite well.
The Ram is good but you need to get there early. Otherwise yes, the wait is brutal! I've heard the Slippery Noodle is excellent - it's on my list of places to try out this year.
Spaghetti Factory, Buca de Beppo, Tilted Kilt, The Cladagh, Jimmy Johns, Webers Grill, Circle Center Mall Food Court, Shrimp Cocktail at St Elmos ( high end) is incredible, Rathskellar ( German food, music and beer) Slippery Noodle for the Blues. Too many small places to name. Just remember Indiana does not have carry out alcohol on Sunday.
The Ram is very "meh" food-wise. But dammit, I have to give 'em a hearty thumbs up just for how much they embrace the Gen Con crowd.
If people are willing to make the trek (likely by car, since it's a bit of a walk): City Market at lunch. You'll see at the link that it's not a single restaurant, instead it's more like a "farmer's market" sort of setup for multiple food vendors.
Also: http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/best-restaurants. Few of them will be close to the ICC, but still, it's a list to consider.
We like to make a point of eating at the Claddagh every year. Not a long walk, but far enough away that you're not waiting an hour for a seat. Also, the food is amazing. Rock Bottom Brewery is also really tasty.
For a good, quick lunch, Ali Baba's is a quick walk, and also not within the general realm of crazy-busy places. A five minute walk, tasty gyros and baklava for lunch, and back in less than half an hour. Also, very reasonable prices.
If you feel like driving to Fountain Square (Virginia Street), there are SO many excellent options. It's a five minute drive. Maybe. And it's worth it. Mama Irma's does excellent Peruvian food. Kuma's Corner is burgers and some of the best mac and cheese I've ever eaten, served with heavy metal and sci-fi movies. Shapiro's for some great Greek food.
It also depends on what sort of meal you are looking for. For me, there is a great Indian restaurant downtown almost opposite the train station hotel (can't remember its name right now), called Haveli's..
I am sure somebody has been to The Tamale Place (featured on Triple-D). Is it worth the drive for those of us who are not local?
My votes has to go to The Claddagh and Scotty's Brewhouse.
The Claddagh is wonderful. The service is beyond belief. And the food is so delicious.
Scotty's Brewhouse is a hump, but they welcome Gen Con attendees like there's nothing else -- especially with their themed menus, and custom dice they give out (while supplies last). Each day has its own color. Be sure to drop by for that day's die.