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Casey Willett
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This will be my first year attending Gencon and I am really looking forward to it! I believe I have done my fair share of due diligence by reading all the informative posts for parking, boarding, what to expect and the like. However I have not seen any posts about the great places to eat in Indy! (If this has been posted then please direct me to a link) I am a man who loves food just as much as I love games so my question is: What are some great places to eat while in Indy? Where are they located? What do they serve? Avg meal price? Where is a good place to grab a bite in the afternoon while at the con and where are some good late night places to grab a bite before retiring to your room? Any information you all can provide would greatly be appreciated by my group! Also, does not have to be a family restaurant as our group of 4 will consist of people from ages 22-40. Thanks again!
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I've had good luck (and good meals) at these places, all pretty close to the convention center (no problem walking there):

Noodles & Company (lunch)
California Pizza Kitchen (lunch)
The Ram (dinner - but go a bit early to get a table without long wait)
T.G.I.Friday's (dinner)

Last year there were several food trucks parked very close to the convention with lots of options.

There's also a mall attached to the convention center by the skywalk (Circle Center Mall) that has a food court, typical mall food.

EDITS: I keep editing because I keep thinking of stuff. And I am bummed that I'm missing the convention this year. Bahhhhh.
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Gencon eats!
Thanks Wayne!
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A good local map for restaurants in Indy can be found here: http://visitindy.com/indianapolis-maps-guides. That website also has a guide to local restaurants, as does this one: http://www.indydt.com/home.cfm.

You can also wade through the Travel, Housing and Dining forum on the Gen Con community website for additional comments and information: http://community.gencon.com/forums/255.aspx. (Most of the discussions here focus on housing.)

Some of the more relevent discussions:
Food trucks ftw: http://community.gencon.com/forums/t/31601.aspx
Restaurants to avoid: http://community.gencon.com/forums/t/30531.aspx
Local Resturants: http://community.gencon.com/forums/t/31339.aspx
what's your favorite resturant in Indy?: http://community.gencon.com/forums/t/30837.aspx

Hopefully this is what you're looking for. Enjoy!
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Gencon eats!
Thanks Scott! This is very informative!
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magicman6173 wrote:
Thanks Scott! This is very informative!


Hey man, its Chase. Didnt know you were going to GenCon. See ya there!! Our group will have a lot of representation there!
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Awesome! Well then we will all have to hook up at one point and do a lunch or dinner or something!
 
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magicman6173 wrote:
Awesome! Well then we will all have to hook up at one point and do a lunch or dinner or something!


Absolutely! I think rough count is 8 of us!
 
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If you don't mind a nice walk, about 5 blocks, you can try The Greek Islands. It is easily our favorite restaurant and we visit them a couple times during our visit. Prices can be on the higher side if you go for dinner.

Family run. Great wait staff and the owners are really nice people to talk to.
http://www.greekislandsrestaurant.com/
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Wow thanks for the recommendation Dan. I checked out their menu and I will have to make a point to let this be one of our stops!
 
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Food trucks have become a bigger staple at GenCon. Last year there were some excellent ones parked just outside. They rotate lunch/dinner scheduales as well, so you have two rounds of trying things daily.

Otherwise, one of my big secrets is to go and get a nice steak salad at Panera in the downtimes. It's not too far, and if you have a hotel room with a fridge, the salad is big enough for two helpings.

I tried The RAM last year, and was completely underwhelmed by their food. Everyone loves it, but I can't say I was horribly impressed. For less money, you can get a better burger at Steak and Shake just around the block.

Otherwise, check out this article I wrote up for a Magic related website before last year's convention. Some of the info is outdated, but the basics are true for most things:

http://legitmtg.com/culture/gencontravelguide/
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stagger lee wrote:

I tried The RAM last year, and was completely underwhelmed by their food. Everyone loves it, but I can't say I was horribly impressed. For less money, you can get a better burger at Steak and Shake just around the block.


It seems like the experience here can be hit-or-miss, with the percentage chance somewhat higher for a hit. And of course everyone's got different tastes so not everyone's going to agree. But I've been here at least once every Gen Con trip for the past four years, and I really enjoyed it every time. Everybody in my party enjoyed it too. Truly, your mileage may vary.
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OP Thank you for the post.

I am wondering about what is innovative in the Indy cooking scene as well as the top end restaurants.

I asked Google about Indy's "Top end Restaurants" and the one atop the Hyatt came up. I looked at their menu and except for a few items it was the same as I could get most anyplace from Seattle to Key West.

I looked for Indy's innovative restaurants and The Libertine was one of the suggestions. I looked at their menu and it looked very good. A little more towards small plates fit for a bar, but nice ingredients paired in different ways.

Any other suggestions at the other end of fast or chain eateries - that show the best that Indianapolis has to offer ?
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This may sound silly, but the Italian restaurant in the JW Mariott hotel is AMAZING.

We have stayed there every year since it opened and we don't eat anywhere else for dinner after trying it one night in 2011.

They have fine dining food for TGI Friday prices.

They make their gelato, pizza, and pasta from scratch. They have fresh seafood flown in specifically for when they have a lot of guests (ie Gen Con).

You don't have to be a guest of the hotel to eat there. The Gen Con open gaming HQ in on the 2nd floor of the JW, so it makes a perfect place to grab dinner after gaming.

Here is a link to their lunch and dinner menu (with prices!):
Lunch: http://www.jwindy.com/cms/pressroom/osteria_pronto_lunch_men...
Dinner: http://www.jwindy.com/cms/pressroom/osteria_pronto_dinner_me...

They also have a pretty good sports bar in the JW as well.
If you're with a big group, you can grab a table in the lobby, and order food from BOTH restaurants.
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I read somewhere that Tavern on South will have a Munchkin theme menu and some special guests. I've neve eaten there but it might be fun. Steve Jackson's booth might have info about it too.
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I really like Scotty's Brewhouse. The guy in charge is a gamer and the old manager of the RAM. He goes all out for Gen Con, including:

-Game themed menus
-Free Dice
-Game decorations and costumes
-Gen Con t-shirts and growlers

This year they are doing a Pathfinder tavern:

http://paizo.com/paizo/news/v5748eaic9qtx?Scottys-Brewhouse-...

The food is typical American fare, but I've always liked everything I've gotten from there. The burgers are really good.
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YATS YATS YATS YATS

they just moved to 885 mass ave

also they have one at 10th & indiana

yatscajuncreole.com
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Thanks to all who have chimed in thus far! I certainly have more options now to consider than I did this morning. I would like to stay away from chains, not that I am against them but when I can get the same here at home....meh. Being home grown and raised in Louisiana I will definitely have to check out YATS!
 
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Zaphod wrote:
I really like Scotty's Brewhouse. The guy in charge is a gamer and the old manager of the RAM. He goes all out for Gen Con, including:

-Game themed menus
-Free Dice
-Game decorations and costumes
-Gen Con t-shirts and growlers

This year they are doing a Pathfinder tavern:

http://paizo.com/paizo/news/v5748eaic9qtx?Scottys-Brewhouse-...

The food is typical American fare, but I've always liked everything I've gotten from there. The burgers are really good.


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This is my first GenCon as well, what is the average cost for a meal? Trying to figure out my food budget.

Thanks
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OP Thank you for the post.

I am wondering about what is innovative in the Indy cooking scene as well as the top end restaurants.

I asked Google about Indy's "Top end Restaurants" and the one atop the Hyatt came up. I looked at their menu and except for a few items it was the same as I could get most anyplace from Seattle to Key West.

I looked for Indy's innovative restaurants and The Libertine was one of the suggestions. I looked at their menu and it looked very good. A little more towards small plates fit for a bar, but nice ingredients paired in different ways.

Any other suggestions at the other end of fast or chain eateries - that show the best that Indianapolis has to offer ?


Check out Bluebeard on Virginia, supposed to be the best in the city. I believe the menu changes weekly. Cerulean in the Alexander Hotel is supposed to be really good also. There is a new sandwich place, also on Virginia, called Rook that serves banh mi sandwiches that are pretty good and a little different. Saffron cafe is always excellent if you're in the mood for Moroccan.

If anyone needs suggestions for a little less mainstream let me know!
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There is a CVS, Marsh Supermarket, and the Indy City Market about a mile from the Convention center, for those of you that want foodstuffs to store and take back to your room.

Note the Indy Market is only open 9:30-1:30 on Wednesday.
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klaron wrote:
If you don't mind a nice walk, about 5 blocks, you can try The Greek Islands. It is easily our favorite restaurant and we visit them a couple times during our visit. Prices can be on the higher side if you go for dinner.

Family run. Great wait staff and the owners are really nice people to talk to.
http://www.greekislandsrestaurant.com/


This sounds great. I love gyros and will definitely check this out.
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stagger lee wrote:

I tried The RAM last year, and was completely underwhelmed by their food. Everyone loves it, but I can't say I was horribly impressed. For less money, you can get a better burger at Steak and Shake just around the block.



I don't think I'd go as far to compare the RAM's burgers to steak and shake, but their food is not a good enough reason to go there. Their beers are some of my favorites which is why I will make a stop or two there each year.
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If you have a car, the best Japanese food I've ever had is at Sakura's Japanese restaurant.

The Weber Grill place is good, as is Buca di Beppo. Both are national chains, so if you're like me and really try to eat strictly at local stuff, you may want to give them a pass. But Sakura's is amazing.
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