There is a saying in Indianapolis that if you ‘want to eat well – eat at home’.
The majority of restaurants are indeed those of national chains – where the food is entirely adequate if that is what you like - but we have been working our way through a list which purports to list the ‘25 best restaurants in Indianapolis’.
We have found some decent places to which we are happy to return. OK so it’s not Vienna - but there are a few places where the food is of a consistently high standard – and it is certainly much cheaper than Vienna – although the wine is astonishingly expensive.
We are slowly coming to grips with the fact that most Americans eat very early. Most restaurants are full from 5:30 to 8:30 and then start to empty out. Almost none are open after 10:00pm.
And of course most of them do not take reservations – so we normally toddle along at about 8:30 and can usually get a table.
Americans also do not appear to linger over their food. The ‘starter’ arrives within 5 minutes and the ‘entrée’ will often arrive immediately the starter has been finished. The ‘check’ arrives as soon as they see you are done.
Now we cannot think of a reason they eat so early – but there must be one. I can assure you it is not because of the high quality of the television – this is definitely not worthwhile hurrying home for.
I am pleased to report that the problems have been solved and we are now regular receivers of both the New York Times and the Indianapolis Star. The latter does not take long to read.
The Star does not like President Obama at all and I must say I did not realize what an asshole he was until I subscribed to this newspaper.