Cheap Eats: 3 Great Places to Go Luxe for Less
Here, a trio of options to dine on the finer things without breaking the bank.
Visit the Alexander hotel’s stunning restaurant during its quiet lunch run, when Caleb France’s molecular gastronomy is pared down to bento-box proportions. The format is just as stylized as the coulis-smeared small plates that come out at night, but the offerings are divvied up into one main and three sides. Need a little pick-me-up for the rest of the day? The French-press coffee is roasted at Cerulean’s original Winona Lake location. 339 S. Delaware St., 317-870-1320, ceruleanrestaurant.com
St. Elmo Steak House ($35)
Hit the storied downtown steakhouse on Sunday, when a three-course prix fixe menu lays out an appetizer (a salad or shrimp cocktail), an entree (filet, salmon, or bourbon chicken), and a dessert (chocolate-cherry bread pudding, creme brulee, or cheesecake) for $35. Granted, each course is scaled down—three shrimp in the cocktail instead of the standard five, for example. 127 S. Illinois St., 317-635-0636, stelmos.com
Fogo de Chao ($20)
Fogo’s limitless salad bar resembles an entire grocery-store produce section, with 30-plus items, including fat asparagus and roasted peppers alongside aged Parmesan and prosciutto. Clean plates, refills of mini cheese popovers, and drink top-offs show up just when you need them, and the staff makes you glad to be part of the theatrics, meat or no meat. 117 E. Washington St., 317-638-4000,
fogodechao.com ($20.50 lunch, $23.50 dinner)
Photo by Jonathan Scott
This article appeared in the August 2013 issue.