Gotta Go is a syndicated, fine-living and travel column in Indiana magazines and Indianapolis-metro area newspapers since 2007.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave gives recommendations and reviews on travel, wine/spirits/beer, cuisine, spas, hotels, theater, books, and more.
Forget trying to find Sex in the City, that’s easy to get in any metropolis. But scoring a great martini? That’s a whole other drama. Stop anyone on the street in Indianapolis and they’ll tell you a place or two rather well known for martinis in town. But, are they the best…or just the best known?
Like that elusive great love, sometimes the hunt (and the wait) is worth the effort. Can there possibly be a place traditionally known for something else yet serve a great martini to boot? A martini so good you can’t believe more people don’t know about it?
Searching for the ultimate martini places in the Indy area, I found six spots with reputations for other menu items. Eateries that have the goods but keep the popular libation cloaked in secrecy much like super heroes (or attractive big screen spies) have alter egos in public.
Not necessarily your grandfather or dad’s version, either. Nowadays, as with so many other things, traditional martinis are no longer the norm. Ask for one these days and you can expect to hear, “Vodka, gin or rum?”
When did it change from the old-fashioned martini? You know the one: gin, bitters and Vermouth with an onion or olive. That drink has gone the same path as the three-martini power lunches. The reason is as simple as time. According to the bartenders asked, “Things evolve.”
So where are these top-notch liquid treats? Choosing the spot depends entirely on your mood, of course. But be assured all six are worthy of James Bond, Carrie Bradshaw and…you.
Mood: Self Indulgent
Martini:Salted caramel chocolate
Why:If you’ve ever had salted chocolate-covered caramels, you’ll understand
Runner-up: Pomegranate-heavy on the pomegranate for nutritional purposes
Where: 127 S. Illinois St., t: 635-0636; w: StElmos.com
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine andthe following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.
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Elizabeth J. Musgraveis a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.