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The Food Network has discovered one of my favorite Indianapolis restaurants:

Chefs and foodies travel all over the
world to experience the best culinary fare, and Dr. BBQ believes St. Elmo
Steak House's shrimp cocktail is the best thing he has ever eaten. The
Indianapolis favorite will join the ranks of echelon dishes celebrated on the
Food Network show, "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.
during a segment taping at the restaurant.

Be warned, though; you'd better like horseradish. The shrimp cocktail has enough zing to bring tears to your eyes. The navy bean soup and house dressing -- Italian with chunks of bleu cheese -- are the first courses I enjoy there. I prefer the shrimp cocktail at the Rib Room here in Fort Wayne -- it's got some spunk but won't burn your mouth out. I usually get some crackers so I can finish off the sauce after the shrimp are gone.