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When you go to Indianapolis Colts Grille, you get more than a boring old sports bar serving tired wings and potato skins – you get a restaurant that offers an experience that’s dedicated to the fan.

A staple of sports-themed establishments is numerous televisions broadcasting multiple sports at once. Indianapolis Colts Grille is no exception and has a $500,000 audio/visual hub that has 12 satellites feeding sports to 65 high-definition televisions.

“We have five sound zones, so say you’re coming in on college football day, we can make it so the games aren’t competing with one another,” said Padraig Cullen, executive chef of the Indianapolis Colts Grille. “And we have PlayStations, just in case you want to play a little Madden while you’re here.”

Paying homage to the game of football is also pigskin walls, the football shaped bar area, sports memorabilia and autographs from sports legends who have visited the restaurant, such as Jerome Bettis and Marshall Faulk.

If someone wants to have a private party or a business meeting, they can simply borrow Jim Irsay’s private room equipped with Skype, 3D television, private service and more.

While Indianapolis Colts Grille seems like a male paradise, Cullen said the restaurant has elements that are attractive to female customers. The restaurant is practically a shrine to the Colts, yet the décor is sophisticated and upscale. The menu will also wow the ladies with out-of-the-box selections while simultaneously offering meals that can successfully feed a hungry, manly football fan.

Indianapolis Colts Grille has 40 taps and has the largest local beer selection in Indy. Guests can also choose a drink from its extensive wine and liquor list that has a significant amount of beverages from the Midwest. Colts Grille also offers locally sourced food so you know exactly where your meal came from.

One of its top selling items is the Colt Burger, one of the chef’s specials. It’s the signature house blend of short rib and chuck infused with bacon. Other delicious items include the sweet pork lettuce wrap and the Jail Island Salmon made with brioche dusted salmon, ratatouille and scallion butter.

The Sriracha shrimp flatbread and the turkey burger made with avocado, roasted tomatoes, onions, butter lettuce and lemon mayo sounds great as well.

For those who must have traditional sports bar food, they offer items like wings and nachos.

Chef Cullen chose an interesting selection of menu items for me to sample. Before I dug into the bounty of food, I snacked on edamame, which I must admit was the first time I had ever tried a soybean. The snack had a brown sugar and teriyaki sauce that made the delicious treat almost addictive.

I then tried boneless wings with Asian sauce that was divine. After that, I dug into the fried chicken, which had an herb cream sauce, silky mashed potatoes with corn and fresh spinach. I finished off my tasting with the Ahi tuna burger, lightly blackened, seared rare with sweet and spicy Asian slaw, wasabi mayo served with a house salad on the side.

All of the dishes were phenomenal!

I’m a Hoosier to the core, but I tried the Upland Boilermaker as my drink. It’s made with Maker’s Mark, Upland Wheat beer, peach liquor, sour mix, oranges and fresh mint. I must say the drink was amazingly good.

Indianapolis Colts Grille’s prices were comparable to other restaurants with items such as the edamame for $6 all the way to $36 for a 16-ounce ribeye steak.

Indianapolis Colts Grille is great for watching the home team play, a business lunch or a great meal while spending time downtown.

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