The first time I tried the Shrimp Cocktail at St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis, let’s just say I wasn’t smiling, at least not initially. That’s not to say it’s a terrible appetizer. It’s actually quite good…just very hot! (although this thermal image says otherwise).
The cocktail sauce contains so much horseradish that it is barely even red, more like a light pink, but that can be difficult to discern in the low light of the restaurant (which I think they do on purpose to help hide the sauce’s true power, but I can’t prove it!).
At the time it was my first St. Elmo experience and I didn’t know then that the restaurant is famous for it…and the heat it brings when an amateur patron scoops up too much of it for their first bite. The upside, any sinus issues I might have been experiencing at the time were immediately cured.
This time I was prepared, and while in town last week for a Level I thermography course, I had to stop by and try it again. Dinner at St. Elmo is a must for anyone who travels to Indianapolis looking for a great meal and a relaxing evening, especially after a full day of infrared training. I look forward to returning.