Re: Indianapolis folks
I’ve been to both St. Elmo's and Ruth Chris. I would definitely recommend St. Elmo’s over Ruth Chris. Ruth Chris is good but it’s a chain restaurant and can eat at one at several different cities. St Elmo’s is unique as it’s the only one there is, definitely try the shrimp cocktail (if you do like spicy) but be careful as it does have a “kick” to it.
As far as the monument lighting, I've never been to the actual lighting but was in the area one year (I think to go out to eat) so I don't know for sure what they do after the actual lighting. I can tell you to expect lots of traffic and lots of people. I would recommend getting there early.