Originally Posted by SField
I'd strongly suggest you forgo Indiana and consider Atlanta. That is a new hotbed, and there's so many great chefs there you could work for and still live somewhat affordably. Cleveland is a good idea too, but in all honesty Atlanta would be far superior of a choice.
Good point in that Indianapolis doesn't seem to appreciate fine dining as do other major cities. The best restaurants here are good, but pale in comparison to ones in most other cities of similar size. This is in large part due to clientele not supporting high end restaurants, IMO. Something Different was outstanding, but it didn't get enough business to stay open. Oakley's is very good, and my favorite in Indy, but it doesn't come close to similar restaurants in other cities, Babbos for example.