For 51 years, Chaperral Café owner Shirley Bailey has manned the kitchen at her downtown Shelbyville eatery. She gets there at 3:30 a.m. each morning to open the doors and start cooking breakfast for regulars who stop in for their coffee, bacon and eggs, or biscuits and gravy. And she doesn’t stop cooking — or… Continue reading.
The aptly named Scenic View Restaurant in Bloomington has an ample and varied menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, pastas, brunch items, drinks and desserts. But that’s not the only reason folks flock there. A major draw for this eatery just 10 minutes from the Indiana University campus is its location overlooking Lake Monroe which… Continue reading.
In small cities and towns all around America, the town square is the heart of the community. It’s a gathering place for area residents and offers an opportunity for locally owned stores and restaurants to conveniently serve customers and thrive. Columbia City’s town square features the aptly named eatery, The Square. Located in a historic… Continue reading.
Vincennes, Indiana, is the site of our state’s first university, first newspaper and first bank. It’s also home to a charming lunch spot where you’ll be tempted to eat your dessert, you guessed it, first. Pea-fections, located in Vincennes’ downtown, just steps from the George Rogers Clark Memorial, is a culinary mecca for foodies with… Continue reading.
Locally-owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants are a foodie’s dream — and as Indiana Eats has discovered, our state is blessed with many unique dining options. For those who enjoy a tasty smoked meat meal, Holy Smoke Hog Roast in downtown Martinsville is a must-visit destination. Owners Roger and Mary Lawrence describe their fare as safe, wholesome, simple,… Continue reading.
In the days of horse-drawn carriages, the Greensburg carriage house was a place to park your ride. This former spot for steeds to sit back and relax is now a Decatur County restaurant halfway between Indianapolis and Cincinnati to which barbecue fans often giddy up and go. After a successful run of smoked meat sales… Continue reading.
What started as a saucy zinger in marital arguments between John and Sharon Kurtz became their restaurant’s namesake. For nearly 30 years, Little Sheba’s has been a mainstay in the historic Depot District of Richmond on Indiana’s eastern border. The eatery is a few steps from the World’s Largest Chair and the Indiana Football Hall… Continue reading.
All-day dining CHRISTOS’ DÉCOR DRAWS YOU IN, THE FOOD MAKES YOU GLAD YOU CAME Since the 1980s, Christo’s Family Dining in Plymouth has been serving up delicious, American-style food in an welcoming atmosphere. Christo’s architectural elements, both inside and out, are notably stunning. When you pull into the parking lot, you’re immediately greeted by the… Continue reading.
State Sen. Ron Alting likens the Midtowne Oven Restaurant in his hometown of Lafayette to an evening in the Big Easy — even though this highly rated hangout is in Purdue Boilermaker country. “The ambience reminds me of a New Orleans setting with large windows so you may dine while looking outside,” Alting said. Though… Continue reading.
Long gone are the days when you could savor an ice cream soda or sundae at an honest-to-goodness ice cream parlor/soda fountain — that is, unless you visit Zaharakos in Columbus, Indiana. This national historic landmark is known not only for its creamy homemade ice cream, but for its unparalleled atmosphere. Originally, it was a… Continue reading.
Bedford is in the heart of Southern Indiana’s world famous limestone country. And the aptly named Limestone Cafe, a culinary treasure that garners consistent high marks from its diners, is in the heart of downtown Bedford. The homey eatery, open only for breakfast and lunch, is not just acclaimed for its tasty food; patrons like… Continue reading.
Looking for a creative twist to a fine dining experience? Corndance Tavern in Mishawaka, a farm-to-table favorite of foodies in northern Indiana, is renowned not only for specialities like bison and elote corn (fire roasted with lime juice, mayo, ancho chile, cilantro and cotija cheese) but for its even more unusual fare. Take the restaurant’s… Continue reading.
When ribs, pork, chicken and brisket are carefully rubbed with a secret blend of spices and are slow cooked over hickory wood for up to 14 hours, something magical happens. They emerge as smokehouse masterpieces. At Pappy’s Bar-B-Que, an Old West-inspired eatery in Brazil, Indiana, you can enjoy the succulent meaty rewards of a painstaking… Continue reading.