If you’ve got a hankering for a delightful blast from the past — along with fantastic food and desserts — take a trip back through time and venture just west of Muncie to Cammack, Indiana. There you’ll find a quaint brick building that was built in 1931 and was formerly the home of multiple fueling stations and groceries. When you turn on West Jackson Street and spot an array of historic gas pumps and antique trailers, you’ll know you’ve reached Cammack Station.
Described on the restaurant’s website as “a place where friends gather, people smile and the nostalgic presence is a welcome break from today’s chain restaurants,” Cammack Station celebrates “a simpler time,” and the inside of the building is filled with eye-catching memorabilia and antiques.
Owner Dick Howe purchased the structure and converted it into a restaurant in 2007. A second renovation occurred in 2009, along with an expansion to accommodate additional seating, kitchen space and storage. In 2015, Howe brought in Shane Shafer as general manager, and Howe said that “due to Shafer’s strong work ethic and dedication to the restaurant, it needed another addition in 2021.” Cammack Station now seats 165 people inside, and there are also plans for future additions.
When it comes time to order, classic comfort food such as a breaded tenderloin or burger will hit the spot, and side dishes including tater tots, loaded cheese fries and breaded mushrooms are the perfect complement. All of the restaurant’s food is made to order, using local beef, pork and vegetables — and zero frozen meats.
As for dessert, a scoop of ice cream is always a good idea; hand-dipped and made by Sundae’s Homemade Ice Cream in small batches, you’ll find a rotating selection of flavors that might include “Graham Cammack Station,” “Hoosier Buckeye” or “Bing Cherry Chip.” The eatery’s most popular dessert is strawberry shortcake, made with thick, homemade cake and freshly cut strawberries, topped with soft-serve ice cream and whipped cream.
You can enjoy your meal inside while grooving to some oldies, or if the weather is nice, there is a brick patio outdoors.
“We hope once you visit, you’ll never forget your experience and you’ll be sure to ‘Cammack and see us,’” Howe said.
Cammack Station is currently operating under summer hours until Oct. 31 and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. For the latest information, visit cammackstation.com.
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9200 W. Jackson St., Muncie