Let’s be honest: there’s nothing quite like home cooked meals. Going out to eat is great, but it’s always just a little more special when you find a great mom and pop style restaurant to cook you a home cooked meal that feels like you’re visiting family or friends. Mom and pop restaurants exist all over our state, but in case you’re not sure what’s what, here’s a list of 11 amazing options for home cooked meals when eating out in Indiana:
1. The Country Cafe - Lafayette
With the slogan, "Good Home Cooking Family Restaurant," you know what to expect from the moment you open the menu. The Country Cafe offers great breakfast and brunch, as well as phenomenal hospitality. I'm not sure which you'll love more: the incredible service or the home cooked food.
2. Hobnob Corner Restaurant - Nashville
Hobnob is a local legend in the small, artistic community of Nashville, Indiana. This restaurant prides itself on good home cooked food, excellent service, and spectacular presentation. From comfort food to ethnic dishes and vegetarian friendly items, Hobnob has exactly what you're dreaming of on their menu.
3. Maxi's Food & Spirits Barn - South Bend
Maxi's is a great local place located in South Bend, Indiana. From atmosphere to drinks to hospitality to home cooked specialties, Maxi's gets top marks! Many claim this local haunt has the best prime rib and BBQ around, so I suggest you put Maxi's to the test!
4. Bruner's Family Restaurant - Muncie
Bruner's is a great place in Muncie to relax and enjoy a well-crafted home cooked meal. From Hoosier favorites like the tenderloin sandwich to chipped beef and pot roast, you'll find great local cooking and excellent service here.
5. Between the Bun - Greenwood
This local burger joint in central Indiana may not look like much from the outside, but once you step inside, you know you've entered somewhere special. They have a great menu specializing in burgers, dogs, and other sandwiches, as well as local beer. Warning: this place gets crowded, but is well worth the wait! If you can't wait, try placing a to go order instead.
6. Turoni's Pizzery and Brewery - Evansville
Local pizza + beer...what could be better? Turoni's is a great spot to hang out, unwind, and enjoy some great homemade pizza and pub foods. This place is a staple in Evansville and should you ever find yourself in south western Indiana, is well worth a stop for lunch or dinner.
7. Cloverleaf Family Restaurant - Bloomington
This mom and pop diner has been in business for 30+ years and provides Bloomington with home cooked, all-day breakfast options. This greasy spoon exceeds expectations and will offer you a great dining experience.
8. The Tin Lizzie Cafe - Richmond
The TIn Lizzie Cafe is a mom and pop restaurant featuring great rotating daily, home cooked specials. They use local, fresh vegetables in their recipes and have some amazing reubens to try. This family-owned cafe is a local favorite in eastern Indiana.
9. Phat Phil's - Crown Point
Known for their sandwiches, Phat Phil's in Crown Point is an awesome mom and pop restaurant to try. From spicy beef and pulled pork to brisket, burgers, and more, you'll instantly fall in love with these rotating home cooked creations. Be sure to top your order with their house made BBQ sauces, as well!
10. Santorini Greek Kitchen - Indianapolis
This award winning, family owned mom and pop restaurant in Indianapolis has arguably the best Greek food around. With options like hummus, kabobs, and gyros, to more intriguing and authentic Greek dishes, this home cooked meal is bound to be one you never forget.
11. The Italian Connection - Fort Wayne
The Italian Connection is an amazing little mom and pop Italian restaurant with amenities galore. Aside from outstanding Italian home cooked cuisine and desserts, the chef himself also loves to entertain patrons with karaoke and singing. You'll come back again and again after experiencing this great, welcoming atmosphere, fantastic wine, and incredible cuisine!
Alright, which of these home cooked meals are you ready to try? Have you ever been to any of these amazing Indiana mom and pop restaurants!?