Let’s face it, one of the most important aspects of living anywhere is knowing the best places to eat. Whether you live in Indiana or you are just passing through, you need to know where to eat. I did a little digging and found a list of 12 restaurants that are unique to Indiana and well worth a trip to!
1. Bonge’s Tavern (Perkinsville)
Bonge’s Tavern is definitely not a place you want to go if you are looking to get seated quickly. In fact, it is extremely common for you to spend as much as two hours waiting for a table. That being said, waiting for your table is part of the experience at this tavern. Bring some friends and enjoy tailgating festivities in the parking lot while you wait for a table. Fresh seafood and the most delicious pork tenderloin you will taste in Indiana are waiting for you.
2. The Overlook Restaurant & Lounge (Leavenworth)
The physical address of this restaurant is 1153 West State Road 62, Leavenworth. The restaurant offers their guests a panoramic view of the Ohio River that extends for 20 miles. If you want delicious food and a beautiful view while you're eating, this place is great!
3. The Rathskeller (Indianapolis)
The physical address of this restaurant is 401 E. Michigan St. Indianapolis. The theme of this dining establishment is historic and it's set in the 19th century. If you want to enjoy a little Bavarian flair in downtown Indianapolis, this is the place for you to eat your next meal. In addition to being a place to eat, this is also an inn and a lively beer hall.
4. Das Dutchman Essenhaus (Middlebury)
It just doesn’t get much more unique than Das Dutchman Essenhaus (and no, I have no idea how to say the name of this cute little family-style restaurant.) If you like Amish style meals, you're going to love what this place has to offer. Each of their dinners comes with your choice of drink and a huge piece of pie as the dessert. They even have lunch and dinner buffets! Yum!
5. Yogi's Grill & Bar
If you live anywhere near Bloomington, you are going to want to check this place for their beer. With more than 50 different craft beers on tap, they offer the best selection in the area! I’m actually pretty happy eating from their tasty starters menu with the mini-corn dogs, broccoli poppers, chicken tenders, nachos, cheese sticks, chips, beer cheese, and boneless chicken wings. Delicious!
6. Mountain Jacks (Lafayette)
The physical address for this old-school steakhouse is 4211 IN-26, Lafayette. Easily one of the best steakhouses in Lafayette. Whether you want a juicy steak or some delicious prime ribs, your mouth is going to be watering the moment you walk through the door. The food tastes as good as this place smells!
7. Mirage Grill (Merrillville)
This place is located at 510 W Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville. This is the place to be if you want to enjoy delicious Mediterranean cuisine. I think I speak for everyone when I say they have amazing Falafel!
8. Corndance Tavern (Mishawaka)
The physical address of this tavern is 4725 Grape Rd, Mishawaka. They have a comfortable and country style atmosphere and their menu is filled with generous and familiar dishes. You are guaranteed to leave with a fully belly.
9. Cerulean Restaurant (Winona Lake & Indianapolis)
“Cerulean through food” is the theme behind this dining establishment. You will experience a sense of joy eating here because of just how happy and upbeat the place is. The food is also delicious. The only way to truly grasp what this place has to offer is to come to one of their locations and enjoy!
10. Limestone Café (Bedford)
This cozy little café located in Bedford, Indiana. The physical address if you are thinking about stopping by is 1015 16th Street. It is considered a fine dining restaurant and they take pride in using fresh produce in their dishes.
11. SoBro Café (Indianapolis)
So, I live in Indianapolis and I’ve never actually eaten at SoBro Café. However, I have some friends and family members who speak very highly of the place. It is an especially healthy and vegetarian café that is great if you are looking for a lot of non-meat meals. The physical address for this particular establishment is 653 E 52nd St, Indianapolis.
12. Lucrezia Café (Chesterton & Crown Pointe)
Lucrezia Café and Restaurant is a pretty interesting and unique place to eat because they offer a relaxed and electric atmosphere with friendly prices. What I really like about the restaurant is the rich history behind the name. You should seriously ask one of the servers about the history while you are there!
Have you ever eaten at any of these places before? Which one is your favorite? Are you making plans to go to one of them now? Please wipe the drool from your chin and leave a comment for me! Feel free to tell me about any restaurants you think should be featured in an article!