Sometimes big things come in small packages, especially when it comes to restaurants. Most Hoosiers know by now not to judge a restaurant by its exterior, but sometimes tiny restaurants just look too small to deliver amazing food. Of course, these 12 tiny restaurants prove this stereotype wrong by offering superb service, excellent food, and a fantastic atmosphere.
1. Bravas - Fort Wayne
Bravas is famous in Fort Wayne for their fresh burgers (whether beef or veggie). You can't go wrong with their patatas bravas or mac n' cheese as a side choice. You can find them at 3412 Fairfield Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46807.
2. Jefferson Street BBQ - Converse
Jefferson Street BBQ is easily one of the best little smokehouses in Indiana. Sure, you might wait a bit on Fridays or Saturdays, but you'll be so glad you did. Try their famous pulled pork nachos, jalapeno corn bread, brisket, or any number of their famous sandwiches (...and don't forget the napkins). Check them out at 101 N Jefferson St, Converse, IN 46919.
3. Spice Box - Indianapolis
For great Indian food, Spice Box is worth the squeeze. This space was opened after the success of the Spice Box food truck took off (with another tiny location in the City Market). You have to try their tikka masala, Indian tacos, and paneer. Think you can handle the heat? Visit them at 719 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203.
4. The New White Steamer - Washington
This dive in Washington, Indiana definitely doesn't look like much from the outside, but anyone who's ever been here can tell you that The New White Steamer is the real deal. Their simple, yet tasty burgers have been satisfying residents for decades. Their tenderloin and fish sandwiches are also top notch. Try them out at 21 E Main St, Washington, IN 47501.
5. Tony Impellizzeri's Pizza - Sellersburg
Tony's in Sellersburg has arguably some of the best deep dish pizza you'll find in all of Indiana. Though they can only seat around 30 people at a time, you'll be impressed with their huge portions and high quality ingredients. Seriously, the proof is in the pizza! Test them out at 5170 Charlestown Rd, Ste 100, Sellersburg, IN 47172.
6. That Sandwich Place - Nashville
Whether you stop in for breakfast or lunch, you'll fall in love with the charm and quaintness of That Sandwich Place. From their biscuits and gravy to their hot ham and cheese, this cozy restaurant aims to please with their simple selections. Taste them at 15 S Van Buren St, Nashville, IN 47448.
7. Ben and Penny's - Newburgh
Ben and Penny's is a tiny place that's well known for their sandwiches and ice cream. While their breakfast sandwiches are their most raved about, their lunch sandwiches are not only well plated; they're also delicious! Next time you're in southern Indiana, visit them at 20 Water St, Newburgh, IN 47630.
8. Lumpy's Cafe - Cambridge City
With hand breaded Hoosier tenderloins and an attention to detail that most large restaurants lack, Lumpy's Cafe in Cambridge City is a true gem. With hours ranging from breakfast to lunch time, be sure to double check before heading over. You can try this tasty tenderloin at 20 S Foote St, Cambridge City, IN.
9. Ricky's Taqueria - Elkhart
This dive in Elkhart has some of the best authentic, fast Mexican food around. Expect to cozy up to strangers to get a seat, but trust me, once you try their tacos, you won't mind. Hurry up and visit them at 57995 County Rd 9, Elkhart, IN 46517.
10. Tacos My Fren - La Porte
For great burritos, tacos, and more, everyone near La Porte knows to go to Tacos My Fren. Even their salsa is a step above most other Mexican restaurants. Try for yourself at 709 Michigan Ave, La Porte, IN 46350.
11. The Brick - Jonesville
The Brick in Joneseville's name stems from the structure's brick-like shape. This tiny restaurant is known for its fantastic burgers and chili. Make sure you bring cash when you visit them at 309 Walnut St, Jonesville, IN 47247.
12. South of Chicago - Indianapolis
With an owner from Chicago, you know this food is bound to be good. South of Chicago is well known in central Indiana for their Italian beef sandwiches, deep dish Chicago-style pizza, and garlic bread. With locations now in Fishers and Noblesville, you need to give one of these tiny places a try.
Have you ever eaten at any of these delicious tiny restaurants? What other tiny restaurants in Indiana did we miss? Let us know!