Welcome to the Indiana Foodways, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the celebration, promotion and preservation of the authentic food culture of Indiana. We are a membership organization of inquisitive eaters, good cooks, culinary historians, chefs, food journalists, restaurateurs, culinary tourists, artisans and manufacturers.
Our membership encompasses a field to table spectrum from agriculture to fine dining, with emphasis on all the specialty foods, farm markets, diners and hands-on restaurants in between that are so dear to the hearts of Midwesterners who love real food.
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018
Written by Ashley Gregory
(Photos coming soon!)
Walking down Main Street in historic downtown Lafayette you will come across many wonderful local businesses and restaurants but one that really stands out is the East End Grill. As it states in the name, it's on the East End of Main Street between 10th and 11th Streets. As you walk by, you are welcomed by inviting outdoor seating and stately lanterns on the front of the building. As you enter, you see a large open area decorated with industrial, urban features. This is something you would expect to see in a larger city such as Chicago or Indianapolis. The owners really wanted something urban and modern but also something that was classic and would blend well with the block's history. The buildings on that block date from the 1870's after all.
The food here matches the atmosphere, with a more upscale feel than most places yet still casual. The owner has traveled across the U.S. but has spent most of his career in the South. Therefore, you will find, many of the dishes has a Southern flare, such as their famous Shrimp and Grits and another guest favorite, BBQ Ribs. While there, our group ordered a good mix of items. To start we tried a couple appetizers, the House Cut Fries and Arancini Balls. The tables at East End are designed to be a bit larger than usual with sharing in mind, which is exactly what we did with the appetizers (and of course we tried each other's meals too, they were too good not to share!). The House Cut Fries were perfectly cooked, thin cut fries. Crisp on the outside and smooth and soft on the inside dusted with Parmesan and herbs. The fries are served with a wonderful roasted garlic aioli dipping sauce, which in our opinion was so much better than ketchup. The Arancini Balls are lightly battered saffron risotto balls covered with house made Bolognese sauce and served over Pomodoro sauce. Again, it was crisp and crunchy on the outside yet smooth and creamy on the inside. We loved the flavor and the texture of these balls.
After the appetizers we were getting pretty full, yet we couldn't resist the entrée items. We each had something different; the Crab Cake Salad, Shrimp and Grits and the East End Burger. The Crab Cake Salad was a large, meaty, flawlessly crisp lump crab cake served over field greens and corn salsa. The dressing is a Remoulade and Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, which was sweet and creamy. This dish was full of flavor and really made an otherwise boring salad, something exciting, fun and filling. The Shrimp and Grits was delicious! I'm not a grits person at all and usually curl my lip at it, but my friend encouraged me to try this and I was very surprised. The flavor was amazing and the texture, which is usually what gets me, was silky and smooth. It does have a bit of a kick for my very wimpy palate, but I would even consider ordering it in the future. It was very cheesy and served with smoking goose tasso ham, roasted red peppers and green onions. My friend just calls it "yumminess!". Now for the East End Burger. The presentation of this burger is fantastic. I had to pause a moment to figure out how I wanted to eat it as it was as tall if not taller than my hand turned on its side. The meat and other toppings were perfectly and evenly portioned. A huge slice of tomato and large chunky slice of sweet pickle topped Applewood smoked bacon, 8 ounces of prime beef, cheddar cheese and baby greens. The flavor was amazing, I couldn't help but lick my lips to make sure I got every morsel of flavor after every bite. We are told that the Wagyu Burger is even better than the regular East End Burger. While they were not offering the Wagyu Burger the day we were there, we are told it will be back on the menu very soon. We can't wait to try that one as well.
We walked out of East End Grill fully satisfied and very pleased with our meal. We cannot wait to return and try some of the other offerings such as the Cutting Board, Wagyu Burger, Pan Roasted Salmon, East End Pastrami Cobb Salad and the BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs, not to mention the dessert items! We were too full for dessert, but they sounded delicious! There is a good variety of menu options for everyone, but they are also very open to working with special diets or religious beliefs that prohibit certain items. Those that like to make dining reservations can easily do so with East End Grill's online reservation system powered by RESERVE, found on the homepage of their website or social media pages. I know I will be going back very soon! If you go, be sure to tell us what you loved!
Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018
By: Blake Watson, Staff Writer, Jay County Visitor & Tourism Bureau
Midwestern Favorites Served at Koffee Kup Diner
Delbert Beals, a Portland Businessman started his Diner at the current location of Koffee Kup Diner, 301 North Meridian Street around 1964. Beals' restaurant enterprise grew, and he became a well-known local restaurateur offering customers with a full menu of delicious food. A young lady, Kathy Davidson began working for Beals' restaurant at the young age of 18 years old in 1968. Davidson became familiarized as a waitress with taking orders from customers and learning how to produce and prepare tasty dishes. Her passion for learning the behind-the-scenes operation of a diner also grew.
After leaving the restaurant business for some years, when the opportunity arose, Davidson purchased Beals' Diner around 2006. From her experience at working for Beals many years earlier, she continued to realize that this was her calling and passion to serve families and individual customers in the restaurant business. Davidson renamed the restaurant to Koffee Kup Diner, which matched well with the first letter in her first name, Kathy. As a new restaurant owner, she decided to preserve the interior of the Diner in reverence to its retro-feel with a few important and essential upgrades. Davidson's business mission, which she still pledges is to serve high-quality homecooked meals, where customers feel like they are being served from her own personal kitchen at home. Customers are welcomed by friendly staff and have the choice to sit at either table or booth seating. If you are in a rush or prefer to order from home, Customers can take advantage of ordering from the Koffee Kup Diner's extensive To-Go Menu.
Koffee Kup Diner is always found bustling with customers during its business hours. Davidson remarked that not only does her Diner have a strong following of local "regulars", but it also is home to those familiar "regulars" who visit annually for the Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Show, Vintage Bike Show and many other heavily attended, local events around Portland. Today, the Diner is known for its 1960s Charm, along with serving many Midwestern favorites, including mouth-watering Jumbo Breaded Tenderloins, Beef & Noodles, Biscuits & Gravy and a wide selection of homemade Pies.
The Diner is a proud Member of the Indiana Foodways Alliance and the Hoosier Pie Trail. Current Diner Business Hours are Mondays through Fridays, 5:30 AM to 4 PM, Saturdays, 5:30 AM to 2 PM and Sundays, 7 AM to 1 PM. If you would like to inquire further about the Diner or place a To-Go Order, Customers are encouraged to call the Diner at 260-726-3800.
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018
Check out the Indiana Secretary of State's MoneyWise June Issue featuring Indiana Foodways Alliance.