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IFWA in Wall Street JournalTrails for Those Hungry for Adventure—or Ice Cream
East End Double Dip, Peru
Needing a cool treat this summer in the Peru area? Go where the locals go, East End Double Dip, you won’t be disappointed! I love ice cream and am always on the look out to try new places so when I came across this place, I jumped at the chance to try something new! There are so many options to choose from, I had a hard time deciding, I’ll have to go back when I’m not as full from lunch!
They are really known for their fountain drinks as well as their ice cream treats, especially their Lifesaver Sprite. It’s a sprite with pineapple, cherry, orange, raspberry and watermelon flavoring, YUM! This visit though, I was intrigued by the "Beagle Parfait" and just had to know what it was. The person working that day described it as
Mr. Weenie, Peru's Welcoming Mascot
I’ve been in Peru many times now and every time I drive in to downtown I pass this friendly sign of a smiling hot dog or weenie in bow tie and hat and it always brings a smile to my face. You just can’t help but smile when you see it. Well, this last trip, I was finally able to stop and try Mr. Weenie!
My Pizza My Way, Peru
Craving Pizza? Get it just the way you like it at My Pizza My Way in Peru, IN! If you are in a hurry, they have an awesome pizza and salad bar with fresh items rotating through often. Have a special pizza you love that’s not on the pizza bar? Request it, they will get it up for you as quick as they can. Have a little more time? Order your own pizza just the way you like it! Ready to try something a little different? Their Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza is the thing for you! It’s ranch dressing instead of tomato sauce with lots of cheese and good portions of chicken and bacon. Delicious!
A different kind of tenderloin at Cooley's Bar and Grill, Peru, IN
Indiana is known for breaded tenderloin sandwiches but what about a breaded tenderloin with BBQ sauce, bacon and provolone cheese on it? Well, that is what you will find on the City Hall Sandwich at Cooley’s Bar and Grill in Peru, IN. Are you thinking, "that is weird"? Well, it tastes more amazing than you can imagine and puts a very different spin on your typical boring breaded tenderloin. Enjoy it with a side of their specialty fries or onion straws and you’ve got it made!
Cooley’s is a bar, so you have to be 21 years of age or older to enter, which is a shame for all those younger folks as they won’t be able to enjoy this great food but us older folks are sure lucky! Besides the City Hall Sandwich, among their most popular menu items, you will find their "Bodacious Burger", which is very similar if pork tenderloins aren’t your thing.
Real Food, Real Indiana
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