Tales from the Trails Blog

  • Café Batar, if I wrote poetry, I would write an ode to you, your salads, pork chops, and especially my newest addiction, your butter cookies!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 — By Admin

    Café Batar IS the unexpected! Alt Text When you arrive back the unassuming gravel driveway, you are stepping into another world. The setting borders the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge and wildlife is what you will see. From deer and Batars pet turkey to several types of birds frequenting the lush flower gardens, relaxation is the name of the game. Feel free to amble through the flower gardens. Sit. Relax or pick up supplied binoculars and bird watch for a bit. Slow down. When you enter the tea room you will be asked to turn off your cell phone. The tranquility of the interior greets you. In the intimate dining areas you notice that everyone is moving at a more sedate pace and enjoying the surroundings as much as the food. Sit down. Exhale. Enjoy the décor.

    My favorite is the Salad Fruit Plate. The white meat only chicken salad chopped with a light dressing was wonderful and served with pasta salad, assorted fresh fruit and the Café Batar Cream Cheese Spread and flatbread crackers. My guest had the Chick-On-Nest homemade chicken salad on a large butter croissant. It looked and tasted dazzling. While sipping the cranberry raspberry iced tea, I watched the birds playing outside the window. We also tried the Quiche of the week, made fresh daily. The crust was perfect. I enjoyed the Chefs Special, which was Baked Pork Chops. The dish came with real mashed potatoes and homemade gravy. The chops were seasoned to perfection and fork tender. An absolute must! The unexpected is not only the vintage table cloths, but also that your food is served on vintage Wedgewood China. We wrapped up our meal with the Raspberry Chocolate Cake, which was a truly grand way to end any meal. It was unbelievably good.

    When you are finished, stroll through the gift shop, check out the great tea accessories and many unique girly items. Wonder over to the Batar Sweet counter. William Dean Chocolates are always in stock, along with melt-in-your-mouth fudge, cake balls and butter cookies! These cookies are like the ones you grandma made. They are simple and decadent and come in a variety of gorgeous designs. Special orders are welcome, as well as small get-togethers. A variety of events are held through the season.