Tales from the Trails Blog

  • Support Local This Memorial Day Weeken! Take A Picnic Via Carry-Out.

    Posted on Friday, May 22, 2020 — By Admin

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    Memorial Day is the kick off to the Summer season. This year is different for so many with social distancing in play. Even though this holiday may not look the same, visiting our Indiana State Parks can be a reprieve from not so normal times.

    Spending time outdoors with family and friends can relieve stress. This Memorial Day take a picnic to an Indiana State Park by ordering carry-out from one of IFA's Culinary Trails.

    From the Just Cruisin' Trail featuring old car hops restaurants to the Hoosier BBQ Trail, one of the 21 Culinary Trails will satisfy your appetite.

    Happy Eating!

    Please note to call or check social media for most updated hours and model of business.

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  • Sodalicious Jigsaw Puzzle

    Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2020 — By Admin

    Want something fun to fill your time? Check out this cool photo jigsaw puzzle of ZwanzigZ Pizza and Brewing in Columbus. We love them on our Za' Pizza and Sodalicious Trails. They feature handcrafted brews, pizzas and sodas!

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  • Easter Goods

    Posted on Monday, April 6, 2020 — By Admin

    Easter is right around the corner! Are you still in need of Easter goods? Below are statewide businesses offering Easter goods from Indiana Foodways Alliance Members.

    Blue Gate Restaurant Shipshewana, IN

    Details: Goods for Easter Shipping: Order online or carry out available

    Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery Danville, IN

    Details: Sweets for Easter Shipping: Order online or carry-out

    South Bend Chocolates

    Details: Easter Chocolates and Candy - All baskets are 40% off! Come in and pick out a special basket for your family or give us a call and we will ship it/deliver it to you! 574-287-0725

    Shipping: Please note: They can ship to PHYSICAL ADDRESSES ONLY. They can not ship to P.O. Boxes.

    Good's Candy Shop Anderson, IN

    Details: Easter Candy, Chocolate Bunnies, Eggs and other assortment

    Shipping: Order online with FREE shipping. Order immediately, UPS cannot guarantee timely delivery. You may call us at 765-642-7247 to place your FREE shipping order. Over the phone order, place your order and they will bring it to your car with our handy curbside service. Call and place your order of $50 or more, and they will deliver to your home for FREE. (within city limits)

    Wick's Pie Company

    Details: Available in Mrs. Wick's Restaurant, in grocery stores and Online Ordering. Shipping: Carry-out and Shipping Available.

    Bread Box Cafe Shipshewana

    Details: Baked Goods For Easter Dinner Shipping Details: Online Ordering Only, Shipping available

    Charlie's Caramel Corn and Candy Shop

    Details: Gifts for Easter Shipping: Walk in or ship to residence

    Ghyslain

    Details: Chocolates and Candy for Easter Shipping: Shipping to residence via USPS, FEDEX, UPS

    McCord Candies

    Details: Chocolates and Candy for Easter Shipping: Feel free to place your order online.

    Linne's Bakery

    Details: Easter Bakery Items Shipping: Carry-Out Available

    Schimpff's Confectionery

    Details: Candy and Chocolates Shipping: Walk-in, Online Ordering and Shipping Available

    Lowery's Candies

    Details: Candy for Easter Shipping: Shipping to residence via USPS, FEDEX, UPS. Also offering touchless ordering and curbside pick-up. Via our website or telephone, you can easily place your order and we will notify you when it is ready for pick-up via telephone. Further, online orders have the availability for shipment.

    Tuttle Orchards

    Details: Goods for Easter Shipping: USPS, FEDEX, UPS Online/Phone Order + Curbside Pickup available

    Gray Brothers Cafeteria

    Details: Easter Dinner and Desserts Shipping: Delivery and Carryout Available. Please check website for specific instruction.

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  • Valentine's Day

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 — By Admin

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    Martinsville Candy Kitchen

    Buy your loves heart shaped candy canes, flavored in peppermint or cinnamon, it is an Indiana tradition! They also feature Valentine's Day sugar cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries (milk, dark or white chocolate). Martinsville Candy Kitchen is one of the oldest business in Morgan County. Located at 46 N. Main Street Martinsville, IN 46151 Phone: (765) 342-6390

    Good's Candy Shop

    It's Valentine's Month!

    Shelves are stocked with a large assortment of our Valentines creations. This heart box does it all. Provides a beautiful reusable heart box, is filled with the world's best chocolates and comes with jewelry! A pretty little necklace is attached! Good's also offers a Pure Lovers' Red, heart box in a 1lb., 1 1/2lb, and 5lb full of Chocolates. The Pink Cheetah is a Good's Candy most popular heart box selections. Order chocolate covered strawberries on the go February 13th and 14th, we recommend ordering ahead.

    At Pea-fections in Vincennes where cheesecakes, tortes, and cookies are the sweetest temptations at this stop! Order between now and Valentine's Day for your a special gift.

    Hand-painted Chocolates from Ghyslain Chocolatier in Winchester are exquisite gifts. They offer truffles and variety of handmade gourmet chocolates packaged in various gift boxes. The leather window gift box is a little something for now and storage for later.

    McCord Candies in Lafayette has hand-crafted candies, chocolates, and candy fruit slices are the way to your sweetie's heart. Satisfy your truffle craving with tiramisu, caramel, Irish crème and other scrumptious flavors. Take your love to the store to share a phosphate, soda, or shake!

    French Lick/West Baden

    French Lick and West Baden Springs has the ideal getaway for lovers this Valentine's Day, indulge your senses here! Pampering your significant other is a given for this special day, why not pamper them at one of the most magnificent places in the country. Plan your stay!

    The French Lick Chocolate Festival is happening February 8th.

    Chocolate Fest Saturday, February 8 • 1pm - 4pm at ​French Lick Springs Hotel • Hoosier Ballroom Don’t miss your chance to taste and sample your way through a dazzling array of chocolate creations. Bon Appétit! The 12th annual Chocolate Fest will be filled with a tempting spectrum of chocolate creations, all made in house. This year we’re celebrating with a French-themed flair, as the Hoosier Hallway and Ballroom transform into a chocolate wonderland channeling the street merchants of Provence and the elegant Paris nightlife. Cooking demos and a mixology class are included with admission, along with live entertainment throughout. You can also add a Chocolate on Canvas Experience ($20) while at the event (pending availability) to make an artistic expression using chocolate. For More Information click here.

    Ballard's and Sinclair's - West Baden Springs Hotel

    Wine and Dessert Soirée

    February 14 | 8:00 pm

    Savor three decadent desserts made in-house, each served with expertly paired wine varietals from around the world. $54.00

    Sharlette's Fudgery and Candies

    Fudge can be the route to your loved one's heart. More than just a candy store in Portland! They offer specialty gifts, food, bulk candies and specialize in more than 40 fudge flavors. It is the perfect place to pick up last minute gifts for Valentine's Day or any occasion.

    Rosie’s Place

    Rosie's does custom heart sugar cookies! We can put your loved one's name, a custom saying or traditional candy heart sayings. Order online at Rosiesplace.net. or at any location by calling or stopping by a location.

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    divvy has a three-course wine pairing dinner featuring six French wines available on Friday and Saturday (2/14 and 2/15).

    South Bend Chocolates

    Find the chocolate that your Valentine adores from The South Bend Chocolate Company. So many endless choices shop online or in stores. https://sbchocolate.com/

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  • Fried Chicken in Southeastern Indiana

    Posted on Friday, August 9, 2019 — By Admin

    Southeastern Indiana and Indiana Foodways Alliance highlighted in the New York Times.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/18/dining/fried-chicken-indiana.html

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  • Exciting Vacations for Food Lovers with Indiana Culinary Trails

    Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 — By Admin

    Check out the latest by Vacation Idea and Dream Vacation Magazine on Indiana Culinary Trails.

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  • #HoosIN with Visit Indiana Week May 5 - 11

    Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 — By Admin

    Indiana Foodways Alliance has teamed up with Indiana Department of Tourism Development for Visit Indiana Week May 5 - 11, #HoosIN. Indiana Foodways Alliance members are participating in the eventful week with special days of food and drink. Each day of Visit Indiana Week highlight specific discounts to include Tasty Tuesday, Thirsty Thursday, and Sweet Saturday.

    300+ businesses are participating around the State of Indiana. IFA members include: Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery, Oasis, Good's Candy Shop, French Licks Ice Cream & Coffee, Superburger, Turkey Run Inn, 33 Brick Street, Crossroads Cafe, Morris Inn, Muldoon's (Carmel), Oakley Brothers Distillery, Hard Truth Hills, and The Farmhouse at Fair Oaks Farm. Find all the discounts below. Don't forget to show us your delicious photos by using #IndianaFoodways for IFA participating businesses. https://visitindiana.com/blog/index.php/2019/04/10/visit-indiana-week-2019/

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  • Two Delicious Stops in Lafayette/West Lafayette

    Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 — By Admin

    Read what O The Places We Go's, Cheryl Eugenio, has to say about Lafayette/West Lafayette's stops on IFA's Sodalicious Trail. https://www.otheplaceswego.com/two-delicious-stops-in-lafayette-west-lafayette-indiana/

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  • The 33rd Annual “A Taste of Muncie”

    Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 — By Admin

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts and PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union are excited to announce the 33rd Annual A Taste of Muncie on Sunday, March 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. A VIP event will precede the main event at 1 p.m. A Taste of Muncie is presented by Indiana Michigan Power, 104.1 WLBC, 104.9 WERK FM, 93.5 MAX Radio, 96.7 BLAKE FM, and FOX Sports Radio 102.9 FM/1340 AM, with support from Praxis Consulting, Vera Mae’s Bistro, The Guardian Brewing Co., and New Corner Brewing Company.

    This annual fundraiser features cuisine from several of the finest restaurants and food vendors in the area. Attendees are invited to sample items and vote on “The Best of Taste” in various categories. All proceeds from the event benefit Cornerstone Center for the Arts’ arts programs and events.

    Avoid the crowds and long lines by purchasing a VIP ticket for just $40. This year’s VIP pre-event will pair beer from Guardian and New Corner breweries with food samplings from Vera Mae’s Bistro. VIP ticket holders will gain early entrance to A Taste of Muncie with the reception beginning at 1 p.m. followed by early access to all food vendors, private entertainment, and reserved seating private from general admission ticket holders.

    General admission tickets are limited, purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 the day of the event while supplies last.

    Food vendors may participate in the event free of charge. Not only is participating in the event great advertising, it is a wonderful way to give back to the community while earning bragging rights. Area restaurants and vendors interested in participating in A Taste of Muncie can sign up online or contact Jeff Robinson, Associate Executive Director, at 765-281-9503, ext. 27.

    The 33rd Annual “A Taste of Muncie”

    March 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts, 520 E. Main St. Downtown

    Muncie, IN 47305

    More information about A Taste of Muncie is available online at www.cornerstonearts.org.

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  • The Holiday Season with Indiana Foodways

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018 — By Admin

    1. The spirit of giving. Surprise a less fortunate person or family with a gift card to one of 240+ members.

    2. Bring a pie to your Holiday gathering from one of our 22 stops on our Hoosier Pie Trail.

    Place your orders now for Thanksgiving! Some places like Lisa's Pie Shop, orders need to be placed by Friday before Thanksgiving. Bluebird Restaurant - Call and order yours today! $13.99 a pie --must be picked up Wednesday the 21st by 8pm. http://www.bluebirdmorristown.com

    3. Take a load off and go out to eat at Gray Brothers Cafeteria for your Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday Meal.

    4. Buy locally made pottery at Lost River Market & Deli in Paoli. While you're there, check out all the locally made products from Indiana Artisans. Don't forget to order your Holiday Pie at 812-723-3735.

    5. Gifts that give all year round such as gift cards one of IFA's Ice Cream for Ice Cream Trail stops. Nothing like mid-summer finding and using the gift card to your favorite Ice Cream or custard place such as Igloo Frozen Custard in Lafayette.

    6. Give the gift of holiday spirits

    Cardinal Spirits has the perfect 3-pack Local Libation Combination featuring three of their handcrafted spirits. Bramble - Berry Hisbiscus vodka, Songbird a craft coffee liquor, Flora, liquor made with Raspberry and edible flowers (jasmine, elderflower, hibiscus and raspberries)

    Cedar Creek Distillery has perfect cocktail kits for the cocktail lover or hard to buy for someone. Take a trip to Cedar Creek Distillery, Winery, and Brewery and stock up on gifts. The cocktail kits include everything you need to make a specific cocktail. One stop giving. Spirits, Beer, Wine - that is all.

    6. Watch Candy Cane Pours

    The Martinsville Candy Kitchen will make candy canes every Saturday in Nov. & Dec. Typically, they make twice each Saturday, then move to three times each Saturday as we get closer to Christmas. They might even add in Fridays around 6 pm in December. Watch their FB page for specific pour times they try to post those each week.

    McCord Candies (reservations required for groups) (Need Hours)Open candy cane tours beginning November 16th.

    Friday tours are 5:30-8:30 , Saturday's 12:00-8:00, Sunday's 12:00-6:00

    Cost of the tour is $4.00. This cost includes a candy cane that the guest can twist into a candy cane or personal unique design. Each tour will last about 45 minutes. Come hungry because their candy case will be busting at the seams with candy, chocolates,and truffles!

    7. Take the family to see Santa Korners Kountry Kitchen CALLING KIDS OF ALL AGES!!!!You wont want to miss out to have breakfast with the jolly man himself Santa & Mrs. Claus mark your calendars Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9 AM - 11 AM.

    Martinsville Candy Kitchen November 24 and December 15 from 2-4 pm. Parents are welcome to take their own photos.

    8. Snuggle up with your lovey with dinner and show at Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre

    9. Send a little Indiana to your loved ones around the United States with Charlies Caramel Corn and Candy and Tell City Pretzels.

    10. Take the family to Pokagon State Park for toboggan sledding then grab a bite to eat at one of the delicious stops in Steuben County.

    Captain's Cabin

    Caruso's Italian Restaurant

    Clay's Family Restaurant

    Lakeview Grille at the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park

    Timbers Steakhouse & Seafood at Clay's Family restaurant or The Lakeview Grille inside the State Park

    11. "Hostess with the mostess" - Buy a local wine from our Wine, Wine, Anytime Trail

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  • Holiday Hands On Experience at McCord Candies

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2018 — By Admin

    Plan a Holiday outing with your family, club group, girlfriends, or couples getaway at McCord Candies in downtown Lafayette. One of Indiana's oldest and finest candy shops since 1912.

    Celebrate the holidays together by making fun memories with McCord Candies' Candy Cane Tour.

    Group Tours

    McCord Candies will be hosting private candy cane tours for groups of 12 or more beginning November 12th, at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. The cost of the tour is $4.00 per person. The cost includes tour and a candy cane that the guest can twist into a candy cane or a personal favorite design. Each tour will last about 45 minutes. Call 765-742-4441 to reserve a time slot. Open candy cane tours beginning November 16th.

    Friday tours are 5:30-8:30

    Saturday's 12:00-8:00

    Sunday's 12:00-6:00

    Cost of the tour is $4.00. This cost includes a candy cane that the guest can twist into a candy cane or personal unique design. Each tour will last about 45 minutes.

    Come hungry because their candy case will be busting at the seams with candy, chocolates,and truffles!

    McCord Candies is a member of Indiana Foodways Alliance and highlighted on The Sweet Temptations Trail. It is located at 536 Main St. Lafayette, IN.

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  • The Fiddlers Three

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 — By Admin

    The Fiddlers Three

    While IFA is about the food sometimes there is a history that must be shared. Fiddlers Three is one of those stories true local business that has been a stand out in Shelbyville. Kathy De Moss shared her Dad's story about the care he took in planning and building the restaurant. The planning of the structure took almost five years. All beams are authentic and all fancy woodwork, display cases and cabinets were manufactured on the premises by the proprietor, William Dugan,and his able assistant, Steve Lower. The leaded glass windows and doors, with over 1700 pieces of glass, were also constructed on site by these same two craftsmen.

    The large chimney in the main dining room starts six feet below floor level and extends forty feet into the air, weighing nearly one hundred ton. Fireplaces were built by Harley Q. Brown, Master Mason of Shelbyville, Indiana. Bricks used in the lower fireplace are over one hundred years old and were taken from the Odd fellows Hall in St. Paul, Indiana. The mantel is a 148 years old hewn beam from Shelby County. The menu is an unexpected surprise for land locked Indiana featuring: Lobster, Maryland Crab Cakes, Alligator, and Shrimp.

    Soup specialty French Onion Soup with a slow cooked dark rich broth and melted cheese. Lobster Bisque creamy rich with large pieces of lobster.

    Steaks selections Ribeye, New York, Filet Mignon and Chateau Briand. Friday and Saturday nights feature Slow Roasted Prime Rib, a local favorite. The Menu is so varied I could not leave out other menu favorites: BBQ Ribs, Oriental Sesame Salmon and New Zealand Lamb

    Some locals say this is where we always go to celebrate special events, for others it is a staple to be enjoyed anytime.

    Blog Written by Becky Harper

    The Fiddlers Three can be found on the IFA's Here Fishy Fishy and Cut Above Trails.

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  • Indiana Fall Fun

    Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 — By Admin

    Indiana Foodways Alliance's Farm to Table Trail has some of the best U-picks and Fall Fun in Indiana. Find the latest happenings and fun below!

    It's apples galore at Lafayette's Wea Creak Orchard. A variety of apples are ready for a day filled with u-picking. Mark your calendars for their Apple Pie Baking Contest next weekend, customers can sample the apple pies of each contestant, then vote for your favorite one. This event takes place on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 12 PM - 4 PM. Seasonal Hours: July-Oct, Thursday 10AM-6PM, Friday 10AM - 6PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM, Sunday 12PM - 6PM.

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    Wea Creek is located at 5618 South 200 East, Lafayette, IN, 47909 Phone: 765.807.6142 http://management595.wixsite.com/weacreekorchard

    Tuttle Orchards - It is Fall Fun every Saturday with u-pickings, hayrides, corn mazes, apple slushies, and other fall fun activities. The apples are ripe for a one of a kind, apple u-picking experience, filled with adventures for everyone. Below are activities for this Saturday so bring your appetite or your sweet tooth and get ready to have some fun!

    Activities: Pick your own Apples in the orchard to take home. Choose from $6, $12, $20 size bag to pick. Tractor Town Adventure Farm Area Open: $5/child or see info below about our combo pass. Watch the Bees: See the honey bees hard at work making honey. Take a hayride: Hop on the hayride and hear about the farm. $4/person or see our combo pass info below. Agrimaze/Corn Maze $5/person or see combo pass info below. Save with a Combo Pass: Includes a pass to Tractor Town, Corn Maze, and Tractor Rides. $9/child or adult Treats to Eat: Tuttle's Grill: Will be open from 10:30AM-5:30PM offering hot dogs, bratwurst, pulled pork sandwiches, ribeye sandwiches, and more. Tuttle's Cafe and Sweet Shop: Caramel apples, apple donuts, apple cider slushies, fudge, and more. Cost: There is no admission or parking charge to visit Tuttles. There is a separate charge for some activities and food items. Tuttle Orchard is located at 5717 N. 300 West, Greenfield, IN Phone: 317.326.2278 http://www.indianapolisorchard.com/fall-overview/

    Beasley's Orchard located in Danville, opens their Fall Attractions beginning September 21 through October. Experience their amazing Circle City Corn Maze paying homage to Indianapolis. Enjoy your day with U-picking apples, hayrides, a trip to the pumpkin patch and so much more. Their award-winning cider is a great way to cool off during this Indiana Summer or enjoy it warm when the temperatures cool off, either way, it will hit the spot! Attractions Hours: Friday: 1pm-6pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-6pm. Beasley's Orchard located at 2304 East Main Street, Danville, IN 46122 http://www.beasleys-orchard.com/

    Apple of His Eye located in Anderson is a U-taste Orchard. What is a U-Taste Orchard? Answer: A variety of apples made available for tasting so the customer can find the perfect match for their taste buds. Sweet treats are available such as apple cinnamon donuts (a special recipe crafted with the Pillsbury company), jams, jellies, cider, and local honey. Seasonal Hours: Open Mon. - Sat. 10-6 Apple of His Eye located at 3185 S. 300 E. Anderson IN 46017 Phone: 765.378.6265 http://www.appleofhiseyeorchard.com/

    The Big Peach is a family owned farm market open daily May through October. This southern Indiana market offers a vast variety of fresh produce grown right on their farm. Their gift shop boasts local jams & jellies, local honey, handcrafted embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, fudge, and much more. Grab your phone and be sure to take your picture on the iconic "Big Peach" in front of the property. During weekends in October families can enjoy a festival-like activities including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, bounce house, and games. Hours: Mid-May - October (daily), 10:00am - 6:00 pm Sun. 12:00-6:00pm. The Big Peach located at 7738 N. US Hwy. 41 (7 Miles North of Vincennes on Hwy. 41) Bruceville, IN 47516 Phone: 812. 324.2240 https://www.facebook.com/thebigpeach14/

    McClure's Orchard and Winery is your one stop shop for apple u-picking, handmade apple dumplings, and handcrafted apple cider. Popular items also include delicious wines and hard cider made from the fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. Pumpkins are available now with u-pick beginning on September 22nd. The Cafe and Apple Barn are Open Daily, 10 am - 6pm. McClure's Orchard and Winery is located at 5054 N. US 31 Peru, Indiana 46970 Phone: 765.985.9000 http://www.mccluresorchard.com/

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  • French Lick's Irresistible Desserts

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2018 — By Admin

    There are so many lovely things about French Lick/West Baden Area, so top off your visit to this sweet spot in Indiana with their irresistible desserts. We welcome several of their "sweet stops" to IFA's Sweet Temptations Trail to include Vintage Cafe at French Lick Winery, French Licks Ice Cream and Coffee Bar, and decadent desserts from Sinclair's inside French Lick Resort. Read the inside scoop on this delicious destination. http://www.visitfrenchlickwestbaden.com/play/articles/details.aspx?id=3827

    Find all the sweet stops on our Sweet Tempations Trail.

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  • First Rate Dining in Downtown Lafayette at East End Grill

    Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 — By Admin

    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.

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    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!

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  • Midwestern Favorites Served at Koffee Kup Diner

    Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 — By Admin

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    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.

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