Tales from the Trails Blog

  • 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.

    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


    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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  • Food Trails You Don't Want To Miss

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 — By Admin

    Check out the Indiana Secretary of State's MoneyWise June Issue featuring Indiana Foodways Alliance.


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  • Summer Food and Fun

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 — By Admin

    We know Summer hasn't officially started however, our Farm To Table Trail has something for everyone. Make your plans now to feed the mind and belly!

    Strawberry Day at Tuttle Orchards

    Enjoy everything Strawberry on Saturday, June 9th at Tuttle Orchards, located in Greenfield. The café will be cooking up everything Strawberry! Strawberry Pizza Cookie Decorating for Kids, Kid's Craft, Tractor Town Adventure Farm, Hayrides around the Farm. Times and prices vary so please check out their facebook page here

    Highlights of Tuttle's Strawberry Day Menu in the Cafe Includes: Strawberry Spinach Salad, Turkey & Brie with Strawberry, Creamy Chicken Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Locally Raised BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Tuttle's Apple Butter BBQ Sauce, Strawberry & Nutella Crepes, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Strawberry Donuts, Strawberry Nachos, and a myriad of Strawberry Drinks.

    Please Note: They do NOT have pick your own strawberries at the orchard so be sure to pre-order your strawberries to take home. Due to the high demand pre-ordering is highly suggested. Click here for ordering.

    Hunter's Honey Farm Looking for for an activity to occupy the kids? Take a drive to Morgan County and tour the 100 year old Honey Farm. Hunter's Honey Farm has several different tour options to include Beehive Tour, Honey Barn Tour, bottling your own Honey Bear, rolling your Beeswax Candle, The Worker Special Tour, and many other combined options. https://www.huntershoneyfarm.com/tours/

    Fair Oaks Farms is hosting our fourth annual Dog-A-Palooza on June 9, 2018 from 5:00pm until 10:00pm CST. The Dogs Days of Summer are just ahead so start them right with Dog A Palooza . The whole day is filled with fun! From 2k Dog Glow Walk, Dog Show, and a Dog Obstacle Course, it is a fun way to celebrate summer! Cool off with treats from Fair Oaks Farms Café or Bakery! Many vendors will be on hand for more treats! IFA gives ap"paws"se to this cause, 50% of proceeds of the 2K Glow in the Dark goes to Shelter of the Year. For more details http://fofarms.com/dogapalooza

    McClure's Orchard

    Come celebrate summer!! Enjoy some delicious food and a pint of cider while listening to some tunes played by Mike Almon. The outdoor fun starts at 5pm and lasts until 8pm on Saturday, June 23rd! McClure's Winery & Orchard tours will also be offered during this time. For more information, click here.

    Beasley's Orchard

    Take the kids to Beasley's Orchard in Hendricks County to experience u-picking at its finest. Strawberries are in season but due to high demand, be sure to call first for u-pick availability. Strawberries are also available in the market, as well as, South Carolina peaches, tomatoes, and MUCH more! Indiana Rhubarb and Asparagus are in full swing too, so plan your farm to table meal with all the available delicious produce! For more info - Click here The Big Peach

    Swing by The Big Peach in Bruceville for all your locally grown produce. The Big Peach is a family owned farm market that is open daily May through October. The market offers a variety of fresh produce, jams & jellies, local honey, embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, fudge, and more. In season are strawberries, peaches, asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash and potatoes. Don't forget to the photo op at the Big Peach Tower.

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  • Tuttle Orchards, Rich in Soil and in History

    Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 — By Admin

    Located northeast of Indianapolis in Hancock County sits a family business that is bountiful in soil, in fruit and in history. Tuttle Orchards is a farm destination and remains a constant in Indiana as they turn 90 this year.

    In 1928, Roy Tuttle began his fruitful journey when he purchased enough apple trees to fill 10 acres. At that time in history, Roy kept the apples growing through hard times during the depression and WWI/WWII then sold wholesale to the larger cities such as Indy and Chicago. Over the past 90 years, they expanded the farm store which leads their sales. Apples are big business and has been passed down four generations of Tuttle/Roney Family.

    The Cafe and Sweet Shop is open all year and offers seasonal lunch menus highlighting some of Indiana's most delicious locally grown food. The Cafe uses the freshest ingredients grown onsite and sold right in their farm store! Now that's Farm to Table.

    Bring the entire family for a day of fun! Whether enjoying a sweet treat from the Farm Cafe or a day of U-Picking in the Fall Season, delicious hands on fun is overflowing with every season. They host school groups, adult groups, tours, luncheons, and so much more. To find out how they can be a part of your life click here.

    Tuttle's Farm Store is open all year long featuring more than 2000 Indiana made/grown products. Locally raised meats and honey are a big seller and of course, baked goods, 25 Varieties of Apples, Fresh Squeezed Cider, and 50 varieties of produce. Their meat section in the Farm Store is a big draw too. They partner with local meat producers to source great ingredients. Some partners include Miller Poultry, Rhim Foods, Broad Ripple Chip Company and Caprini Creamery.

    Tuttle's Apple Cider is uber popular, winning awards such as, Best Cider in Indiana, 2nd Place in 2018, and 3rd Place 2017 in the National Cider Competition.

    Be sure to check out their greenhouses filled with Annuals, Perennials, and other beautiful plants.

    Locals and visitors in the State look to Tuttle Orchards as their "Must Do" during many seasons. Their U-pick option is a given, so be sure to check back on prime picking times! Fall Harvest Fun surrounds you when visiting Tuttle Orchards.

    Tuttle Orchards celebrates "fruit days" with special activities and events. June 9th is Strawberry Day, June 30 is Cherry Day, July 14 Blueberry Day, and July 21 Peach Day. Check out all their events https://www.indianapolisorchard.com/current-events/

    We are proud to have Tuttle Orchards on our Farm to Table and Sweet Temptations Trails.

    Contact Info

    5717 N 300 W, Greenfield, IN 46140 Phone: 317-326-2278 Fax: 317-326-8674

    Web: www.tuttleorchards.com

    Blog written by Lindsey Skeen

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  • 21 North Eatery + Cellar

    Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 — By Admin

    In Morgan County, the downtown is receiving a massive overhaul. Have you been there lately? This downtown is under a transformation and 21 North Eatery is front and center. The new gastropub (a British term meaning a pub that features high quality food) is Martinsville's first of its kind.

    We have been hearing so many inspiring stories of restaurant owners that are making dreams a reality! This one is no different! Owner, Connie Musgrave, has had different careers in the past but has always come back to her passion of food. She is woman, hear her roar. Connie had a plan and turned her motto of "doing the if" into action. She took a chance on an old diplapidated building and with much elbow grease and determination, turned the place into a cozy downtown gastropub. Connie's motto is doing the "If". We love it!

    Alt Text Matt Harakal is the French trained chef that spearheads the menu in conjunction with Connie Musgrave. This multi-generational gathering spot is rich in history dating back to 1898. The exposed brick walls gives a histoical feel with arched walls and wooden tables which give a this place a cozy, warm, and inviting ambiance.

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    Do you know the term - Amuse-Bouche? Literally the meaning is "amuse the mouth". It is a small sampling of food served to whet your palate. How to say it: uh-muse boosh. This is the ultimate "Amuse-Bouche" in our opinion. Chef's Cured Meat & Assorted Cheese Tray features baby gherkins, fig preserves, local honeycomb, red onion jam & house made mustard. It's superb way to start out your experience or "whet the palate".

    Alt Text Grilled Herb Chicken Breast is one of their most popular sandwiches. A funky spin on the chicken sandwich. Topped with handcrafted fig aioli, fresh arugula, brie cheese, and fresh brioche bun. The additional toppings are what we love about this sandwich! Choose from oyster mushrooms, cheddar, provolone, goat cheese, fried egg, Cotswold Cheddar Cheese or their special handcrafted Red Onion Jam.

    Lightly Seasoned Pan Seared Filet Steak w/cabernet jus. Tender is an understatement and as a friend always states "it's all about the sauce". How true with this decadent cabernet mushroom au jus.

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    The desserts at 21 North are hand made daily and vary depending on the baking schedule. Some of the most popular desserts are the apple cinnamon cake with vanilla ice cream and the pumpkin cheesecake with caramel topping.

    21 North + Eatery is an impressive place not only on the belly but ambiance is such an important piece to any dining experience. It is the place to go for warm comfortable casual with expertly prepared food. Side Note: 21 North has been featured on "Out Here Having a Pint Podcast" part of The Hopped Network. Click here to listen to the podcast. They serve a variety of mixed drinks, local beer, and wine created and served by expert mixologists!

    21 North Eatery + Cellar is located at 21 North Jefferson St., Martinsville, Indiana 46151 (765) 315-0767. The are members of Indiana Foodways Alliance and featured on A Cut Above, Sweet Temptations, and the Soup, Salad & Sandwich Trails.

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  • Valentine's Day

    Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 — By Admin

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    Is your sweetie a marshallow lover? Buy them the sweetest gift of handcrafted marshmallows from 240Sweet.


    Flavor: Dark Chocolate Rose Description: A tantalizing blend of delicious dark chocolate and refreshing rose water. Link: https://www.240sweet.com/products/dark-chocolate-rose

    Promotion: 20% off. Discount Code: LOVEIFA Expires 02.14.2018

    Alt Text 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.

    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 to get what you like, when you like.

    Edible Candy Heart Boxes are the rage at Confection Delights in Danville. From edible heart boxes to chocolate covered strawberries they are the one stop shop for Valentine's Day.

    At Pea-fections in Vincennes - Cheesecakes, Tortes, and Cookies are the sweetest temptations at the 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!

    Sharlette's Fudgery and Candies - Fudge can be the route to your loved ones 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.

    Shake it up this Valentine's Day, and treat your sweetie to a decadent evening pairing our Wildcat Creek Wines with Wolf's Fine Chocolates.

    Purchase your ticket at the winery (or over the phone) for only $15/person (+tax). Tickets must be purchased in advance.

    The ticket includes: **Entry to this private event (limited to 15 couples!) **A tasting of 6 wines paired with 6 chocolates **An exclusively designed box of Wolf's Fine Chocolates (1 box per couple) **20% discount on items in gift shop (excludes wine and consignment items)

    Guests are welcome to purchase glasses of wine to enjoy with light snacks while browsing our gift shop after their tasting, or to buy bottles to take home. We've revamped the event to better accommodate our guests and to better *serve* you, so join us for a unique Valentine's Day date!

    Celebrate wine, chocolate, fun, and above all, love! "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." - Charles M. Schulz

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  • Authentic Italian in the Heart of Pendleton

    Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 — By Admin

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    Downtown in the heart of Pendleton is an authentic Mozarella bar. You say what? Yes, you heard that correct! Catello's Mozzarella Bar is an authentic Italian Restaurant. The Owner and Chef Catello Avagnale is Italian born and opened his restaurant as part of a master plan. His dream is to one day own a dairy farm in Madison County. In addition to the dairy farm (for cheese making), he wants to expand his restaurant into a deli serving fresh cheeses and meats for purchase. The restaurant will be housed next door so guests can eat in the restaurant then get items to go. His master plan and dream is impressive!

    In the meantime, he is cooking up authentic Italian cuisine transports you to a town in Italy not Indiana. The restaurant may be located in a small Indiana town but packs a big punch in presentation and layers of flavors.

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    To start out your Italian extravaganza many options are available but if sharing choose the Aged Cheese and Meats for Two. It is a beautiful presentation that looks too good to eat.

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    Catello makes his owns mozzarella daily. Sometimes when ordering it can be just an hour old. Wow now that's fresh! He also makes the burrata, cream salmon, Gorgonzola Dolce, and Stuffed Mozzarella. (Shown here) The breads are made by a Midwestern baker in Cincinnati known as Three Bakers Bread.

    Are you a team cream sauce or red sauce? Have no fear, Catello's has both with tantalizing versions of traditional favorites.

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    For your main course, try the handcrafted Ravioli. It is made by a Indy pasta maker, Andrea Bettini. The Ravioli Al Pomodoro pictured is stuffed with homemade ricotta and spinach with a tomato cream sauce.

    Alt Text Ravioli stuffed with Procini Mushrooms and presented in a Walnut Cream Sauce. Rich and made to perfection.

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    Don't forget Italian dessert. It is must while eating at Catello's. Order from a variety of daily specialty desserts. Tiramisu, Cannoli, and other specialty desserts are offered daily depending on Catello's daily baking schedule.

    Catello's is featured on Indiana Foodways Alliance's Italian and Sweet Temptation Trails. Located at 103 East State Street, Pendleton, IN, 46064 (317) 498-5906 Hours of Operation - Lunch Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 am - 2 pm , Dinner Monday - Saturday 5pm - 9pm Sunday - Only open for reservations. 12 or more in party

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  • Wherever I May Roam Blog

    Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 — By Admin

    IFA and Lafayette/West Lafayette and Visit Indiana hosted blogger Melody Pittman! Here her exciting review and take on delish foods and fun attractions in Lafayette/West Lafayette.


    Check this blog on Wherever I May Roam, Blogger, Melody Pittman talks Arni's in West Lafayette on her BEST of 2017 EATS.


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  • Name That Soda Trail!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 — By Admin

    Name that Trail! That's right, Indiana Foodways Alliance is currently running a contest to name their new soda trail featuring handcrafted sodas and soda syrupsThe contests runs on Facebook (handle @indianafoodway) until Tuesday, December 5th, 2017. If chosen, the winner will receive a $25 gift card to one of the soda trail stops! To enter your trail name suggestion to win, click below.

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  • IFA and Edible Indy

    Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 — By Admin

    "Give Thanks Contest"

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    Indiana Foodways Alliance and Edible Indy are giving thanks to you for supporting local! Enter to win 1 of 5 prizes from five local businesses! Simply submit your email and name!

    $100 from Mrs. Wick's Restaurant

    $25 from Zydeco's in Mooresville

    $25 from 240 Sweet in Columbus

    $25 from Triple XXX Family Restaurant in Lafayette

    $50 from Sorin's Morris Inn in South Bend


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  • Mecca of Food

    Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 — By Admin

    Mecca is to many..... the Mecca of Food. Mecca Tavern located in Mecca (Parke County) population 330. It became a town in 1833 and is just six miles west of Rockville, Indiana. The town houses one of the beautiful Mecca Covered Bridge on the National Registry for Historic Places. (To learn more about how the city of Mecca and the Mecca Covered Bridge was named click here)

    The tavern itself is the oldest Tavern in Parke County established in 1899. (Their tag line is "Oldest bar in Parke County and we have the floors to prove it".) Founded in 1899 by the Roberts Family and surviving population and economic decline, the tavern has really remained the epicenter for the community. A gather place to have a libation, good food, and catch up on the town news. (21 and older only)

    What started out as a longtime dream of owner and local football coach, Brad Sanders, turned reality and a family affair at Mecca Tavern. Brad's Aunt, Susie Schilling, is the head cook. This lady may not be a professionally trained chef, but she has people coming from all over the Midwest to try her food. Brad's wife, Patty and Mother, Pam, are also heavily involved in the restaurant.

    I immediately fell in love with this restaurant as it reminded me of my Grandfather's Tavern. The shotgun type bar with seating inside and patio seating outside. It is quaint and like a step back in time with wood flooring. It is simple in its décor but the food sets it apart from other taverns. So much of their limited menu is popular which is what makes this place a must taste place in Indiana. Initially, the tavern had limited food but as word of mouth traveled, the menu has grown too!

    The Meathead Burgers range from 1/4lb to 1 pound Burgers using Clinton Spindles Meat, a locally owned Meat Company, in Indiana. Patted and grilled to perfection. The 8oz and 1 pound Ribeye Steak are specials on Saturday, but also available in 8oz all week long.

    The Weekend Specials on Friday Nights are Catfish and Frog Leg Dinners. The weekend specials whether seafood, steak, or sandwiches bring in the crowds, so be sure to time your visits accordingly.

    The recent addition has been the Hoosier Favorite, the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. Available in grilled or breaded. Susie Schilling uses her own special breading to make the succulent sandwich. It is a HUGE sandwich much like other tenderloins in State. However, Susie has a demand of the Tenderloins from her special breading and the hand pounded to perfection. Her breading is spot on and is the talk of Tenderloin Lovers from afar. (They are currently in the running for best Pork Tenderloin Sandwich in Indiana by Visit Indiana, Vote Here.

    Whether you're visiting the beautiful bridges of Parke County or simply passing through, make sure Mecca Tavern is a stop along the way. You will be enamored by the history, friendly people, and fantastic food. Mecca Tavern is currently a member of Indiana Foodways Alliance's Tenderloin Trail, Here Fishy Fishy and Burgers, Brews and Dogs Trails. (NOTE: The Mecca Tavern is 21 and Older ONLY) Blog by Lindsey Skeen

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  • Celebrate The Sandwich All Year Long

    Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 — By Admin

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  • A True Farm To Table Store - Turkey Run Gas & Grille

    Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 — By Admin

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    Turkey Run Gas and Grill located in Marshall, is a great stop whether passing through the Covered Bridge County or a stop to refuel after a day on the water. During our first visit we were taken aback with this quaint convenience store/restaurant right off of Hwy 47 in Parke County.

    Looking like just another gas station/convenience store, upon entering, we immediately noticed there is much more to this place. We met with Bret Vandermolen, (owns boasts many trades within the McCurdy Company) and Managers, Becca Jones and Lora Gildon. They shared how the farm to table concept is not new to them and is a welcomed everyday function.

    Inside the store, a restaurant is nestled to the left, with a window placed for ordering. All the food options are available on a menu board. They work very hard to use the freshest ingredients from garden veggies to specialty cheese from a company with Kentucky ties. Most of the selections available are farm to table.

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    The locally sourced tenderloin is hand pounded and breaded to perfection. The popular Hoosier pork tenderloin we tried was so succulent! The freshness of the pork was very apparent and was loaded with fresh veggies from the garden too. It was Bret's first time trying a Pork Tenderloin Sandwich so we had some fun with that! Follow us on twitter to catch the video! @indianafoodwaysalliance The beef for the burgers is made fresh from a local farm and is 100% Beef. There are no hormones and no antibiotics used from McCurdy Farms and Cattle Company. The delicious burger was topped with fixings from their garden. To our surprise, a special cheese was used called St. Jerome. The cheese is made from a local dairy farm, Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, in Kentucky. It is hard cheese with a smooth rind, flower notes like cheddar and a creaminess like Gouda. I love that they are using locally sourced products even for toppings!!

    During our visit, we tried the Beef Burger and Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches but the side was just as much as a treat than anything! What goes best with these signature sandwiches? Why an Indiana Favorite, hand breaded pickles, of course! I'm picky about fried pickles so I was pleasantly surprised, the breading is nailed down to perfection! Lightly breaded with just enough spice in the blend! They have so many options for snacks, lunch, or dinner so make this a priority stop while you're in Marshall!

    Recently I took the family on a 15 mile canoe trip - Husband and 3 boys in tow. We used Turkey Run Canoe & Camping, also owned by Joe McCurdy. If you want to enthrall yourself in to the break taking views of Sugar Creek....go canoeing!! Amazing memories, we broke a few lures trying to catch the giant Carp and only tipped once! After a long day on the water it was a must to stop at Turkey Run Gas and Grille. We cooled off with Ice Cream! They have several different varieties available of Glover's Ice Cream, which is also an Indiana Company. Alt Text

    The convenience store part of the Turkey Run Gas & Grille offers variety of Camping supplies too. They have recently renovated the convenience area so stop in today and check out this hidden gem in Marshall, Indiana!

    Turkey Run Gas & Grille are on Indiana Foodways Alliance's Ice Cream for Ice Cream, Tenderloin and Homegrown Trails.

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  • Gobbler's Knob Country Store

    Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 — By Admin

    Just moments from Turkey Run State Park, you will find The Gobblers Knob Country Store off of SR 41 in Bloomingdale, IN. Gobbler's Knob Country Store Outside

    The friendly staff, fun nostalgic candy, handmade candies and drumsticks and the wonderful ice cream selection are more than enough to make the trip but as an added bonus, they also have antiques, collectables and some jewelry! Be sure you stop by when you are in the area, you've got to see this!

    The ice cream was fantastic, with a large variety of changing flavors, many would be hard to find elsewhere. Such as elephant ear ice cream! Where have you ever seen that before? If you like elephant ears or cinnamon, Id give that one a try for sure! See one you are interested in, but not sure about? They do offer samples as well to help make your decision. The most amazing thing we tried while we were here, was their drumsticks that they make on-site. Drumstick from Gobbler's Knob It's dipped vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone topped with chocolate and salted peanuts. Yum! So, delicious and 100 times better than the mass produced kind you find in the grocery store! There was even a surprise once you got to the bottom. You'll have to try one to figure that out though. (Yes, its edible. Sorry, its not a ring or something like in a box of Cracker Jacks).

    The history of this building is very interesting. Ask while you are there, but here is a short synopsis, with details taken from a history as recalled by Jessie Guthrie Graeber and George Guthrie and given to us when we visited. The building was formerly the Commissary at Turkey Run. It was constructed about 1927 by local carpenters for William Guthrie, the then lessee and manager of the hotel at Turkey Run. It was a place to get picnic supplies and groceries and its staff also served sandwiches, pie, soda pop and ice cream. Mr. Guthries lease on the hotel was canceled in 1943 and he was told he could leave the commissary building but wouldn't be paid anything for it. So, in the summer of 1943, they sawed the building in half across the gables and the two halves were rolled on logs down SR 47 to SR 41 and placed on a solid foundation at it's new home. It has had a variety of different uses since it has been moved but its very well suited as an ice cream and candy store now we think.

    This location also has two adorable tiny house style, air-conditioned cabins available for rent next to the Country Store. Gobbler's Knob Cabin Check out their website for more details on those: http://www.gobblersknobcabins.com/. We were able to tour them while here and it sure made us long for a weekend away! Very clean and comfortable space.

    When you visit, be sure to share your experience with us on social media! We'd love to hear from you!

    You will find Gobblers Knob Country Store on the Sweet Temptations and I Scream for Ice Cream Trails.

    Blog Written by Ashley Gregory

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  • The Phoenix

    Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 — By Admin

    Tucked away by the IGA in Rockville is a very nice surprise! The Phoenix Restaurant is an Asian buffet but also has menu options. Locals love it! One woman we met says she comes twice a week and just loves the Crab Rangoon and the Baked Crabmeat with Cheese. We were sure to try those and fell in love with them! The staff and owner are very friendly and you could tell that there were many regulars in there for lunch the day we visited.

    The buffet was very clean and had a good selection of options. We were encouraged to try the coconut chicken, crab Rangoon, baked crabmeat with cheese and we were told to wait and save room for the house specialty- the Chicken Rendang! That day she also had a wonderful cauliflower and cheese dish that we loved. We were so impressed with the flavors of each dish! The Phoenix, Coconut Chicken The coconut chicken was breaded, fried chicken bites with a creamy coconut sauce. Amazing! Crab Rangoons at the Phoenix The Crab Rangoons were perfectly crunchy with a sweet, creamy center. The baked crabmeat with cheese was an interesting dish, that we thought was something different, it was simple, just like it sounds, crabmeat with melted cheese on top. I believe maybe there were some vegetables thrown in there too but Im not quite sure, at any rate it was very good. The crown jewel was for sure the Chicken Rendang though! Chicken Rendang at the Phoenix This is a Malaysian Dish that only is available when the owner is working we are told. It is a chicken curry dish with vegetables but the curry flavor is somewhat milder than most. I'm not a curry fan at all and I really enjoyed this dish, although a bit spicy. It had hints of ginger as well, which the owner mentioned she loves to put in many of her dishes. We were told, residents of the area who have moved away often come back and request her Chicken Rendang, saying its not as good or can't be found in the Asian restaurants in their new towns. The buffet also offered a variety of traditional Asian dishes such as Egg Drop Soup, Sweet Donuts, sweet and sour chicken, beef and broccoli, pot stickers, egg rolls and more. It was a very impressive spread and dishes were being refilled consistently.

    We left with our bellies full and dreaming of the next time we can visit to try some more mouthwatering dishes! If looking for Asian in Parke County and surrounding areas, this is for sure the place to go!

    When you visit, please take photos and share those and your experience with us on our social media pages! We'd love to hear what you think!

    You will find The Phoenix Restaurant on the Savor the Flavor and the Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner Trails.

    Blog Written by Ashley Gregory

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