Joe Huber’s started out as a “U-Pick” Veggie Garden and Produce Stand in the Knobs (hills) just north of Louisville on the Indiana side of the Ohio River over 50 years ago. Since then, the family business grew and expanded to include orchards and vineyards, as well as large farming plots. The restaurant came next and then the winery really got going, with over 25 varieties being bottled each year, many winning awards from the Indiana State Fair. Recently, Huber’s has expanded to include it’s own distillery making brandies and cognac. Plus, for the first time in Indiana, they will bottle a locally distilled vodka in 2014. All of these branch enterprises are part of the family farm operation and many are open to public visitors.
The restaurant has one large main building and three auxiliary “barns” used for overflow crowds on busy weekends. Meals served in the barns are much less formal, more of a country buffet than a ‘sit-down’ dinner. We much prefer the main dining room and try to time our visits to ‘off-peak’ hours to avoid the holiday crowds.
While there are many choices on the menu, the Family Farm Dinner is the top choice for most visitors. It offers the wonderful fried biscuits with homemade apple butter and an AYCE Feast of fried chicken and honey ham surrounded by side dishes of various types and bottomless beverages. For extra cost, you can enjoy some of the Huber wines with your meal.
This is the place we take visitors to “Hoosier-country” to enjoy a leisurely dinner while watching the ducks and geese on the ponds or the U-Pickers bringing in their produce. If you want to enjoy Indiana Fried Chicken at it’s best, take a ride up to Hubers. But do call ahead, as they are closed many weekdays during the winter months.