Delicious root beer, dark and full of character, is served in thick frosty mugs alongside hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried pork tenderloin sandwiches. We especially recommend the double cheeseburger and Coney dogs heaped with fine-grind chili. Also, the onion rings are something special: battered thick, crisp and sweet.
Smack in the middle of the industrial/residential area west of the White River is a working man's bar that serves an unforgettable double cheeseburger. It's flattened against the grill as it cooks, resulting in a crusty burger. Sided by good O-rings, and accompanied by a fish-bowl glass of American brew, this meal is an Indy classic.
A large and extraordinarily polite cafeteria, Gray Brothers is a Hoosier heartland sampler, including fried chicken with an ultra-flavorful crust, four-star mac 'n' cheese, cornbread stuffing, and butterscotch pie. Tell the servers what entrée you want; they put it onto a nice flower-patterned partitioned plate then slide the plate down to the vegetable area, where it is piled with whatever sides you desire.
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, large farming plots, a restaurant, a winery, and a distillery. If you want to enjoy Indiana Fried Chicken at it's best, take a ride up to Hubers and enjoy their Family Farm Dinner: 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.
Two words: bluegill and pie. That's what you need to know. Bluegill are a local, round and flat, freshwater fish. They're very lightly breaded and pan-fried, and served in a ragtag heap. They make a big deal here over their homemade pies, and it is with good reason.
Powers Hamburgers used to be part of a sizable chain, but this is the only location still in business. The building itself dates back to 1940 and is a tiny, Art Deco gem that glistens at night.
They have a large roster of milkshakes to choose from. My lemon shake was thick, with strong citrusy flavor and the perfect balance between sweet and tart. You can also get different flavored Cokes or phosphates, including cherry, vanilla, lemon, or strawberry.
Believe the name of this restaurant, where the kitchen turns out fine versions of Dixie classics, including a few numbers with a pronounced Cajun accent.