I will also agree on the Overlook. Excellent food but a very poor attitude there. I have often wondered if the owner was on site??
I look forward to it each year, hopefully I will be there this year. I still have many a good friend that lives there in Lanesville.
Maybe I will see you there
Thanks for the "immediate" feedback on your trip. So many times we post recommendations and then never hear if the receiving person used them or not, or what happened on the tour.
Your comments on the OVERLOOK were right on with what we had experienced. I love the location and have often thought that if I was ever to go into the restaurant business that would be the place. I wish they could catch the vision of some of the great ‘country restaurants’, but so far Service’ just isn’t in their vision.
We have enjoyed the Black Buggy also, but the two times we visited the place was jammed and food was disappearing off the buffet faster than it could be replaced. I would like to try it sometime when it was at a bit less hectic time.
I worked for several years at a branch of the college that occupied some of the older buildings in Jeffersonville’s riverfront area. Schimpff’s is an institution that remains a great old business in the heart of a ‘hopefully’ regenerating historic district.
Moonlite BBQ, also can be very busy. I must admit I don’t go for lunch often. I like the dinner buffet better as they add the ribs and seafood on the weekend dinner menu, and the dessert list expands also.
We will look at some of your other entries the next time we head out to French Lick. Thanks for the feedback.
Cajun King- We live not far from the ‘Fairgrounds’ where they set up the Lanesville Heritage Days events each 2nd weekend in September. We walk around and enjoy the fair food and activities each year. It is a very nice country fair!! Come on down and visit sometime!
Okay, I am back, and here is my trip report. I do have to admit that I never had a true breaded Indiana pork tenderloin sandwich on this trip, although Jody’s in French Lick and Mason’s in Washington did have them on the menu.
Bob Evans Restaurant, Coldwater, MI
biscuits & gravy – I know it is a chain, but I do like their biscuits & gravy
Dairy Queen, French Lick, IN
hamburger & fries – not very good, but then Dairy Queen is supposed to be about ice cream, not hamburgers – on Sunday evening our other choices seemed to be Subway and Chicago’s Pizza
bacon & egg sandwich at condo
Black Buggy Restaurant, Washington, IN
buffet – my choices were tossed salad, chili, chicken liver, sausage & kraut, fried fish, mashed potatos, gravy, dressing, corn, and rhubarb pie – everything was good, fish and pie were especially good – chili had a little bit of spaghetti in it – good service
ham sandwich at the condo, along with fresh tomatoes purchased at roadside stand
T’Berry’s Cafe, French Lick, IN
bacon & eggs, home fries, toast – very good – this is a true roadfood type of place, a cafe for the locals – the menu has 14 different kinds of pie listed, including pinto bean pie and cornmeal pie
Schimpff’s Confectionery, Jeffersonville, IN
candy store in front, deli in back – tuna salad sandwich, potato chips
Overlook Restaurant, Leavenworth, IN
pork tenderloin sandwich, potato chips – broiled, not breaded, not pounded; in other words, not an Indiana tenderloin sandwich – service very poor
bacon & egg sandwich at the condo
Moonlite BBQ, Owensboro, KY
buffet – my choices were tossed salad, burgoo, chicken liver, BBQ pork, BBQ mutton, cole slaw, baked beans, peas, corn muffin, dinner roll, and cherry cobbler – everything was very good, but I got the impression that they are now selling the name rather than the food – good service
Tell City Pretzel Company & Bettinger Potato Chips, Tell City, IN
sampled pretzels and potato chips at the shared plant of these two companies
Schnitzelbank Restaurant, Jasper, IN
tossed salad and goulash – excellent food and service
T’Berry’s Cafe, French Lick, IN
biscuits & gravy – good, but I prefer biscuits & gravy at a Bob Evans Restaurant
Oren’s Sizzling Barbeque, West Baden, IN (carry-out only, not open in winter)
pulled pork sandwich with sides of baked beans and cole slaw – very good
Jody’s 19th Hole Restaurant & Lounge, French Lick, IN
pizza – a local resident told us that this place had the best pizza in Spring Valley; well, in my opinion this was the best pizza I have had in several years anywhere – good service
bacon & egg sandwich at the condo
Mason’s Drive-In, Washington, IN (has car hops)
footlong coney dog, french fries, frosty mug of root beer – according to the signs, "The Midwest’s finest coneys since 1951"; I do not agree, although I did feel that the coney dog was good, as was the root beer, it was not the Midwest’s finest – good service
ham sandwich at the condo
T’Berry’s Cafe, French Lick, IN
bacon & eggs, home fries, toast – very good with good service
Cracker Barrel, Gas City, IN
country ham sandwich, french fries, cole slaw – true, a chain, but we were on the interstate
I love french lick, ok I love southern Indiana. There are so many unique places to visit and kewl places to eat.
I have traveled all over the state but I love the southern portion lots better. The fall festival circuit is an awesome time to "wander" Indiana.
"Mayor Al" have you ever been to Lanesville’s Heritage Days??
For years I cooked the Brats in the Jaycees Beer Garden there. Last year they went through 148 half barrels of brew in the 3 days. The record was 166 though about 7 years ago. They warm the brats in beer first then grill them to a nice brown. Serve them with kraut and mustard…… oh man is it sept yet????
great writing and discription cajunking,i think you were channeling f.scott fitzgerald when you wrote that![:)]
the west baden springs hotel and their various restauraunts will open june 07 however tours of the property and restored gardens are available at this time.
thanks to the people of french lick and the tenacity,vision and deep pockets of the cook group inc. from bloomington in. this significant part of our history and neoclassical architectural gem has been saved!
French Lick hotel has always been a special place for me.
I love sitting in the lobby while everyone is checking in, as you sit there you can close your eyes, listen to the echoes and the footsteps across that great marble floor.
As you sit there you can almost hear the echoes of the hotels glory days, the rich and powerful, the mobsters & molls, the haunting steam whistle of the steam engine down on the rail.
As you open your eyes you can almost see the tuxedos and gowns flowing by.
or sit on the "veranda" and watch the people come and go, I have smoked many a good cigar sitting on that porch just people watching.
On a side note "The Mayor" listed spring mill and gus grissom’s memorial as neat places to visit. I would second his opinion. We used to go to spring mill every october as kids (my parents wanted to avoid our local fair) the food was always good, the views awesome.
plus the Virgil "Gus" Grissom Memorial is an awesome place to visit and learn the history of one of our BEST astronauts. Chosen for all three early space projects: Mercury, Gemini & Apollo. He was also chosen to be the first "Apollo" astornaut, and would have been a top choice for the first moon landing, if tragedy had not struck. I got a chance to meet one of his sons a few years back, that was an honor.
Ok, can you tell Grissom is one of my personal heroes [:)]
Someone posted about the stone quarries in bedford area, the pentagon’s exterior is made of Bedford limestone, after 9/11 replacement stone was quarried from there to help rebuild the pentagon.
I know i side tracked from roadfood, but part of roadfood exploration is the unique part of history that surronds the places you find, and south central indiana is full of them.
Years ago, I drove through French lick and saw old hotel. It was in a state of disrepair at that time. I would enjoy seeing it in its current state. That part of Indiana was one of the prettiest places in the state.
Paul E. Smith
The Casino-Resort is scheduled to open in October. There is some question on the part of the "nay-sayers" that it will not be able to draw the anticipated tourist/gambling money that the ‘Pro-People" say it will.
The Old Spa and Hotel is amazing and worth a side-trip out of Louisville or Indy to visit. The locals are really making an effort to make the community a tourist destination. Time will tell.[8D]
i would love to see the restoration of the west baden springs hotel and resort.i remember it as a gorgeous old ruin and am thrilled that is has been lovingly returned to it’s glorious former self.
Spring Mill State Park is near Bedford. They have a pioneer grist mill there that grinds some great flour and cornmeal. The lodge has a pretty good restaurant Plus caves for exploring and the Gus-Grissom Memorial is there. Altogether a nice place to visit.[:D]
If you are even considering reaching out as far as Madison (about an hour Northeast of us)—and it is a great place to visit and wander the historic rivertown district– Then you should also consider Huber’s Family Farm Restaurant in Starlight Indiana. They have taken a family restaurant and farmstand and thru good marketing and good food created a smaller version what used to be Knott’s Berry Farm’s type of operation in SoCal. They have a farm Heritage Center…petting zoo… good restaurant…flower gardens…fruit orchards and veggie gardens, both local and imported produce…Local Wines and lots of ag-related stuff for visitors to gawk at! It is in the hills North West of New Albany about 5 miles off of US 150 coming towards Louisville from Paoli. Plenty of signs to help find the place and a good country family-style dinner available.
Of Course if you are looking for variety, you are just an hour from metro Louisville also.
Is the Schnitzelbank in an old bank? And is there something special about the vault? I recall a story in the Louisville paper years ago about such a restaurant up near French Lick.
Ardee, you could also check out Bloomington and Bedford. The IU campus is darn scenic and should be less full of students and sports fans in summer. Could also see if there’s anything happening at the Kinsey Institute[}:)][}:)] We ate at an old hotel style place in downtown Bloomington years ago, was pretty good. There’s been a Bloomington thread here a while back which might tell you more. Also there’s a few wineries, we visited Olivier which has a real nice facility. But the wines most likely not impress a Michigander much. Finally, Bedford is pretty scenic – the location for Breaking Away and source of much stone for famous buildings throughout the Midwest and US.
Thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely add the Chicken Place and Hinkle’s Sandwich Shop, although Hinkle’s may be a bit far east for this year. And I also found a reference to The Black Buggy Restaurant in another thread.
Mr. Mayor, we will be staying at the French Lick Springs Villas, the condos scattered around the hillside behind the French Lick Springs Resort, and using this as a base to explore the countryside. It is an easy drive to the area from south central Michigan and a good place to relax, so we purchased a timeshare there.
Der Schnitzlebank in jasper, yummmmmm good food, but go hungry!!!!
Gasthof is good food too. lots of little amish places there around washington/montgomery
Madison, Indiana is not too far up the road (SR 56) from French Lick, there are tons of little shops and things to do there. Most of downtown Madison is "Historic District". Madison has definately used that to they advantage. The town is beautiful, and again lots to see and do.
Plus that way you can try Hinkle’s [:D]
Yes a Hinkle Burger is legendary in Madison
Have Fun and Enjoy your stay in Indiana
We’re glad to hear you are visiting this area!!
The Overlook in Leavenworth has a spectacular setting on the hill above a large horseshoe curve of the Ohio River. It is a great place to sit outside (weather permitting) and enjoy the view. I wish I could be more positive about the food. We have tried the place for lunch and dinner several times in the past few years and each time we feel that the staff is just not interested in going beyond the microwaved or prepared entree level of menu items. They have great potential and perhaps they have improved since our last visit about a year ago.
Recently some folks on Roadfood.com have reported on the "CHICKEN PLACE" just outside of Jasper on the Ireland Road. I have spoken with some in-laws who also claim that this place serves outstanding Chicken, but We haven’t made it over to check it ourselves. The write-up on this site is under Fried Chicken and is fairly recent if you want to look it up.
If you have the choice of days for your visit to the Moonlite BBQ I recommend Friday evening for that stop. Remember that Owensboro KY is on Central Time so it will be an hour earlier than French Lick Time. They open the evening buffet at Moonlite at 3:30 so an early dinner is the best recommendation I can give. We like the Friday buffet because they do up a bunch of fried Oysters and Catfish as well as the usual buffet BBQ items, and a broader selection of Desserts also.
Are you flying in, or driving to French Lick? Other than Larry Bird Ford and the Casino under construction there isn’t much going on in French Lick on Weekdays. We like to wander around the shops a bit and look at the rail museum too, but we don’t often eat in French Lick !!
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