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The restaurant industry has seen a lot of change in the past couple years. Restaurants are an essential part of any culture. Wherever you go, you can find places of business selling food, drinks and desserts.
These Indiana restaurants have managed to survive and stay open through wars, prohibition, recessions, and more than a few food trends over the years. The places have proven they have staying power.
These Are The 5 Oldest Restaurants In Indiana
The Log Inn is located twelve miles north of Evansville and one mile east of US Hwy 41, the Log Inn was built in 1825 as a Noon Day Stage Coach Stop and Trading Post. They have been officially recognized as the oldest restaurant in Indiana. While visiting the Log Inn, you can dine in the same original log room that Abraham Lincoln visited in 1844.
The Rathskeller in Indianapolis offers Jäegerschnitzel to Filet Mignon. The award-winning menu features authentic German cuisine as well as steak, seafood, chicken, pork and vegetarian entrees. Set in the historic, 19th century Athenaeum Building downtown, The Rathskeller is reminiscent of both a quaint inn tucked in the Bavarian hills and a lively beer hall in Munich. The Rathskeller features an extensive wine list and a beer menu. Out back, you’ll find The Biergarten which has a full-service walk-up bar and gourmet pub-style food.
Found in Madison, The Broadway Hotel & Tavern serves appetizers, homemade soups, steaks, pasta, BBQ, seafood and homemade desserts. While currently under construction, The Broadway can usually accommodate meetings, weddings, parties and business seminars. For 185 years, the fine dining restaurant set in Indiana’s Landmark Historic District, offers a historic, Victorian ambiance.
Since 1927, The Nashville House has been treating guests to a taste of home. A Brown County landmark, the Nashville House is renowned for savory home cooking, antique collectibles, and old-fashioned hospitality. The rustic dining room provides a warm, casual setting to enjoy hearty home cooking and those irresistible fried biscuits. The outdoor patio invites you to have a cold drink and watch the world go by. Local products including homemade jams, baskets, local honey, walking sticks and wooden toys cram the shelves of the Old Country Store. Oven-fresh breads, pies and cookies, candy, and other goodies are also favorites.
Steaks, chicken and soups are represented at St. James Restaurant in Avilla. Over the years the St. James Restaurant has received several awards such as the Oldest Restaurant in Northern Indiana by the Indiana Restaurant Association, the Centennial Business Award by the Indiana Historical Society, selected Best Restaurant in 4 County Area for American Cuisine, and voted by Readers of News-Sun in 4 County Area for Best Steaks, Best Chicken and Best Soups. They have been rated the best restaurant in the county for American cuisine. The claim “every slice is a bit of heaven.”
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