Tales from the Trails Blog

  • 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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  • Aaron's Lakehouse

    Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 — By Admin

    Aaron's Lakehouse Tenderloin Many may know this restaurant as Sparky's Road House Bar and Grille but it has recently changed hands and is now Aaron's Lakehouse. This had just become official at the time of our visit and we are very excited to see what the new owners decide to change in this restaurant. We have heard many of the long-time favorites are staying such as the Breaded Tenderloin, Italian Roast Beef Hoagie, Rib Eye Steak and more! The owners also plan to add some of their own items to the menu and are excited about some made to order items they plan to add.

    While there, we were able to try the breaded tenderloin. It came out of course larger than the bun, an Indiana tradition, but was wonderfully thick and had a nice ratio between meat and breading. Wish we could have eaten it all.

    This restaurant offers family dining as well as a bar area and is close to Raccoon Lake as well as downtown Rockville. There is plenty of parking and space, so bring your friends and family! On the weekends, there is also live entertainment. The new owners have some great ideas for ways to improve the restaurant as well! Even if you've been before, you might give this place another try, very soon! We can't wait to go back!

    Please share your experiences and photos with us on social media! We'd love to hear about it!

    This restaurant can be found on the Here Fishy, Fishy, Tenderloin and the BBQ trails.

    Blog Written by Ashley Gregory.

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  • Collom's General Store

    Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017 — By Admin

    Collom's General Store is a step back in time. Immediately pulling up to Collom's General Store in Bridgeton I was in awe. The drive alone felt like a different era. The country was beautiful and as we pulled up to the General Store, I was immediately in enamored with this tiny town. Parke County is known for their covered bridges and is one of the first images rolling into Bridgeton.

    Collom's is owned by Dan and Kathy Collom. Realizing the need, they bought the building and turned it into a general market, restaurant, and town gathering place, of sorts. It is the perfect fit for the residents and guests of Bridgeton.

    So many different items available for purchase such as deli case meat, ice cream, sandwiches, salads, and homegrown products. The Hot Ham and Cheese is a local favorite and grilled to perfection.

    They make homemade salads daily. The Ham Salad was so fresh and has just the right about of savory from the meat and sweet from the other ingredients. It was our favorite food of the day. Kathy and her daughter even sent some home with us.

    The store itself reminded me of when I was a child going to our local store downtown. The store is Bridgeton's only store open year round for residents and visitors.

    On Friday Nights, everyone gathers for the dinner and music fest. The feature different meals every Friday and the music is a town favorite. Ordering from the deli is always available too. Order sandwiches and take on a picnic your down the road to the gorgeous covered bridge. Built by Dan Collom and Co. too.

    ***A little history on the bridge

    The dam is nine feet tall and 220 feet long. The waterfall is 2002 long- the foundation of The Mill is actually part of the dam. The covered bridge is 261 feet long. (The postcards say 245 feet). It is a double span Burr Arch originally built by J.J. Daniels in 1868. The covered bridge was Set Aside or closed to traffic in 1968. It was burnt down in 2005 and re-built by the good people of the community in 2006

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  • Tasty Treats at the Tasty Freeze

    Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2017 — By Admin

    Have you ever heard of Montezuma, Indiana? I hadn't either, but trust me, you want to go! There is a small restaurant with walk up or drive through windows only that has the best, indulgent treats you will find for miles and miles around. If you are a fan of Coney dogs, French fries and ice cream make this a stop on your next trip to Western Indiana for sure. Located just a few miles outside of Rockville, IN in Parke County, it's one of the first things you will see as you enter Montezuma and is right across the street from the local baseball diamonds. As you pull up you will notice the nostalgic feel of this restaurant decorated with many signs reminiscent of the 1950's and 60's and characters youd expect to see on a retro commercial for a drive-in movie theater. Also has a variety of license plates displayed from around the US. We loved it!

    The menu board is very expansive and maybe a bit overwhelming but take it from us, you've got to try the Bacon Coney Dog Delight, the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger, the Loaded French Fries and of course an ice cream treat! We recommend the Snickers Blast or a Boston Shake. Everything was so good! You would expect a place like this to be very greasy too but it was hardly greasy at all. Bacon Coney Dog Delight from The Tasty Freeze The Bacon Coney Dog Delight was a very good, meaty hotdog, wrapped in guess what?...Bacon! Everything is so much better with bacon. But we aren't done yet, they then deep fry it and then before it is served it is covered with the house special Coney sauce and some cheese. This makes for an extra crispy, yet saucy and sinfully indulgent hotdog. Here's some fun facts! It takes 13 pounds of beef to make every batch of Coney sauce. You want the recipe for the house Coney sauce? You gotta buy the building! Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger from Tasty Freeze The Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger of course has some more bacon but that isn't what makes this burger, no it is the burger itself. The hamburger is purchased every day fresh from a local meat packer and hand pressed into patties. That's right, it is never frozen and is made EVERY DAY! You can really tell the difference as well! It is so fresh and juicy, you can taste the meat. Tasty Freeze Loaded Fries Now, surprisingly, my favorite was the Loaded French Fries. I'm not usually a French fry gal but these were outstanding! They were crinkle cut fries covered in melted cheese and bacon, no surprises, here right? But wait! They also add, black and green olives and green pepper! I'm not usually a fan of green olives either but wow! These together just made the perfect combination! Just enough salt. It was wonderful! I could have eaten the entire order myself.

    Their breaded pork tenderloin is hand breaded and pounded fresh as well and they go through around 200 per week! That's a lot of pork! A trip to the Tasty Freeze isn't complete without some ice cream though and believe me they have plenty to choose from! Snickers Blast Shake from Tasty Freeze We would recommend the Snickers Blast, a sundae with chunks of Snickers and caramel and chocolate on top. Or a Boston Shake. This is any kind of shake with any sundae on top! I'm not sure exactly what ours was but it had peanut butter in it which in my book, is kind of like bacon, it makes anything better. The ice cream is soft served so there are so many options of combinations and flavor selections.

    All the food was so good! Be sure to make a pit stop in Montezuma next time you are in the area or maybe make it your destination because of the Tasty Freeze. I know I'll be back!

    If you go, be sure to share your photos and thoughts on our social media pages! We'd love to know what you loved!

    You will find The Tasty Freeze on the Burgers, Brews and Dogs, Tenderloin and I Scream for Ice Cream trails.

    Blog Written by Ashley Gregory

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  • A Biker's Paradise at Thirty-Six Saloon

    Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017 — By Admin

    Located right downtown Rockville, Indiana, you can't miss the Thirty-Six Saloon as you come in to town. Chances are it will be the place with all the motorcycles around, as it hosts several poker runs and other motorcycle events throughout the year. Located in a historic building with a history that spans over 100 years although remodeled several times over the years, it is made to look like a rustic saloon from the wild west. The impressive outside family friendly patio, called the Hog Pit is very spacious and is decorated with grass skirted umbrellas to give it a beachy feel. Outside you can also watch the cooks in the BBQ kitchen smoke the meat you might soon decide to eat. Live music is available on most weekends. You will even find a small fish pond and a fire place outside. A great place to kick back, relax and enjoy the weekend with great friends and fun food!

    A couple things that stuck out on the menu that we just had to try were the "Hog Slop Chips" and the "Hog Turds". Doesn't sound very appetizing, does it? But if you can get past the name, they are delicious! Hog Slop Chips at 36 Saloon, Rockville, INThe "Hog Slop Chips" are homemade ruffle thick sliced chips topped with pulled pork or brisket, smokehouse baked beans and queso cheese. All my favorites from family BBQ dinners all in one dish! Hog Turds from Thirty-Six Saloon, Rockville, IN The "Hog Turds" are jalapeños stuffed with brisket and pepper jack cheese then wrapped in a soft pretzel and deep fried. Something we have never encountered before. It is a little spicy and I'm a wimp when it comes to spice so it wasn't my cup of tea but the pretzel wrapping and the brisket were amazing! I could tolerate the spice for a couple bites too. I would highly recommend, especially if you love spicy items.

    We can't wait to go back to try more of their burgers and brats too! The smoked items were so wonderful though and would pair perfectly with your favorite cold beer! We hear the "Biker Babe Burger" is to die for though! You might just see us there sometime soon! Check out their website for a listing of the bands they will be hosting soon. www.thirtysixsaloon.com.

    If you visit, take a picture and share it with us on social media! We'd love to see your favorites!

    You will find Thirty-Six Saloon on the Tenderloin, BBQ and Burgers, Brews and Dogs Trails.

    Blog Written by Ashley Gregory

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  • A Little Color to Brighten Your Day at the Yellow Umbrella

    Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 — By Admin

    We walked in to the Yellow Umbrella on a somewhat rainy, dreary day and our mood was instantly lifted, as soon as we walked in the door, with the sight of the bright yellow umbrellas hanging from the ceiling and as the subjects in most of the photos around the restaurant and the bright yellow chairs at all the tables. You cant help but smile when you walk in the restaurant and I'm sure you will be greeted with a smile as well by the very friendly staff. You might ask, why the yellow umbrellas? I know we did. Well, the owners are fans of the show "How I Met Your Mother" and got the idea of the yellow umbrella from the show but also say it represents perseverance and a quest for dreams. The owners have had an interesting past. A husband and wife team of culinary school of Indianapolis graduates and trained chefs own the restaurant. They have worked as chefs for such places as the Indy Eleven, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and several restaurants. They returned home and started working at the location's previous restaurant then decided to purchase when it went on the market.

    This is a family restaurant in every sense of the phrase. The owners do the cooking, their moms both help serve, their uncle is helping with the books and took the photography hanging on the walls and their son is a frequent visitor (at the time of our visit he was only one month old). Some of their recipes are even their family favorites! Such as their marinara recipe that is over a hundred years old and passed down from their Italian family members. Currently they are open Sunday-Saturday for breakfast and lunch and only Saturdays for their dinner menu but are hoping to expand those hours.

    From what we tasted, everyone should be running there for every meal! This food is absolutely fabulous! They know how to do the classic, simple flavors but also spruce it up and have contemporary flavors and dishes. Such as the classic chicken salad sandwich we sampled while there, a delicious, chunky chicken salad, served on a wonderfully flaky croissant.Yellow Umbrella Chicken Salad Yet, we also tried a small plate from their dinner menu that was pan seared pork with a beet and a carrot puree, topped with skillet fried corn and served with watermelon gazpacho, topped with feta cheese.Yellow Umbrella Dinner Menu- Small Plate Tasted like something youd find at a fine farm to table restaurant in Chicago or Indianapolis. So, delicious. The mix of flavors were perfect; cool, crisp, creamy watermelon gazpacho paired with warm, crispy pork tenderloin and corn as well as the smooth, silky vegetable puree. Absolute perfection! If that wasn't delicious enough, we also had a Stuffed French Toast that was to die for! Yellow Umbrella Stuffed French Toast It was brioche bread stuffed with a pastry cream and topped with a blueberry and strawberry compote and powdered sugar. My mouth is watering. I could eat this every morning for sure! Good thing I dont live in Rockville, Id weigh 100 pounds more! For those who like a hearty breakfast, be sure to try the Hungry Like the Wolfe sandwich! It is a croissant crammed full of 4 scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham and Swiss and American cheese! A meat lovers delight! Hungry Like the Wolfe Breakfast Sandwich from Yellow Umbrella

    For those of you who are coffee drinkers, be sure to pop in for one of their wonderful coffee drinks. We would recommend one of their specialties, a doppelganger cortado, an espresso drink. Yellow Umbrella Coffee For those non-coffee drinkers, try a milk shake! I tried the smores shake. Oh, my gosh! One sip and I was transported to childhood (or who are we kidding, last fall) around a campfire waiting for the marshmallows to roast and then building my own smore with my chocolate pieces and graham cracker and having the marshmallow smoosh out of the graham cracker in my mouth for a sweet, melty, very messy treat. This was just like that only better, and not quite so messy! s'mores shake from Yellow Umbrella

    The atmosphere is inviting and family friendly and in the summer months there is a large patio, of course with yellow umbrellas for dining al fresco. So, the next time you need a place to relax and enjoy some great food, take a stroll or a drive to Rockville, Indiana and give the Yellow Umbrella a try. Its a small-town coffee shop and restaurant with big city flare run by a superb culinary team with a passion for good food, great company and a touch of whimsy and spunk!

    Be sure to tell us what you loved by sharing your experience on our social media pages!

    You will find the Yellow Umbrella on the Coffee & Tea Room, Rise N'Shine and Soup, Salad & Sandwich Trails.

    Blog Written by Ashley Gregory

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