Get a taste of East Central Indiana's diverse restaurant scene
Upscale Dining Destinations
Located in downtown Muncie, Vera Mae’s Bistro is the perfect place for a business lunch, a romantic date night or an intimate celebration. The restaurant has a warm, inviting atmosphere complete with eclectic decor, and it’s known for serving upscale fusion cuisine like Cajun crab cakes, ginger hoisin duck and dill-crusted cod – all of which taste even better paired with a fine wine, beer or expertly crafted cocktail.
Payne’s Restaurant in nearby Gas City also offers an upscale experience, its menu heavily influenced by British and European cuisine. As a result, diners can expect to find bangers and mash, fish ‘n chips and British chicken curry, plus a variety of soups, sandwiches and appetizers. In addition, many locals recommend heading to Payne’s early in the day and trying the Huntsman’s breakfast, which includes grilled ham steak, grilled potato cake and over-easy eggs.
Craving a creamy pasta dish or a wood-fired pizza? Visit Galo’s Italian Grill, an authentic Italian restaurant in Richmond that serves lunch and dinner daily. Owners Galo and Linda Molina also operate The Old Richmond Inn Restaurant – named a top spot by Indianapolis Monthly magazine – as well as 5th Street Coffee & Bagels in the Olde Richmond Court and Ainsley’s Cafe & Harbor Bar, a favorite eatery overlooking Brookeville Lake in nearby Liberty.
Old-School Casual Restaurants
Grab a drink and a bite at Bonge’s Tavern, an age-21-and-up dinner spot in Perkinsville. Bonge’s menu changes regularly and is detailed on a chalkboard – previously posted options include New York strip, swordfish and Perkinsville pork. There’s an ever-changing board listing wine selections, too.
Located in Anderson, The Lemon Drop is well known for its burgers and the elevated toy train that circles the diner’s interior. Many locals love its nostalgic, 1950s feel, complete with an old-fashioned neon sign out front and a counter for customers to saddle up to, and they recommend saving room for a hand-dipped milkshake.
The Chocolate Moose in Farmland is another favorite burger destination with a 1950s vibe. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, the throwback diner creates many of its menu items from locally sourced ingredients. It’s famous for homemade fries. Craving something sweet? Guests who enjoy their meals without using mobile devices during “Talk to Me Tuesday” receive a free ice cream scoop.
Get your fill of old-fashioned burgers, hand-breaded tenderloins and classic milkshakes at Cammack Station, located inside a remodeled fueling station just outside Muncie and Yorktown. Featuring historic memorabilia and plenty of oldies tunes, the eatery is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday.