7 Unique Restaurants in Central Indiana Trying to Survive COVID-19

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Some businesses in Central Indiana are struggling to stay afloat amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately for some, a service that will always be needed is quality dining. Central Indiana has more to offer than one may first expect, and today I want to shine some light on local cuisine that deserves some love.

Zydeco’s Cajun Actual

Maybe you saw the special on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives or maybe you smelled the onions and cayenne pepper from the now-vacant streets. If you’ve heard of Zydeco’s, then you already know they’re a restaurant not easily forgotten. For over a decade and a half, Zydeco’s Cajun Actual has been bringing Bourbon Street to East Main Street, Mooresville, Indiana. From catfish to crawfish to cochon poboys, you’ll be sinking into savory and simmering in spice by the time Zydeco’s is through with you. Check out their creole cuisine here.

Payne’s Restaurant

From across the pond comes a flavor experience, the likes of which Central Indiana has never tasted. Right off Exit 259 on I69, where Marion, Gas City, and Upland intersect is a little slice of Great Britain. Fish and chips, bangers and mash, Yorkshire pudding, you name it. If it’s British, they serve it. And blimey, is it top-notch! A tip of the hat to you, Payne’s! Order British in your backyard here.

Bonge’s Tavern

In the tiny town of Perkinsville, something’s cooking. Dishing out stuffed duck, Perkinsville pork, and a New York Strip that will bring you to your knees, Bonge’s is a historic establishment with a reputation for excellence in service, dining, and a surprisingly robust specials menu. Just shy of an hour east of Indy, you won’t remember the trip once you sink your teeth into what Bonge’s is dishing out today. Get your Bonge’s on here.

Oasis Diner

Originally built in 1954 in Signac, New Jersey, Oasis Diner was relocated to Plainfield, Indiana, by train. After passing through a handful of owners over the years, Oasis nearly went out of business for good in 2008. Fortunately, the nostalgic atmosphere and fantastic, decades-old recipes were preserved when the concerned citizens of Plainfield cooperated with Indiana Landmarks to relocate the building once again – and give it a renovation to boot! Oasis is a blast from the past with recipes that withstand the test of time from all-day breakfast to home-made fresh-baked bread and desserts. Are you ready for a blast to the past and good food? Click here.

Big Hoffa’s

Big Hoffa’s has an interesting story and is a local favorite in Westfield. The owner, Adam Hoffman, has been bringing the love of barbeque culture to Indiana since 2003. They have had lines of people through their entire parking lot of social distancing to prove the matter. Due to recent events with COVID-19, Big Hoffa’s is only offering take out services until further notice, but give them a call to reclaim your love for barbecue here.

Pete’s Bar and Grill

For all of our Delaware County folks, here is our treat to you! Pete’s Bar and Grill, formally Pete’s Duck Inn is a place for delicious and unique food. Pete’s always uses the freshest ingredients in their original recipes to create an experience that is memorable, unique, and filled with incredible food. Experience the difference with Pete’s here!

The Homestead

Delicious, home-cooked meals are hard to come by these days with our crazy schedules from work and family. If you miss a home-cooked meal but don’t have the time or expertise to make it yourself then you need to stop by The Homestead! The food is delightful and I assure you, you’ll be glad you tried it. Click here for more information! 

There are so many fun places to eat in Central Indiana. If you or someone you know is looking to buy a home in the area, give me a call at (765) 744-9951. I can help you find the home of your dreams near the best of the best restaurants around.


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