Auburn's Town Tavern—Auburn, IN 46706
Home of the Hershburger, this family-owned traditional tavern offers lots of choices on their breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Weekly specials include fried fish, chicken, ribs, steaks, and prime rib on Saturday night. Most items available for carry-out.
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The DeKalb County Visitor's Bureau is a member of the Indiana Foodways Alliance which was created by members of the I-69 Cultural Corridor Association in January 2007. The Indiana Foodways Alliance is the first membership-based association of its kind in Indiana dedicated to the development and promotion of the local food culture business from field to table.
For culinary tourists, each dining opportunity is a chance to learn about local food, the people preparing it and the history of the county. The Indiana Foodways Alliance recommends the following restaurants for visitors wishing to experience the local culture.
For a complete list of restaurants in Dekalb County, call the Visitor's Bureau toll free at 877-833-3282 and ask for the 2010 Restaurant Guide.
Auburn's Town Tavern—Auburn, IN 46706
Home of the Hershburger, this family-owned traditional tavern offers lost of choices on their breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Weekly specials include fried fish, chicken, ribs, steaks, and prime rib on Saturday night. Most items available for carry-out. PH: 260-925-0555
Cricket's Tavern—Auburn, IN 46706
Cricket's has been an Auburn bar since before Prohibition, and the historic building started life as an 1890 saloon. Owner Chuck Blevins' grandfather bought the Cricket in 1955, and the regular lunch crowd has included judges, businessmen and police officers for generations, enjoying shrimp, fish and prime rib sandwiches. The warm wood floors and original bar give this "home of the Cricket Burger" that historic touch. PH 260-925-9980.
Mad Anthony Tap Room—Auburn, IN 46706
Sandra D's Italian Garden—Auburn, IN 46706
DeKalb County's only Five Star Restaurant. Sandra D's offers fine dining in a casual garden setting. Certified Chef, Bentley Dillinger makes all of the outstanding salad dressings and sauces, as well as warm fragrant breadsticks and flatbreads to go with hand-cut steaks, authentic Italian specialties and seafood dishes offered on a seasonal basis. Homemade soups and desserts round out the menu. Full bar available in a non-smoking environment. Reservations Accepted. PH: 260-927-7282. www.sandradscafe.com
Shorty's Steakhouse—Garrett, IN,46738
Across the highway from Auburn in charming downtown Garrett, Shorty's is a tiny but mighty fine place for family dining. The antique bar offers a full line of beverages in a non-smoking atmosphere. Daily lunch specials are featured, and the extensive dinner menu stars steaks, seafood and chicken entrees. But for lunch or dinner we recommend the jumbo lump crab cakes, served with Shorty's secret sauce. PH: 260-357-5665.
Bridgewater Golf Club—Auburn, IN 46706
For a fine dining experience, the Water's Edge Restaurant offers a warm atmosphere overlooking Bridgewater's eighteenth fairway and pond. the menu features steaks, seafood, pasta and a full bar. For a more casual evening try the Bridgewater Grille Room. PH: 260-925-8004, Reservations recommended.
The Maple Leaf Inn—Waterloo, IN 46793
The Maple Leaf is a 1918 Bed & Breakfast, run by Ken and Candi Surber, tea is served in the English style, as befits this grand Georgian Revival house filled with antiques. One, two or three course teas are available, and can include scones served hot from the oven with homemade jam and Devonshire cream, finger sandwiches, and irresistible desserts. PH: 260-837-5323. Reservations required.
Sechler's Pickles—St. Joe, IN 46785
You can't dine here, but you can sample some very good pickles. Take a tour of Sechler's Fine Pickle factory in rural St. Joe, Indiana. You will experience the same fine art of pickle processing that began in 1921 when Ralph Sechler founded his pickle company in the homestead that still stands next to the factory. Over 40 varieties of pickles are featured in the rustic retail store and samples are available of most varieties.
Tours are available April through October. PH: 260-337-5461. www.sechlerspicklse.com