10 Best Mom and Pop Restaurants in Indiana

Mom and pop restaurants are the best. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is warm and comfortable, and it really brings the feeling of home no matter where you are. The Midwest is all about hospitality, and these top 10 mom and pop restaurants are the best of all things Indiana!

1. Ginger’s Café, Noblesville, IN

Ginger’s Café is comfort food done right. It’s breakfast all day, every day and a great lunch in between! Ginger’s is committed to bringing you the best quality food and service. From the moment you walk in, you’re treated like a member of the Ginger family. Enjoy a delicious breakfast burrito or their famous Run It Through the Garden omelets. For lunch, enjoy a scrumptious raspberry chicken salad or the infamous deluxe grilled cheese sandwich. 

2. Suzie’s Café and Catering, Valparaiso, IN

Suzie’s Café and Catering has been family owned and operated since 1996, and its home cooking at its finest. Customers cannot stop raving about their yummy and oh so gooey cinnamon rolls and giant Texas-sized muffins! Another particular favorite is the Oh My Omelettes, made with three extra large eggs! And not only do they offer a great breakfast and lunch menu, they also have the best selection of sweet, delectable desserts! For those 62 and older, Suzie’s also offers senior citizen discounts.

3. Storie’s Restaurant, Greensburg, IN

Storie’s is your quintessential, small town restaurant and has been serving customers in the Greensburg area since 1977. They’re open for breakfast, lunch AND dinner six days a week, and serve pork tenderloins the size of your head with made from scratch pies baked fresh daily. 

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4. The Log Inn, Evansville, IN

The Log Inn in southern Evansville, Indiana, is recognized as the oldest restaurant in Indiana, having been built in 1825. You can actually dine in the same original log room that Abraham Lincoln himself visited in 1844! Enjoy a delicious family style dinner of chicken, ham or roast beef with mashed potatoes, gravy, two vegetables, slaw, hot rolls and butter! Visitors can also dine a la carte and choose their own dishes, such as the catfish fillets, seafood platter, or grilled cheese! 

5. Sam and Mary Rulli’s, Middlebury, IN

Four generations of great food and tradition since 1987. Rulli’s has been the first job for many, many Middlebury students and community is important to Sam and Mary Rulli. To them, every customer is a new friend and when they leave, they’ve become a member of the family. Rulli’s is the only pizza served at the Elkhart County Fair for the last 25 years and comes in a variety of flavors: Papa’s Spicy Pizza, Spaghetti Pizza, BLT Pizza, Salvatore Special, Nana’s Sweet Pizza, and so much more! 

6. Dale’s Family Restaurant, Indianapolis, IN

Dale’s is named after Dale Beikman, a man who was described with a heart of gold, a strong love of family, and a strong work ethic. He was a World War II veteran and could be found tending his garden and using those fresh veggies in his own recipes. His grandson Dennis became the sole owner of TJ’s Kitchen and renamed in honor of his grandfather. Every meal is made from scratch and can be shared as a family. Dale’s Family Restaurant is committed to serving wholesome meals in a comfortable atmosphere for all ages. The homemade chicken and dumplings are a must when you visit!

7. Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles, Indianapolis, IN

Maxine Redmon prided herself on creating delicious, down home southern food with a taste of love in every bite and in 2007, Maxine’s children and grandchildren came together to create a place that reflected comfort and love with fresh ingredients and the creation of delectable, homemade food. Most famous of course is Maxine’s Famous Chicken and Waffles, which features three southern fried jumbo chicken wings and one original, soft, fluffy waffle. And it’s so good that even Guy Fieri himself couldn’t resist a visit to feature them on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!”

8. The Tin Lizzie Café, Richmond, IN

The Tin Lizzie Café in eastern Indiana is quirky with a lot of class. It’s been defined as a cross between your grandmother’s kitchen, filled with the smell of comfort food, and an eclectic museum that’s been a staple in Richmond since 2011. Their famous for their South of the Border Club and Unclaimed Happiness sandwiches, as well as their scrumptious breakfast burrito. 

9. Hobnob Corner, Nashville, IN

Located in southern Nashville, Indiana, the Hobnob Corner is an artisan-inspired restaurant filled with rustic charm, history and honest food made fresh every day since the mid 1970s. Customers rave about the service, but also about the food, from their one-third pound lean ground beef burger to the breaded Tenderloin. Upon your visit, be sure to try one of the Hobnob Specialties—spaghetti, pot roast or a New York strip steak. They also have a great assortment of wine by the glass selections. 

10. Mi Lindo Acapulco, Warsaw, IN

Mi Lindo Acapulco first opened in northern Warsaw, Indiana, in 2003. Mi Lindo is unique in that it is owned and operated by “Socorro Brito,” a woman who loves to cook and had a dream to one day open her own restaurant. The restaurant is family owned and no matter what time of day you walk in, you’ll always find Miss Socorro waiting with a smile on her face. It’s mouthwatering, affordable Mexican food at its finest. 

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