Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Coachman Restaurant and Lounge: Where Plainfield goes for dinner!

I asked a friend where I should go in Indiana to get Prime Rib. He immediately responded, "THE COACHMAN!!!" I said, "OK!" Then, my husband and I headed to the south west side suburb of Indianapolis, known as Plainfield with our friends Josh and Kristie.
When we walk in, there are panoramic pictures and pictures that are a view from the sky of the Coachman over the years. They remind me of the pictures my aunt and uncle had taken of their farm every year in the eighties. The Coachman really hasn't changed much. The only difference are the cars in the parking lot in each picture. We get seated immediately and start going through the menu.
 I decide to order the Prime Rib with the salad and a twice baked potato for my dinner. Ian decided to get the chopped steak with tortilla soup and the twice baked potato. Josh orders the Steak dinner, and Kristie orders the Spaghetti dinner.
 The house salad had a lot of extras including, cheese, croutons, tomatoes along with the dressing, which I got French.
This is the roll! It looked so inviting!!! The only issue was, it was a bit dry. Maybe it was a day or two old. I'm not sure.
Ian ordered the tortilla soup which came with a gigantic roll. Ian said the soup was seasoned well.
 Our meals came with perfect timing after we finished our soup and/or salads. Ian received his Chopped Steak and Twice Baked potato.
Josh is enjoying his New York Strip steak with twice baked potato. The steak was cooked to perfection!
This is the prime rib that I ordered. The plate was a bit messy! You can also see that the aus jus spilled onto my twice baked potato plate. The prime was was cooked to my pleasing. The aus jus created quite the mess!
This is my twice baked potato. The meal did not come with any side of horse radish or creamy horse radish to dip the prime rib. I ordered a side of sour cream to use instead. I tasted the twice baked potato, and it was so good!!! I ended up taking it home though.
Kristie ordered the spaghetti.There was a ton of cheese on the top of it!
There is decor like this all over the restaurant. It reminds me of a quieter easier time.
This is a little more of the decor. This actually makes me think of a grocery store back in the 40's or 50's.
This is Ian after dinner. He enjoyed his meal.
The restaurant is definitely a throw back to a previous era. There was a live band playing outside on the patio. We couldn't really hear it from our table. People that looked like the late 20's- 40's crowd kept going in and out the door to see the band.That did get a little old after an hour of it.
The server was very kind and knew what she was doing. It's always awesome to get a good server!!!  The bathrooms were clean.
Some of the atmosphere does feel a little dates, but if you take that away, you loose a little of the restaurant's charm. If we end up in the Plainfield area any time soon and need to eat, we will eat at the Coachman again! The prime rib was worth it! 

Friday, November 18, 2016

M. Mogger's Restaurant and Pub: A Terre Haute Staple!

M. Mogger's Restaurant and Pub has been a Terre Haute, IN staple for years. I went to Indiana State University and my husband Ian went to Rose Hulman in Terre Haute. When I was in college, we went to Mogger's about once every two to three weeks. They had Champagne Velvet Beer, which a lot of my friends loved. I, on the other hand, was never really a beer drinker. I do love Bar Foods though, and would go along. Ian had gone to Mogger's a few times in his college years. This was the kind of local place you could take your parents when they came to visit.
Mogger's has a full service bar that serves specialty beers. The beers are actually brewed in a building that is caddy corner from the restaurant. 
The batter dipped fried mushrooms taste extremely fresh! We asked for two servings of Ranch. I really enjoyed these mushrooms! The mushrooms inside are very hot when the first come out. Be careful not to burn your mouth on them! The ranch has a good creaminess and great taste to it.
I ordered a bowl of chili with my dinner. It tasted like it was full of beer. I even asked the server if it has beer in it, and he said, not to his knowledge. I really didn't like it at all. I gave it to Ian to eat, and he enjoyed it.
Ian ordered the Beef Wiz with fries. This sandwich is Philly style beef with a cheddar cheese sauce on a bun. He enjoyed his meal. The sandwich was large enough for two meals. He also thought the fries were great!

I ordered the Tenderloin Sandwich! This is an Indiana favorite! The breading was done really well. I was so excited with the size of the tenderloin! This is truly how you make an Indiana Tenderloin Sandwich! I put the pickle, tomato, and mayo on the bun, and cut of all of the extra meat to pack up for later. I took the first bite of the sandwich, and started chewing. I just had to keep chewing and chewing! The pork was mostly fat and gristle. Fat doesn't bother me at all on meat, but there was so much gristle, the tenderloin was hard to chew. I'm hoping this was a fluke, and I just received a less than average quality piece of pork. In most of the times that I have been to Mogger's in the past, I usually got a burger. Those are always tasty. I thought I would try something different. 
I was a bit disappointed in this trip to Mogger's. I have such fond memories of going there in college. I saw my friends' bands play there. I went after concerts. I took my parents there.
The next time we go there, I will probably go back to getting the Pub Burger. If you are in Terre Haute and want to try a local business, try Mogger's! You'll find something there that you like to eat and especially to drink!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Mug N Bun: A Speedway Tradition!

When you ask someone about where to eat in the small area of Speedway, you are always told Mug N Bun!!! Mug N Bun is a drive in restaurant that also has a small dining area to sit in. You can drive up to the 50's style menu boards with speakers, press the button, and place your order, or you can sit in the small dining room and have a waitress take your order.
They are famous for their Root beer in a frosty mug and for coney dogs. 
We decided to sit in the dining room, because it had been raining that evening. I ordered a coney dog, the tenderloin, and a side of breaded mushrooms. I also ordered a Root beer. I was sad that the Root beer didn't come in a frosty mug. It came in a plastic cup!
Ian and his root beer that is not in a frosty mug. You can see the walls are covered in old signs and old advertisements. The root beer is pretty good, but it's not my favorite.

Chili Cheese Dog

 The cheese dog is just ok. This is supposed to be one of their name sake items. I put it on my list of items I can skip at Mug N Bun. The other items I ordered were better.
Breaded Mushrooms
Whenever I see breaded and fried mushrooms on a menu, I must try them! These were pretty good. The mushrooms are breaded, not batter dipped. These mushrooms are probably my favorite item that I ate for that dinner.
This is the Tenderloin, the sandwich Indiana is known for! It is not quite as huge as other Tenderloin Sandwiches, but it was big enough! I got it with onion and mayo. I liked this more than I liked the Cheese Coney Dog.
Mug N Bun serves Crinkle Cut Fries! What's not to love about that?!? These were actually Ian's fries, but I did taste one! They were pretty good!
Ian got the Patty Melt Hamburger. He LOVES Patty Melts. He said that this one was good.
I was a bit sad to realize that Mug N Bun does not use frosty mugs to serve their root beer! I mean, it's part of their name sake!!! The root beer was O.K, in my eyes. I'm sure I'll get flack for saying that. Mug N Bun is a Speedway, Indiana favorite. I've lived in Indianapolis for eleven years, and I have only gone to Mug N Bun twice. It does have a fun 50's atmosphere to it! If you live on the west side of Indianapolis, go ahead and stop in for lunch or dinner!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

An Introduction to the Web Site

Indiana has a few of it's own quirky foods and travel spots. Let's go exploring and travel the state! This blog is the place to make it happen.
Some of the state foods are the Sugar Cream Pie and the Breaded Tenderloin sandwich! Have you ever tried either of these?
What parts of Indiana would you like to know more about? Traveling from the Dunes State Park all the way south to Spring Mill, we plan to show you awesome places to visit!