Great list, CK
. As a fried chicken lover (all ways: pan fried, deep fried, pressure fried, etc), I've always been intrigued by the fact that so many places in southeastern Indiana (as well as many other Indiana locations) make such great, great Hoosier fried chicken. I hope others report on their various experiences at those places.
Of those on your list, I've only tried Wagner's
and Brau Haus
in Oldenburg, the "Village of Spires" (great historical town - see history at http://www.oldenburgbrauhaus.com/history.html
), and the Old Brick Tavern
in Sunman. Wagner's and Brau Haus are excellent and only about 10 minutes or so north off I-74. We had been going to The Old Brick Tavern for a few years, but it had gone from "great" to "super bad" with what I suspect was a change of ownership. And after our last few experiences there, they are on our "no return" list. I've wanted to try the Fireside Inn
, but they are only open on a limited number of days and only in the evenings, so it's difficult for a traveler to schedule something there, if that's the place I'm thinking of. I will have to look up Bonapartes Retreat
and Klumps Tavern
(as well as some others) to see if a visit can easily be made.
Another place in the vicinity not mentioned is the Dutch Mill
in Milroy, IN. We tried them last month when traveling by and they have a delicious Amish style luncheon and dinner buffet (as well as other menu items) and thought that they were very good. I'm not sure how the fried chicken was prepared but it was really good. Check out their website at www.dutchmillbuffet.com
. They are open most all the time for lunch and dinner and are only closed on Mondays I think.
FWIW, up in northeastern Indiana I recommend Das Dutchman Essenhaus
in Middlebury and the Blue Gate Restaurant
in Shipshewana for fried chicken and other great foods. In northwest Indiana, my favorite fried chicken of all time (made old world Austrian style) is at Teibel's
in Schererville at U.S. 30 & Hwy. 41 (http://www.teibels.com/dinner.htm
). On my list of places to try is Popolano's
in Chesterton (altho northcarolina's recommendation on it pertained to the Lansing, Illinois location). I have yet to try all those great recommended places in and around Indianapolis (as well as southeastern Indiana) and am hopeful we will some day.