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Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria

100 Byrd Way, Greenwood, IN - (317) 887-8888
Posted By Jason Warren on 2/1/2004 11:29:00 AM
Six hours of driving and looking forward to the largest cafeteria was met with disapointment. The long line of food laid out cafeteria style was fun. From the appetizers to the entrees to the sides to the desserts there was plenty to keep the brain and stomach in conflict on what to chose. However the excitement was short lived. The meatloaf was below average, thick and juicy as it should be, but low in flavor. The green bean caserole had a pungent taste to it while the biscuit was standard fare. The only highlight was a corn bread stuffing. Thick and full of texture and taste.

Service is different that you go through the line and choose your food and get a ticket from a cashier, but don't pay. Then in the Colonial style dining room servers offer drinks and other food options that can be added to your tab that you pay at the exit.

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Hoosier sure know how to fry chicken. The crust on Byrd's pulls away in large, luscious strips.
"Hoosier sure know how to fry chicken. The crust on Byrd's pulls away in large, luscious strips."
Michael Stern





Note the large nugget of pork at the heart of this serving of full-flavored greens.
"Note the large nugget of pork at the heart of this serving of full-flavored greens."
Michael Stern


Word to the wise: if you get sugar cream pie, ask someone behind the counter to warm it up for you. Cool, it's sticky; warm, it's heaven.
"Word to the wise: if you get sugar cream pie, ask someone behind the counter to warm it up for you. Cool, it's sticky; warm, it's heaven."
Michael Stern



""I figured the cafeteria line would be almost a third as long as a football field," Jonathan Byrd wrote. "I was thinking about what could well be the world's largest cafeteria.""
Michael Stern


For us, looking at the brilliant-colored Jell-Os in a cafeteria line is like browsing among precious gems at Harry Winston. The dark ones in this picture are grape flavor.
"For us, looking at the brilliant-colored Jell-Os in a cafeteria line is like browsing among precious gems at Harry Winston. The dark ones in this picture are grape flavor."
Michael Stern


Our kind of salads! In the foreground: carrot-raisin-marshmallow; in the back: creamy peas.
"Our kind of salads! In the foreground: carrot-raisin-marshmallow; in the back: creamy peas."
Michael Stern


A serving of caramel bread pudding. One of about two dozen irresistible desserts along the Jonathan Byrd cafeteria line.
"A serving of caramel bread pudding. One of about two dozen irresistible desserts along the Jonathan Byrd cafeteria line."
Michael Stern


Roast beef is carved to order. Then choose from a few dozen side dishes to go with it. Of course, we'll take mashed potatoes every time.
"Roast beef is carved to order. Then choose from a few dozen side dishes to go with it. Of course, we'll take mashed potatoes every time."
Michael Stern


We find the experience of going through a good cafeteria line absolutely thrilling.
"We find the experience of going through a good cafeteria line absolutely thrilling."
Michael Stern


A buttermilk drop biscuit: farm baking at its best. It's rich and crumbly, good to eat along with any meat or to crumble atop a serving of vegetables.
"A buttermilk drop biscuit: farm baking at its best. It's rich and crumbly, good to eat along with any meat or to crumble atop a serving of vegetables. "
Michael Stern


Jonathan Byrd is gone, but his religious perspective continues to infuse the dining experience.
"Jonathan Byrd is gone, but his religious perspective continues to infuse the dining experience."
Michael Stern


Take your pick of corn muffins, sweet or regular.
"Take your pick of corn muffins, sweet or regular."
Michael Stern


A vista of victuals. Trays are large at Byrd's cafeteria, but never large enough to hold everything I want to eat.
"A vista of victuals. Trays are large at Byrd's cafeteria, but never large enough to hold everything I want to eat."
Michael Stern


Very cheesy mac n cheese. You can request crustier areas of the casserole, too.
"Very cheesy mac n cheese. You can request crustier areas of the casserole, too."
Michael Stern



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