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Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria

100 Byrd Way, Greenwood, IN - (317) 887-8888
Posted By Randy Owens on 1/28/2005 11:07:00 PM
I had a chance to spend New Year's Eve here two years ago while I was in town on a business trip. There was an old-fashioned gospel singing going on and the cafeteria had converted to a flat rate charge of $25 which included a limited all you can eat menu and the entertainment. The main parts of the menu were the traditional baked ham, turkey, mac-n-cheese, green bean casserole, dressing, and cranberry sauce that you always HAVE to have! The food was well cooked for the crowd of about 500 people and even thought the lines were a bit slow, the staff was working very hard to move things along. Dessert was a choice of several pies and cakes and in general the meal was pleasing and appetizing.

While I was a bit dissapointed to not get the "real" food, I have to say that the staff and the people there for the event were VERY gracious and welcoming. I stood out quite a bit with my southern (NC) accent and was the subject of more than a few, "You ain't from around here are you?" comments but all in all I had a wonderful time in a clean, family atmosphere.

I came away with the impression that these particular types of gospel singing events are just par for the course in this part of the country! I would recommend it and would love to do it again.

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"Hoosier sure know how to fry chicken. The crust on Byrd's pulls away in large, luscious strips."
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"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."
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"A serving of caramel bread pudding. One of about two dozen irresistible desserts along the Jonathan Byrd cafeteria line."
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