During a Midwest Travel Bloggers Twitter chat I won several gift certificates to Morgan County, Indiana, restaurants. Skip and I had already eaten at a few Morgan County restaurants that we loved and were excited to taste more of the area’s cuisine. So last summer we scheduled a trip to Morgan County mainly for the culinary experiences. While the atmosphere at all of the restaurants we tried is casual, each has its own unique cuisine.
You don’t have to visit New Orleans for an authentic Cajun experience. Louisiana-born Carter Hutchinson and his wife Deb bring Cajun to Indiana. Hutchinson grew up cooking the Cajun family recipes he now serves in Zydeco’s. Try a popular Cajun dish like gumbo or etouffee, or opt for something more unusual, like ya ya chicken. The New Orleans-style décor will have you believing you’re in a New Orleans bistro, ready to celebrate Mardi Gras year-round. Read more about Zydeco’s on Midwest Wanderer.
The Gray Brothers Cafeteria is an area icon, in business since 1944. The menu varies, depending on the day of the week, but some items—including fried chicken, roast beef, and homemade noodles—are everyday menu staples. Meals are served cafeteria style. Be sure to add a slice of pie to your tray as you go through the cafeteria line.
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Named best barbecue in Indiana by Thrillist and number two on the Visit Indiana website, Squealers Barbecue Grill is a barbecue lover’s must-try. The restaurant offers a different lunch special Monday through Friday. The “Seniors and Piglets” menu includes your choice of smoked meat, two sides, and a fried biscuit with apple butter.
A corner diner in downtown Martinsville, Come n’ Get It serves breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, plus dinner on Thursdays and Fridays (closed Sunday and Monday). Start your day with eggs, pancakes, or waffles. For lunch, choose from classic diner sandwiches, salads, or burgers.
Tomato Pizza Pie Joint is located off the beaten path, about eight miles southwest of Martinsville. Being Chicago-area pizza snobs, I admit we were apprehensive about a central Indiana pizza. But we both enjoyed it, especially the crust. I recommend trying it.
The rain was pouring down the day we visited Cedar Creek. We managed to take a few photos outside between rainfalls. We couldn’t do much tasting, however, since we had a long drive home ahead of us. I did, however sample a couple of the wines in the winery before walking over to the new distillery building. On Sunday afternoons enjoy music while you sip, or register for occasional painting parties and other events.
Martinsville Candy Kitchen is most famous for their handmade candy canes, having made them for almost a hundred years. Not surprising, Christmas is their big season. But because they make them in many colors and flavors—and sometimes heart shaped—the candy is also popular for Valentine’s Day and weddings. If you visit on a day they’re making candy canes or other confections, you can watch the process through a window at the rear of the store. Besides candy, Martinsville Candy Kitchen also offers ice cream treats. Read more about Martinsville Candy Kitchen.
Where to stay in Morgan County
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Martinsville during our visit to Morgan County. Check rates here.
Disclosures: Visit Morgan County Indiana hosted our Morgan County stay.
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