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Oct 13, 2008 10:56 AM

I-65 Chi-Indy Any hidden treasures?

We drove all the time from Chicago to Nashville Indiana. We are looking for some places to stop for breakfast-lunch that are not chain restaurants. We bypass Indianapolis. Help?

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  1. Sue, if you like barbecue, try South Street Smokehouse in Lafayette, IN. You can get directions off their website: It's not too far off I-65.

    It's a small, a kind of divey place, where you order at the counter and they bring it out to you. I recommend the pulled pork sandwich, which comes with crisp, buttered bun and fries. The onion rings are as close to perfect as I've ever had. The meat is not heavily sauced and you can choose one of seven different sauces set out on the counter in pump jugs. I like the one on the far right... I think it's called Mike's Fire sauce or something like that.

    1. There are a couple of suggestions in the topic at

      1. If you don't mind going into West Lafayette, the XXX diner dishes up breakfast, hamburgers & tasty root beer.


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        1. re: crispychick

          I went to Purdue and I would not necessarily recommend Triple XXX. I don't understand the widespread love for this place. It's not bad exactly, but there's nothing to distinguish it from any truck stop, Waffle House or Steak n Shake.

          If you are in Lafayette on a Sunday, try the wings at Lafayette Brewing company. They are crisp, juicy and well sauced, and Sundays are 1/2 price wing days.

        2. If you're willing to drive down 37 to Bloomington, then head east to Nashville, you can find an amazing lunch experience at Finch's on Kirkwood. FARMbloomington is also worth the trip -- they have a vegan curry on the menu that's worth a one-hour detour.

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          1. re: pikawicca

            I second Finch's and FARMbloomington.