Southern Indiana Restaurant Named ‘Most Historic’ in the State
One website recently found the most historic restaurant in each state. Which restaurant is the most historic in Indiana?
Indiana has no shortage of locally owned restaurants that have been open for years. These restaurants have become staples in that area where people must go whenever they are in town. I'm sure we can all think of some historic restaurants in Indiana that we love visiting. It just so happens that my personal favorite historic Indiana restaurant was recently named the "most historic" in the state.
The Most Historic Restaurant in Indiana is...
According to the website, Love Food, the most historic restaurant in Indiana also happens to be the oldest restaurant still in existence in the state. This shouldn't come as a surprise to any of us here in southern Indiana. However, those in other parts of the state have probably never even heard about this hidden gem that we all know and love as The Log Inn.
Okay, so for those who don't know about The Log Inn, here's what Love Food says:
Built in 1825, this rustic Indiana restaurant has the distinction of being one of the oldest stagecoach stops in America. Abraham Lincoln paid a visit to the inn in 1844, as have many other luminaries while traveling through the Midwest. The Log Inn specializes in family-style chicken, ham, and roast beef dinners, but guests can also choose from items like catfish, crab-stuffed shrimp, and quarter chickens.
So this restaurant, located in Haubstadt, is nearly 200 years old. That within itself is pretty cool. The Log Inn has officially been recognized as the oldest restaurant in the state of Indiana.
As previously mentioned, The Log Inn specializes in family-style meals, where each person gets a serving of chicken, ham, or roast beef, and then there are large sides of mashed potatoes, gravy, two vegetables, coleslaw, and hot rolls. We are talking about all-you-can-eat sides! Personally, I always order the fried chicken, but the ham is really good too.
For many in this area of Indiana, this restaurant holds a very special place in their hearts (and stomachs). It's a place people go for birthdays, family gatherings, special events, and more. It's a special place to me because it holds one of my fondest memories of my late cousin, Joe. When I was about four or five, he came to visit us from Ohio. One night we took him there and it was nothing short of entertaining. The servers began to sit the sides right in front of him while he was eating. He loudly proclaimed "Woo-wee! That's some good home cookin'!" Everyone in the restaurant was laughing. To this day, when I go to the Log Inn, I have to say that line out loud in honor of him.
So, if you are ever near the Evansville/Haubstadt area, you need to make it a point to visit The Log Inn. Not only is it the most historic (and oldest) restaurant in Indiana, but it's also VERY delicious!