I have to admit that I was quite surprised about the negative reviews I saw on this site. I travel on business to Bloomington about every 2 months. For the past 5 trips or so, I have exclusively eaten at FARM. I got to meet the chef, Daniel Orr, one time who was very welcoming and was able to take the time to chat for a few minutes. Let's go over the basics.
First of all, I have only been here for dinner and I have always eaten at the bar. The bar tender has always been very friendly and eager to serve. One time, I even accidentally spilled a whole beer all over his work area. He immediately said "no problem", poured me another beer, and didn't charge me for it. If you are a huge IPA fan, then I recommend the Dogfish 90 minute on tap. I have yet to find this anywhere else on tap in Indiana. I haven't had anything else to drink there.
I always get the white bean hummus as an appetizer. I also have tried the pizzas, the tuna, and the beef brisket. I have never had anything bad here. In fact, everything that I have eaten has been either exceptional or excellent. The menu changes with seasons so take advantage of the seasonal items.
I will be back again for the beer, hummus, and the other offerings.
I used to travel to Terre Haute at least once a month. Now I am getting there around once every 3 months. I have stayed at a lot of different places and never really got settled until I started staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. Aside from the Holiday Inn, it is the only hotel I know of in town that has a restaurant and bar attached to it which is important to me. The other thing I like about this hotel is the fact that it is so close to a running/biking trail. There are also places albeit few where one can eat within walking distance. The staff is always very nice and willing to assist you. The rooms are always clean and they serve breakfast every morning in the restaurant. If you are a Hilton HHonors Diamond Member, breakfast is on them. This is the only place I stay in Terre Haute now.
This is located in the downtown area near all of the bank buildings. It is steps away from the Hilton Downtown. I have been to quite a few Brazilian Steakhouses....some of the typical chain types and some local independent ones....I've even been at some overseas. This one is probably closer to the best one I've been to. There was plenty of choices on the salad bar, and plenty of choices to choose from in the rodizio category. I sampled, many different cuts of beef, lamb, pork, sausage, chicken and even some fish. Some places are heavy on the beef which I can understand but i like having more variety. The waiters and the folks with the meat were all very attentive and all provided great service. It also has a pretty good wine list
This place has a lot of good things going for it. First if all it is one of the few waterfront restaurants in Marion. Secondly, most dining is upstairs so you can take advantage of the view. On Monday nights, they have specials on burgers and domestic beers. However, their menu on other nights has an array of choices from pasta to sandwiches to steak to seafood. A good place to get lunch or dinner or just to have a few drinks.
This place is locally owned and operated. In fact you'll most likely see the proprietor behind the bar.
I didn't have the pizza. I had the greek salad and a dish that had penne pasta, chicken, prosciutto, and shrimp in a cream sauce. Pretty rich! I went on a Wednesday and they affectionately called it Whino Wednesday i believe. 1/2 price on wine by the glass as well as 1/2 price on bottles. Too bad I had to drive back to my hotel. However, I had a great glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. The bartender, waiting staff, and owner were super friendly. I hope I get back soon!
We went there for my B-Day dinner. Good stuff. We both had the chop salad which I would highly recommend. My wife had the lasagna which was quite tasty. I had the Ravioli stuffed with braised beef. A totally different take on Ravioli but very tasty. It was served with sweet potatoes and a butter sauce. ultimate comfort food. We shared the Chocolate fudge center cake with ice cream....mmmmmmm. This is a chain but the service and food was good. I would go back.
This is one of the best if not the best places to have dinner in Terre Haute. The part of this restaurant that also makes it so great is the friendliness of both proprietors Steve and Char. They make you feel right at home. If you are alone, they'll invite you to sit in the bar area where you will find others who also may be dining alone. Everyone is always friendly. It is really quite the "home away from home" if you are traveling on business. It makes it a little more bearable. It is neither near downtown nor the hotel section of town but the extra effort is well worth it.
I recommend their stuffed mushrooms, their bowtie pasta with asparagus and cream sauce, and their prime rib is some of the best I've ever had. Our company has even hosted our Christmas parties there because of the great food and service. If you have room, ask for a chocolate martini. It's the best I've ever had but don't expect Steve to share the secret with you.
Another great waiter is Don so ask for him by name.
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