Review Nashville House Restaurant, Nashville Indiana
Nashville Indiana warrants at least one fall trip on a beautiful fall day, the changing of the colors with the scent of fall in the air from apple pumpkin, cinnamon spice to nutmeg used in the Thanksgiving pies. The scenic drive topics ranged from commenting on the tree foliage, to the big delicious meals we would have when we arrived at the Nashville House. My family has made this trip many times for many years. We’ve enjoyed weekend camping trips and day trips in the car. We keep in mind things can change, small towns are having hard times with the ever changing economy, we keep are fingers crossed, that at least the restaurant is close to what we have enjoyed in years past.
Parking was easy, as soon as we turned onto VanBuran St. the main street in this small town. A sign lured us in for all day parking for 5.oo can’t be beat. We were very surprised at the activity and bustling of people also enjoying the fall day in this tiny country town. We hit the cobblestone sidewalks and headed for the Nashville House Restaurant. It was our lunch time and we were hungry.
The familiar looking creaking front porch with its old weathered worn benches was still there you’d never know there is a restaurant inside, if someone did not mention it. Enter through the old screen door and step back in time. The entrance is the gift shop full of jams and jellies, iron skillets, and crockery. A few steps up to the left is the Nashville House Dining Room. Family friendly with its checkered table cloths and big stone fireplace. They use to have large crock water pitchers on each table, now they have been replaced with clear glass pitchers.
The Nashville House has been in business for 60 years and yes changes have occurred. No longer did I see the Aunt Bea’s in their pinafore aprons, they have been replaced with a younger collage age wait staff. Our waiter was pleasant and patient, explaining the menu and lunch specials over and over to the table next to ours.
We went with the tried and true fried chicken, 2 piece (white or dark) mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans. Came with slaw fried biscuits and apple butter. The slaw is their unique country recipe, has a lot of pepper in it? You either love it or hate it. I personally love it, could eat everybody’s and then some. Even if you don’t like it, theirs plenty of other food to fill you up. Mainly the fried biscuits handmade with handmade apple butter.
Lunch menu items include Hoosier ham, roast turkey chopped steak, salad bowls, smoked sausage, chopped steak. Desserts their famous for pecan nut pie, coconut cream pie cobblers and cakes. Don’t forget the sassafras tea, delicious. Specials of the day, which your server will be glad to tell you about. Prices range from $12.95 to 14.95.
I have my own thoughts on the pricing; First off my family always does something special for fall, like a day trip to Nashville Indiana, and treating ourselves to the nostalgic meal at the old Nashville house Restaurant. It is by no means a gourmet meal like you would expect at a 5 star restaurant in New York. Keep in mind you are not in New York You have elected to drive on beautiful fall day to the little country town of Nashville Indiana where hospitality is at its Hoosier finest. Nostalgia is waiting. If your budget can afford it stop by and enjoy and old country meal at The Nashville House. If your budget does not allow you to do so, pack a picnic lunch, and after a day of shopping the many curio shops where artist proudly exhibit their art for sale. Load the family in the car and head for Brown County State Park for your picnic. Theirs fun to be had in this little town. Below I have added the recipe for the Nashville house fried biscuits, for those who can’t go for one reason or another. Pick up a jar of apple butter and fry up some biscuits when you get home, and reminisce about your fun filled day in Nashville Indiana.
Nashville House Fried Biscuits
1 quart milk
¼ cup sugar
2-2/3 pkg. dry yeast
Or 1/6 cup yeast
½ cup lard or shortening
6 tsp. salt
7-9 cups of flour
Add yeast to warm water. Add other ingredients & let dough rise. Work into biscuits and drop into hot fat.
This recipe will make about seven dozen biscuits. They can be frozen individually and stored in plastic bags. When you work them up, don’t let the biscuits rise too high. The fat should be slightly hotter than 350 degrees F. If fat should be too hot, the biscuits will be soggy in the center.
Enjoy with homemade apple butter.
The Nashville House Restaurant Nashville, Indiana Hours: 11:30-8:00 pm
Closed Tuesday except October when open 7 days a week.
The Nashville House Restaurant operates on Eastern Standard Time the year round.
Call ahead to make sure of times. And holiday closings.