Alongside a café and wine bar, a bed and breakfast, and a wholesale producer, a bakery might be eclipsed. But it isn't the case for Scholars Inn Bakehouse, one of the myriad parcels of Scholars Inn. The bakery produces daily fresh-baked breads made entirely from scratch and formed by hand, earning praise from several publications, including a guest spot on the cover of Modern Baking magazine. Fragrant breads hewn from all-natural ingredients emerge from European stone-hearth ovens, ready to complement the café menu, sit alongside granolas and bagels, or fill in as backup footballs.
Cozy Lounge pairs frosty beer and mixed drinks with satisfying pub eats ranging from hot wings to grilled tenderloin. Pizzas, sandwiches, and baked subs round out the menu. The spot stays open until 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with poker, karaoke, and other amusements to keep groups entertained. Check out the schedule.
McSwain's Smokehouse gathers a medley of classic recipes from the country's most respected barbecuing regions—Texas, Memphis, the Carolinas, and Kansas City. Hickory smokers cook bacon-wrapped ribs, polish sausages, and slow-smoked beef brisket. In addition to these, chefs build more than a dozen sandwiches, including the McSwain burger topped with shaved brisket, barbecue sauce, and cole slaw. Though the restaurant's food spans different parts of the country, its drink list tends to celebrate Indiana, with a variety of locally brewed beers available in the outdoor beer garden.
Since it was established in 1952 as Alta's Place, Ann's Restaurant has weathered a lot of change. It switched locations; it was destroyed in a fire in 1987 and then reborn; and its seating capacity has expanded from 13 to 100 over the years. But in spite of all this change, the menu is still comprised of American classics just as welcomed in 1952 as they are today. Breakfast plates brim with omelets, buttermilk hot cakes, and biscuits and gravy. During lunchtime, the menu includes grilled tenderloin sandwiches, tuna melts, and half-pound double cheeseburgers.