This week afforded a double opportunity for me–the chance to visit a town I’d never been in before (Dayton, Indiana) and visit with a friend I’d been wanting to catch up with for quite some time.
Trish’s Red Bird Cafe’ is located in Dayton, Indiana, roughly 50 miles north of Indianapolis, just outside of Lafayette.
The building itself has some wonderful history to it. It was one of the original garages/repair shops in town, dating to the early 1900’s. In 2017, it was extensively remodeled and repurposed as the current cafe’.
It’s a pretty large, airy place, and the atmosphere is definitely small town and welcoming. Our server, who’s name I neglected to get, was prompt, friendly, and professional. Since I was catching up with an old friend, I appreciated the fact that she kept our drinks filled, but was unobtrusive and allowed us to visit at our leisure.
The menu is heavy on comfort food, as one would expect in a small town diner. Meatloaf, soups, salads, and several kinds of burgers. The tenderloin had been highly recommended to me, so I knew in advance that was what I wanted.
It’s offered two different ways, hand battered or grilled. I, of course, chose the hand battered.
Friends, this is one of the best tenderloins I’ve had in a long time. The batter was nice and crispy, and the meat itself was quite tender and moist. Everything was cooked perfectly, and the crispness of the batter stayed for the life of the sandwich. No doubt in my mind, this sandwich rates 5 out of 5 bites. It’s priced at $8.99 including a side, and I chose the tater tots, and they were done perfectly, also.
I have a particular fondness for small town diners, and I enjoyed this whole experience, from the service to the food, as much as any I’ve had. I highly recommend a visit.
Trish’s Red Bird Cafe’ is located at 696 Walnut Street, Dayton, Indiana. You can find them online at www.redbirddayton.com and they also have a Facebook page.