The Hav a Bite diner is your typical small town diner located on State Road 52 in Metamora, Indiana.
I had reviewed the Hav a Bite a few years ago, but it had since closed and sat vacant for a year or so, and recently re-opened under new ownership, so we thought we’d give they a try.
As is typical with most small town diners, there are a LOT of locals who the servers know by name. It was evident when we entered that a lively conversation among the regulars was going on. We were unsure whether to seat ourselves, or if we were to be seated. I caught a server’s eye, and still didn’t have a clue, so we made our way to a table.
I know more than a few restaurant owners read my blog, so here’s a hint to you. When someone comes into your restaurant, you only have a few brief moments to make a good impression. That impression will likely stay with customers long after they leave your establishment, no matter the quality of the meal.
You probably are picking up that we didn’t feel especially welcome when we first entered the restaurant, and that is exactly the case. After we seated ourselves and our server came to the table, the service was fine, but that first impression still lingered.
I ordered the breaded tenderloin, which is hand breaded. Upon looking at it, I thought, “This looks like a fritter”, but I’m happy to report that it wasn’t. It was a nice piece of meat with good flavor.
Unfortunately, the breading was quite bland, and probably detracted a bit from the taste of the meat, as opposed to adding to it. Don’t get me wrong….it wasn’t a BAD sandwich…it just wasn’t an especially good one. I’d call it average…3 out of 5 bites.
The sandwich was served as I requested, and for my side I chose onion rings, which were quite good.
For her dinner, Holly chose the pulled pork bbq sandwich. Holly reports that this is her “go-to” entree when she goes to a restaurant and can’t make a decision about what to have from the menu. This is a pretty good one…well-balanced meat and sauce, and not too sweet or vinegary.
I’m left with mixed emotions about the Hav a Bite. I really DO want to support small, locally owned businesses, but I also realize I work hard for my money and expect a good experience when I spend it. Nevertheless, I’ll likely give them another try, but I won’t likely order the tenderloin.
The Hav a Bite is located on State Road 52 in Metamora, Indiana. I was unable to find a website or Facebook page for them.