Let's Eat: The Original Hoosier Cafe

Let’s Eat: The Original Hoosier Cafe

Homemade food… farmer size portions!

I’m originally from Indiana. I was born in Terre Haute and grew up in Harmony. No, not New Harmony… Just Harmony. I have a lot of good memories from Indiana, but am glad that I moved to Arizona. Matter of fact, I haven’t been back to Indiana since moving to Arizona. No plans on going back anytime soon. That is why I am glad Sheryl took us to The Original Hoosier Cafe in Chandler, Arizona.

A couple of weeks ago we were headed to Tucson for #CodyWedding15, and on the way, Sheryl wanted to get breakfast. She didn’t tell me where we were going, but when we got there… I laughed and we went in.

This place was awesome! There was stuff hanging on the walls, including an old Reggie Miller jersey, and the menu was, well… Fitting. It said, “You must be a Hoosier if…” Nearly all of these are accurate, and I will list them for you below. If you are from Indiana, or have spent any time there, you’ll understand. This is pretty great. Cheers!

You’ve never met any celebrities
Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway
You measure distance in miles
Down south to you means Kentucky
You know several people who have hit a deer
You have no problem spelling or pronouncing Terre Haute
Your school classes were cancelled because of cold
Your school classes were cancelled because of heat
You know where all the Yoder’s live
You’ve ridden the school but for an hour each way
You’ve ever had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day
You know what’s knee-high by the Fourth of July
You shop at Marsh
Store don’t have bags, they have sacks
You call a green pepper a “mango”
You see people wear bib overalls at funerals
You see a car running in the parking lot at the store with no one in it no matter what time of year
All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, or grain
You go to the fair every night of its week long duration
Your idea of a really great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the bun and accompanied only by ketchup and a dill pickle slice
You’ve heard of Euchre, you know how to play Euchre, and you are the master of Euchre
You say catty-wumpus and kitty-corner
You know what FFA stands for
You think of the major four food groups as beef, pork, beer and Jello-O salad with marshmallows
You consider being called a “Pork Queen” an honor
You carry jumper cables in your car
You drink “pop”
You know what “cow tipping” is
If you can see at least 2 basketball hoops from your yard
High school basketball game draws a bigger crowd on the weekend nights than movie theaters
You actually know what CART vs IRL debate is about, and you have taken a side
The biggest question of your youth was “IU or Purdue”

I mean… Reading this brought back so many memories. I love it mentions “pop.” Yes, I drank and still drink “pop.” Not soda, but “pop.”

This place is so cool. It’s small, the portions are huge, the prices are great, and the service is incredible. Oh, and you don’t pay your server. You take your bill to the front and pay up there… Not sure if that is an Indiana thing, but I remember that growing up. My first job was at the Blue Bonnet. It was that way. Wow… The Blue Bonnet. See, all these memories just rushing back!

We had a blast at The Original Hoosier Cafe. I can’t wait to go back!