Is it possible to get decent Chinese food in a small country town in Indiana? I would have thought no but then I stopped off at Hong Dragon in Versailles, IN. This is not fancy Chinese food but the food is great and so are the prices. After a day of hiking or boating at Versailles State Park this is one of the best options for affordable food in the area. If you are looking for something really hot order the General Tso’s and tell her extra, extra spicy. They will ask if you are sure. Say yes and pay extra if it’s asked but it normally is not. If you do not like your food spicy try their vegetable Lo-mein. It is inexpensive and a real treat. I also liked their Sesame Chicken, Fried rice, Crab Rangoons, Egg Rolls, and their Lo-mein varieties. They make everything fresh. It takes about 20 minutes on most nights to get your food. You can call ahead but I found it more interesting to stay and enjoy the family dynamic of the place.
On a side note: This place is easy to miss when heading down South Adams toward Madison. They are by a Dairy Queen. If you pass all the stores & businesses and hit houses and countryside you have gone too far. Turn back and try again.
Location: 1014 S Adams St, Versailles, IN
Cost: Less than $10 a person
On a trip to Chicago we were trying to find a place to eat around Indianapolis. We were intrigued by a billboard promising burritos the size of your head. I could not eat a burrito the size of my head but the thought was interesting. I hoped I would see somebody order one. When we first came into the parking lot there was a building behind the restaurant with the name “Babes” on the side. I thought, “Now that’s an interesting name for a clothing store.” We went into the restaurant which had certainly seen better days but the smell was intoxicating and invited us in. After getting a whiff we were ordering food, even if we had to eat in the car.
Ivy and I ordered chicken tacos. They were more on our level in the size department. Ivy also got a plate full of cactus. Isabella got a cheese quesadilla. Michael was over the moon when he found out they had tongue tacos. They are hard to find in this area and he loved them growing up. We ordered a plate of rice to share. They have a condiment bar with hot sauces and spiced, pickled vegetables. They have fountain drinks but they also have traditional Mexican drinks at the front. My tacos were really good! I tried a bite of his because I had not eaten tongue before. It was not too bad but had an odd sweet taste. I wonder if that is just the way they cooked it. A man did indeed come in and order one of those burritos while we were eating. It was in fact as big as his head and a foot long. All I could think was “What a big freaking burrito! I hope he’s sharing with a couple people.”
It was great food at very reasonable prices! We ate our food and cleaned up our table. As we walked outside my husband started laughing. I asked what and he pointed to the building I had seen earlier. I said “Yeah, I know. It’s a weird name.” That just made him laugh harder. We got the kids in and situated. As we were buckling our own seat belts, he told Ivy to find a movie for Isabella and her to watch. There was no way out of the parking lot except to go behind the restaurant and past “Babes.” As we were driving out of the lot it finally hit me. We were driving through the lot of a strip club. That explained my husband’s laughing and the fact that he was trying to keep Ivy from looking out of the window. I guess this is a life lesson “When following billboards with children in the car into questionable neighborhoods you may stumble across strip clubs.” All I can say was that the food was well worth it and the laugh was just a bonus. Here’s to another crazy travel story!
Location: 3820 Lafayette Rd Indianapolis, IN 46254
Cost: $25 for a family of four
This small sandwich shop is worth the hunt! Some of the best sandwiches I have ever had at their rock bottom prices. They have a very small lot and a fairly small indoor seating area. If you go at lunch time be prepared for the crowd. They have very limited hours. They are not open on the weekends. They close daily at 2:30pm. I thought this was crazy but I understand it. They do all their business at lunch rush.
When you visit I suggest the turkey and Swiss on marbled rye. It was my favorite. Their sandwiches come with lettuce, tomato, and a pickle on the side. They sell drinks and chips if you want to make it a meal. They also make a decent gyro. This is one of those deli’s with a counter into the kitchen that you yell your order over. The menu is on a chalk board. They do have proper sides but they change daily. Their ever changing menu is part of my delight with this place.
If you are ever in the area on a weekday stop in for lunch!
Address: 302 East Pearl Street Batesville, IN 47006
Phone Number: (812) 934-6639
There is beauty everywhere in the city. It is amazing the buildings you come across! Moments like this where adults and kids both look up in awe is the reason I love architecture!