Are you visiting Shipshewana, but have a craving for something other than fried chicken or noodles? You've got to eat at Fireside Cafe.
Nestled in the heart of Yoder's Shopping Center in Shipshewana, Indiana, Fireside Cafe is a restaurant featuring house-smoked meats, homemade recipes, super-premium ice cream, locally roasted coffee, and more.
Fireside Cafe has a beautiful dining room inside...but did you know that they also are home to Shipshewana's first and only drive-thru? It's car, buggy, bicycle, and tractor-friendly! Only in Shipshewana...am I right?!
When you enter Fireside Cafe, you will be greeted by the sites of delicious homemade fudge and 28 unique flavors of ice cream. You can place your order at the counter where you will receive your table number and drinks. Then, walk into the dining room and pick from a seat near or away from the beautiful stone fireplace.
A few minutes later, your order will be delivered to your table along with a selection of homemade sauces to choose from.
My Favorite Menu Items
So...I eat here a lot. Seriously...I mean a lot. I definitely order at least two times a month, but it probably ends up being about once a week. (Our office here at Shipshewana Trading Place LOVES to get lunch and coffee at Fireside). With that being said, I'm pretty much an expert on the menu. Here is a list of my "Fireside Faves." Believe me, you'll want to try these.
1. Fireside Melt
The Fireside Melt is seriously the best! A house-smoked turkey, ham & bacon sandwich with red onions, cheese, and dijon sauce on grilled sourdough.
If you choose to make it a meal, you get your choice of homemade side, large fountain drink, and single scoop of super premium ice cream for just $3 extra. I would recommend choosing the broccoli salad as your side - it's fresh broccoli combined with cranberries, onions, and bacon in their vinegarbased dressing...yum!
2. Caramel Iced Coffee
Need a pick-me-up? Don't forget the iced caramel coffee. (Ask for it with cream and sugar for a really awesome treat). It hits the spot and gives you that extra jolt of energy before heading out and about for unique Shipshewana Shopping! It also goes great with the delicious smoked pork, or veggie breakfast burrito -- available all day!
3. Smoked Black Bean Wrap
This is an office favorite, especially since one of my co-workers is vegetarian! (Although this is a great choice whether you are vegetarian or not!) The black bean wrap is a delicious combination of smoked black beans, lettuce, red onions, peppers, roasted corn, avocado, cheese, and signature sauce, wrapped up into a honey wheat tortilla.
4. Kids Meal
It's so nice when cafes and restaurants offer a kids' menu, don't you think? My two youngest love to get the Kids Meal at the Fireside. It's a great deal, and it fills them up because it includes a sandwich, chips, drink and ice cream!
4. Ice Cream
And who can forget the 28 flavors of Super-Premium Ice cream?! I have no single favorite, but my most recent flavor of choice is the Exhausted Parent™. This yummy frozen treat is a bourbon-spiked espresso ice cream swirled with bittersweet chocolate chunks. (Try the hand-made waffle cones... I would recommend the chocolate dipped one!)
The next time you're in Shipshewana, you must eat at the Fireside Cafe. From the moment you enter the door to the final stop at the ice cream counter on your way out, you will find a favorite to come back for time and again.
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