I might be a bit biased, but I think every place to eat in Shipshewana, Indiana has a nice charm of its own. There's the quaint decor, simple Amish influences, and amazing food everywhere you turn! However, there is one cafe here in town that you'll definitely want to spend awhile at to enjoy its ambiance.
It's a small eatery, but don't let that fool you...the Pumpkinvine Cafe has so much to offer including breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, ribs, pizza, coffee and cheesecake! Plus, it's got an amazing set up with large windows where you can eat and watch the shoppers and horse and buggies go by.
The restaurant was named after the Pumpkin Vine Railroad, which was built in 1888, before the town of Shipshewana was founded. You'll notice the railroad decor inside the cafe, as well as several menu items that are themed the same!
When you walk through the door, you'll smell delicious meats cooking, along with a faint smell of fresh coffee. After being greeted with a smile by the staff, you'll pick up a small paper menu from the counter for you to begin to make your selection.
I have personally been frequenting the Pumpkinvine Cafe for over 2 years, and I must say, everything I've tried (or have watched other people try) from the menu has been delicious. My personal favorites are:
Your Way Salad
It's so nice to eat healthy in Shipshe once in a while, right? The Your Way Salad is a big portion of lettuce and is fun to get with all the veggies (mushrooms, tomatoes, jalopenos, yellow peppers, onions, green peppers, cucucmbers) on top! You can also choose one meat (ham, turkey, steak or chicken). I'd reccomend getting the Honey French dressing to go with it - it's delicious!
I'm a pizza fanatic. Ask my closest friends and family, I could eat pizza for every night of the week if I could! The Pumpkinvine Cafe's pizza is special though...it's made on Naan Bread! The naan gives it such a delicious and unique flavor. I just can't get enough!
Who doesn't love a good solid BLT? This one has crumbled bacon, lettuce, tomato, dill spread and cheddar cheese all on top of sourdough bread. The dill spread is what makes this sandwhich to die for! Plus, you get kettle cooked chips on the side!
Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a Bread Bowl
There is just something so comforting about eating a bowl full of broccoli cheddar soup. Put it in a bowl made out of delicious buttery bread, and it makes it that much better. I highly recommend giving it a try at the Pumpkinvine Cafe.
Other House Favorites at the Pumpkinve Cafe include:
- Fajita Salad - Fajita chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, black olives, cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips
- Freight Car Sandwich - Thick sliced turkey, ham, applewood bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes an dill spread on naan bread
- Pumpkinvine Special - Steak, sauteed onions & peppers, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese on a french roll, plus your choice of steak sauce or mayo.
- Mouse Trap - Bacon, cheese, pickes and mayo on toasted sourdough bread
- Rail-Man Landing - Chicken, bacon, ranch dressing, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes on naan bread
- Hoosier Daddy - Beef patty, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese and choice of sauce
- Baby Back BBQ Ribs - Served everyday starting at 4 p.m.
The Pumpkinvine Cafe offers espresso, coffee, hot tea, iced coffee, lattes, cappuccions, frappes, smoothies...and best of all...cheesecake!
My personal favorite drink is their "Rail Cart Coffee." The Rail Cart Coffee comes with creamer, real whipped cream, and flavor of choice. Hint: choose caramel.
I've only had the cheesecake twice, but it has been amazing both times! I believe I had raspberry chocolate, and I had to slow down and savor each bite because it was so great. They have slices or whole cheesecakes available.
The next time you're in Shipshewana and looking for a cute and unique place to stop and eat, definitely try the Pumpkinvine cafe. It's decor, seating, and food will delight and surprise you!
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