ROAD TRIP: The Butcher Shoppe & Grill
~ Indianapolis Monthly
Posted By: Trisha Lindsley · 7/30/2012 6:01:00 PM
Last week, I heard about a restaurant opening in the small town of Batesville that was worth the drive. So on Friday, I headed to The Butcher Shoppe & Grill at Walhill Farm (857 Six Pine Ranch Rd., Batesville, 812-934-2600) to see what the fuss was about. The restaurant is housed in an 11,000-square-foot chicken coop–turned–Bavarian-style lodge (not kidding). Instantly, you’re struck by its eclectic state, from the wall of vintage menus and the display of horse bits to the chairs made of bourbon barrels and the giant taxidermy ocean fish. This is no ordinary food spot off the interstate. Yes, I see barrels and I’m in the country—but instead of dreading that ho-hum experience, I’ve found a treasure.
The warm and welcoming bartender informs me this stunning 141-acre farm (including the restaurant) was once owned by George C. Hillenbrand, one of the nation’s most notable industrial engineers (Hill-Rom Co. and Batesville Casket Co.). During the early 1960s, he purchased the land to raise his prized stock of thoroughbred trotters and ponies. When he passed away, his nephew Pete Hillenbrand (who was running a resort on 160-person island called Little Cayman) couldn’t bare to see the farm go unused. So he bought it and eventually decided to open a restaurant.
Pete Hillenbrand hired chef James Bogart to run the kitchen. Bogart most recently comes from Smith & Wollensky, a chain in Columbus, Ohio. His team makes almost everything in house, and uses vegetables (beans, potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, and herbs) from the farm’s garden. They also work with Indiana food companies like Traders Point Creamery, Smoking Goose, and Great Crescent Brewery.
At The Butcher Shoppe & Grill, every customer and every dish seem to count. The buttered made-from-scratch cranberry-walnut bread may sound too sweet as a starter, but trust me on this one. And as mundane as a plate of chicken over linguini sounds, this one is packed with flavor from juicy chunks of bacon, mushrooms, leeks, and roasted tomatoes. And the hearty plate of German-style meat patties, or Frikadellen, is freaking delicious.
Good Monday morning to you, Ms. Tucker.
~ Bob and Judy Parsons
This email serves to inform you that, shortly, you will be receiving correspondence from my husband and me regarding a very closely-guarded secret you have in Batesville- Mary Helen's Bed and Breakfast .
We were fascinated and delighted to have spent part of last weekend in the company of Jim and Cindy Bischoff in an absolutely beautiful setting. The Bischoff's are incredibly ingratiating and hospitable and have definitely mastered the art of innkeeping in an amazing two years of operation.
Your community is indeed fortunate to boast an inn of this caliber. Hopefully, many locals avail themselves of the magnificent weekend dining available. It is also a perfect place for showers, wedding rehearsal dinners, and many other social occasions.
A more detailed account of our experience will be forthcoming via USPO.
Bob and Judy Parsons
Situated in a town of 6500 people this lovely, quaint, & pristine B & B was wonderful. From the moment we arrived until our departure, we felt like family. Beginning with a tour of the home along with interesting historical facts to the outstanding customer service, we couldn't have felt more comfortable or relaxed! Their spa rivals any 5 star hotel spa I've been to with comparable services at very reasonable prices! We had only a short time so we didn't get to experience much of the local fair, but there is plenty to do. So whether you want to relax on the porch swing, catch some rays by the pool, enjoy the beautiful landscape with your favorite novel or enjoy what a small town has to offer, you will not be disappointed when you select Stonebridge. Loved it & will be returning (unfortunately not soon enough)! Highly recommend it! Indiana has something I've never experienced in Orlando! When can I move to Batesville?!
~ Guest of Stonebridge Inn
Link to reviews: http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/ShowReviews.aspx?inn=631890&m=1#s7141073
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