I’ve always been fascinated about those dingy restaurants that stand in the middle of nowhere, with an interior similar to the setting of Stephen King’s short story “You know they got a hell of a band”. I’m the kind of tourist that would skip on famous attractions and tourist spots, and would rather hang out at a dive with the locals.
The golden arches nauseates me! When I travel, I enjoy dinning at family owned restaurants. They might not be the cleanest, and they definitely do not offer a dollar menu, but you won’t know what you’re missing on until you visit one of those hole in the wall kind of restaurants.
When I was in Bahrain -the county I’m originally from-, I enjoyed fine dinning -which means spending $50+ for a meal for one-, but my favorite spots were those small Indian and Thai places. Mai Thai, located on Budyia road, was a weekly hang out spot for my friends and I. Authentic Thai food and great South African wine for $4 per glass, you can’t beat that! It sat next to a Chinese place but the Thai restaurant offered more of a comfy environment turning us into “regulars”.
When I moved to Indiana in the Spring of 2011, it was hard to find a restaurant that wasn’t Wendy’s or White Castle. It took a lot of searching, exploring and guts to find a family owned restaurant. Most of those places are usually ran by family members, and are frequented by regulars that think of the place as their own. But I think I fit in very nicely!
The search for another hole in the wall in Indiana shall continue!