Lake Getaways Without The Crowds
Patoka Lake: Where to eat
French Lick Winery Salads, breads and dips, pizzas, and pastas complement the wines made here in West Baden Springs. Try the roasted red pepper rigatoni served with marinara or Alfredo (812/936-2293; frenchlickwinery.com).
Mama T's Italian Eatery A young chef turned his Italian grandma's recipes into must-try meals in Jasper. Even simple spaghetti and meatballs will wow you, along with recession-friendly prices (812/481-1542; meatballking.com).
Patoka Lake Cafe In an old general store just up the road from the lake, the cafe serves fluffy blueberry pancakes, a breakfast wrap and the Jimbo, two open-faced biscuits topped with sausage, eggs and gravy (812/685-2508).
Schwartz Family Restaurant In nearby Eckerty, this cafeteria-style dining room offers up baked chicken, meat loaf, lasagna, chicken and dumplings, plus plenty of sides and pie (812/338-9000; schwartzrestaurant.com).
Sinclair's Restaurant Located at the West Baden Springs Hotel, Sinclair's exudes European class and showcases Indiana farmers. The pricey but beautifully executed, seasonally inspired dishes include barbecued pork served with red cabbage slaw and scallops atop Indiana sweet corn and asparagus (888/936-9360; frenchlick.com).
Pictured: Breakfast at Patoka Lake Cafe.