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Bonge’s Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana: Gourmet American Cuisine with Small Town Flair

Bonge's Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana

Bonge’s Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana

Bonge’s Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana is in a town of less than 150 people.

What began as a hardware store in the 1830′s has been a popular Madison County dining destination since 1934–one taste and you’ll know why!

Bonge’s Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana

We had no idea where Bonge’s Tavern was hiding! We went up one road and back-tracked down another. And then? I saw a tiny sign on a telephone pole with an arrow pointing the way! See what I mean about following signs with arrows? It always leads to good things!

Tucked away among  a group of houses and plenty of trees, Bonge’s Tavern is on a curvy road–and was it ever hopping! We were shocked to learn that on this particular Friday night there was a two hour wait time!

But folks don’t mind. Tailgating is a common sight in Bonge’s spacious parking lot. Everyone brings their own chairs, stocked coolers, and music and just hang out while they wait their turn. There’s even a port-a-potty in the parking area during the warmer months. No kidding. Bonge’s Tavern is for folks aged 21 and up.

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Bonge's Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana

Bonge’s Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana: Hargar Duck

A simple chalkboard menu features changing items. Short and sweet, it was still so hard for us to decide! Should I get the Applewood Smoked Prime Rib or the Lamb Chops with Beluga Lentils? What about that Atlantic Char?

We started with their famed tomato soup and a side of the jalapeno corn bread. Oh–and crab cakes. Hey, we were hungry!

Knowing Hoosiers love of pork tenderloin sandwiches, Bonge’s Tavern features a non-sandwich spin: Perkinsville Pork–and my husband, Jeremy, claimed dibs. Now that was a fancy pork tenderloin! Delicious! I went with the Harger Duck: tender duck wrapped around jalapeno, bacon, and cream cheese. Served with wild rice and a potato casserole, you could say it was memorable! Wow!

That’s the thing about Bonge’s Tavern. Every single thing we ate was amazing. True to small town style we sat at vinyl tablecloth covered booths and enjoyed the lively conversation.

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Bonge's Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana

Bonge’s Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana: Jalapeno Cornbread

Now this is a popular place! I haven’t even gotten to the loveliness that was dessert. Once again, go with the small Indiana town     flow and sit back, relax, and stay awhile.

At Bonge’s Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana, it’s not only encouraged…it’s expected!

Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!

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Bonge’s Tavern
9830 West 280 North
Perkinsville, Indiana 46011
765.734.1625

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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the little Indiana owner, Host of a little Indiana segment state-wide on PBS and Publisher of the little Indiana Quarterly magazine. Sometimes, she even sleeps. You'll usually find Jessica gallivanting around Indiana towns (population 15,000 and less) with her husband, Jeremy, and two boys (ages 7 and 3) in tow in search of where to stay, play and eat in small towns across the state! Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus!

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