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Images from The Siding Restaurant in Peru: Since 1969

Sometimes, the outside of a place doesn’t really give you a clue as to what you will find on the inside. It might provide a hint or, like some places we have visited, it is completely unrelated. At the Siding Restaurant in Peru, Indiana, there was a train car outside. 

What in the world? We couldn’t figure it out. We assumed that meant that Peru had a big connection with the railroads back in the day. We thought it could be sort of like the Monon Connection Museum and Restaurant, a place that gleefully mixed train history with a restaurant (and had one of those smaller trains running overhead on tracks).

The Siding Restaurant in Peru, Indiana

The Siding Restaurant in Peru, Indiana
The Siding Restaurant in Peru, Indiana

Stepping inside, we didn’t see anything to indicate “train.” At least, not at first. Yes, we knew it was a train term, yes, we saw the train cars outside but…we didn’t really think they were part of the actual Peru, Indiana restaurant. And, yet–they are.

Depending on the temperature and servers available, you can dine inside of the two Milwaukee Road dining cars. There is even a bar in one of the cars. They also use the train cars to host groups. They can handle private banquets of up to 200 people at the Siding Restaurant.

We had one of the best servers that we have ever had anywhere. She was so accommodating and friendly. It really made the experience. The buffet was fantastic. The prime rib was amazing, the desserts were homemade, and everything about the food we tried was top notch. So where were all the people? Let’s help turn this Miami County restaurant into a bustling place once again, okay?

Buffets Galore

The Siding Restaurant in Peru, Indiana
The Siding Restaurant in Peru, Indiana

From the menu, items like the chicken salad fruit plate, the bourbon chicken, the fried chicken, and the buffets. Depending on what night of the week it is, they may offer a seafood buffet. There’s also a brunch buffet on Sundays. As I mentioned, we had the prime rib buffet.

It included excellent options like broasted chicken, fried fish, shrimp, salmon patties, baked whitefish, fresh salmon, and peel and eat shrimp. Our oldest has always loved shrimp. It has been his favorite thing since he was four years old. He was overjoyed!

But we all tried to save at least a little room for the end. There is one heck of a dessert buffet. Seriously, these are homemade and memorable. The same woman comes in to make the cakes, pies, and other treats.

Peru, Indiana Train Restaurant

The Siding Restaurant in Peru, Indiana
The Siding Restaurant in Peru, Indiana

From early closings to buffet announcements, and then some, you can keep up with the Siding Restaurant in Peru on Facebook.

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the Siding Restaurant
8 West 10th
Peru, IN 46970
765.473.4041
Hours:
Noon: Tuesday to Friday – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday – 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Sunday brunch – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Buffet Smorgasbord:
Friday and Saturday nights – 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Sunday brunch – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
As always, please call ahead to verify hours before making a special trip.
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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a PBS segment on the state-wide program "The Weekly Special," a bi-weekly column in a local newspaper, and a book. Look for "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" published by Indiana University Press in April 2016--just in time for Indiana's BIG 200th Birthday Celebration.

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