It’s been quite a few years since Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso, Indiana made its famous turkey dinners using turkeys raised on the farmland outside the restaurant.
But some things haven’t changed at this Porter County restaurant. Strongbow Inn is still famous for its turkey dinners.
Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso, Indiana
The restaurant, which has fed luminaries such as former U.S. Supreme Court member Sandra Day O’Connor, remains a popular draw year round, ever more so on Thanksgiving. I have enjoyed plenty of Thanksgivings — as well as plenty of other days throughout the year — at Strongbow.
Each Turkey Day, the restaurant serves 3,500 people. That means cooking 130 turkeys weighing 30 pounds apiece. It means serving 1,400 pounds of whipped potatoes, 140 gallons of gravy, 20,000 famous Strongbow rolls, 400 gallons of dressing and 750 pounds of cranberries.
Save room for dessert, because they serve 720 pies and 5,000 pastries on Thanksgiving.
And while the turkey dinner, turkey schnitzel and turkey pie remain the most popular dishes, the menu has evolved and features a variety of fresh seafood choices, grass fed beef steaks, pasta dishes, vegetarian options and gluten-free choices.
Valparaiso, Indiana Restaurant
Strongbow Inn also features a large banquet area and a retail bakery. Many people stop in just to pick up a loaf of bread, a pie, a cake, cookies or other delectable treats.
Strongbow’s Blue Yonder Lounge is also a fun room to sit in, with its model airplanes hanging from the ceiling and its curved walls and windows designed to make people think they’re sitting in an airplane.
In all, this northern Indiana venue seats 725 people.
Strongbow Inn is located at 2405 U.S. 30 in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Call 219-462-5121 or visit their website (linked below) for more information.
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