Biff’s Pioneer House in Mooresville

Biff’s Pioneer House in Mooresville

Biff's Pioneer House Bakery and Cafe in Mooresville, Indiana

Biff’s Pioneer House Bakery and Cafe in Mooresville, Indiana


You would never guess that Biff’s Pioneer House Bakery and Restaurant in Mooresville, Indiana was the start of something very, very good!

Every small business hopes for longevity. Unfortunately, many don’t achieve the long run or the type of fame that comes with creating a bakery item like this Morgan County bakery. But the owners really put their heart and soul into this place. The glass cases were full of delicious looking pastries. Don’t you agree?

Biff’s Pioneer House in Mooresville

Biff's Pioneer House Bakery and Cafe in Mooresville, Indiana

Biff’s Pioneer House Bakery and Cafe in Mooresville, Indiana


Since 1956, this downtown bakery and cafe has been the local meeting place. You can feel it when you walk in the door. This is a community hub.

Serving breakfast and lunch, Biff’s is known for dishing out a delicious biscuits and gravy. In fact, people come from miles around for the stick to your ribs meal. Who can resist a warm breakfast and good, familiar company?

Locals come in, take “their” seats, and linger over cups of coffee. As in any small town cafe, the pot is always on. They share town gossip and discuss the big news of the day. Just as they have had for the past  sixty years.

Mooresville, Indiana is Home of the Bismark

Biff's Pioneer House Bakery and Cafe in Mooresville, Indiana

Biff’s Pioneer House Bakery and Cafe in Mooresville, Indiana


As part of a larger group I didn’t have time for a full meal–but there is always time for the product that put Biff’s Pioneer House on the map. And, no, I don’t mean the biscuits and gravy (highly praised though they may be).

This small town bakery invented the Bismark! Those round, jelly or custard filled donuts without holes, yes, they were created right here! The owner’s father first made these mouth-watering pastries and now the family is carrying on the tradition. Yes, it has passed into the hands of family members as the years pass.

Tutti Fruitti, a fruit and raisin roll, pineapple, peach, cherry, and apple are a few of the delectable flavors that customers will find lining these bakery cases!

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This is still a bakery, bismark famous or not, so expect awesome cakes (the banana cake looks particularly pretty) in addition to an assortment of cookies and other pastries. The hard part, as always, is in the deciding!

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

Just don’t forget to tell ’em that  little Indiana sent you!

Biff’s Pioneer House
14 E Main Street
Mooresville, Indiana 46158
317.834.3899

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."

4 Comments

  1. Joe Smith September 18, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I would like to get their bismark recipe. They bring memories from my childhood. Now they are closed, I fear I will never have another bismark

  2. Tara McNaught September 8, 2015 at 9:01 am

    My mother was from Mooresville and absolutely loved your Bismarks!!! She was able to eat some last August and she passed away this past April. Thank you so much for putting love in your products!!!!

  3. Jessica Nunemaker April 30, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Oh, that makes me so, so sad!

  4. Tosha Daugherty March 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Sadly, this Mooresville institution is now closed. We’ll let you know if we hear otherwise, but as far as we know at this point, there are no plans to reopen Biff’s Pioneer House. 🙁

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