I’d heard good things about Earl’s Dining and Catering in Brook, Indiana.
The 1 lb. pork chops, the Prime Rib, and the homemade desserts are just a few of the reasons this Newton County restaurant really stands out!
Earl’s Dining and Catering in Brook, Indiana
Brook, Indiana is quaint or, to put it bluntly, very small. It has an old downtown that doesn’t extend too much past a block. Whereas some people would zip through without even bothering to look around, my husband, Jeremy, and I knew just what we were looking for. It was also the first time we had been out alone together after dark in two years.
The humble exterior of Earl’s Dining and Catering certainly belies the warm, cozy, and inviting interior!
Would you believe that in this small Indiana town we actually had to wait for seating? That reservations, especially on Friday nights, is just about mandatory if you want to get in? Earl’s Dining and Catering, even with its spacious interior and two sides of dining (family and bar) manages to keep that busy in a town of less than 1000 people.
But word has spread about the excellent food found inside this small town restaurant!
Brook, Indiana Restaurant
Once inside, we ordered the combination appetizer: mozzarella cheese sticks, breaded mushrooms, onion rings, jalapeno poppers, and fried pickle spears. I claimed “dibs” on the fried pickles and jalapeno poppers. My husband took the breaded mushrooms and onion rings and we grudgingly shared the mozzarella cheese sticks. So far? So good!
For our entrees, my husband ordered Almost Norman’s 1 Lb. Pork Chop, a masterpiece of garlic and black peppercorns, along with the Saturday-night only hash-brown casserole, potato soup, and roll. I ordered the Queen Cut of Prime Rib, with the same sides as my husband (as you know, I hate when we do that, but neither one of us wanted to switch).
We received each one of our items rather quickly considering that Earl’s Dining and Catering was hopping! My husband, Jeremy, was amazed by the big slab of pork chop awesomeness. Really, this monster was at least an inch tall. Most likely more than that!
My steak was delicious. It was buttery, tender, and just an all-around superb cut of beef. The soup was good too, but we pretty much abandoned it once the main course arrived!
Instead of deciding between a Strawberry Twirl, a cream cheese filled flour tortilla fried to golden deliciousness, and topped with strawberries and whipped cream or a Caramel Brownie Cheesecake for dessert, my husband decided on both. Moments like that remind me why I married him–a man after my own heart.
For all of you Gluten-Free Hoosiers? They also have choices just for you! That’s an unexpected, but welcomed addition, that serves to make Earl’s Dining and Catering in Brook, Indiana a well-rounded dining option.
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