We really love to find unique places to eat good food. In fact, for over a year, we joined with two other families and participated in a “First on the First” club. Each month, an individual in our club would pick a new-to-us restaurant around Indy for everyone to try together. It was lots of fun! I hope we can get that club back on track soon. Because, you know, the fewer dishes to wash, the better.
The restaurant we want to share with you today is not actually in Indy, but is one that we stumbled upon on a recent trip to Muncie, Indiana. Muncie is about an hour northeast of Indy and home to Ball State University. The restaurant, Cammack Station, is a deliciously fun restaurant that takes you on a trip back to the 1950s. Let us tell you why we love it and why you will too!
The food and ice cream is delicious.
This definitely should be the #1 reason to try any restaurant, right?! The menu is very reasonably priced and features burgers and hotdogs. The breaded tenderloin sandwich, fried bologna sandwich, and fried pickle spears are all absolutely delicious (trust me!). Other menu items include salads, soups, and several sandwich options. The kid’s meal options are grilled cheese, chicken fingers, corn dogs, and hamburger. Kid’s meals are only $4.99 and come with fries or tater tots, grapes, and a drink. Everything is fresh and made to order. But don’t go too crazy eating appetizers, sandwiches, and sides because you MUST save room for hand-dipped ice cream or a famous milkshake.
The historic memorabilia and tchotchkes really take you back to a simpler time.
The historic building that now houses Cammack Station was built in 1931 and has housed several businesses through the years. The restaurant is filled inside and out with old gas station and automobile signs, Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola memorabilia, a jukebox, and antique gas pumps. The Andy Griffith Show plays on a black and white TV in the dining room. Antique tractors surround the parking lot and patio area. In fact, Barney Fife is posted outside in his police car!
It is fun to just sit and take it all in and to walk around and check out all of the vehicles and tractors while eating your ice cream. The Adventure Kids were completely entertained by their surroundings, and so were we.
This place is clean, friendly, and fun.
Everything in and outside of the restaurant is squeaky clean, including the unisex bathrooms, changing table, and highchairs. This is a counter service restaurant, but we found the employees to be friendly and eager to please. The restaurant often holds car shows and tractor shows, and they add special menu items from time to time, so be sure to check their website or Facebook page to follow along with events you might want to attend. You can also sign up to receive emails from Cammack Station about news at the restaurant.
Have you been to Cammack Station? Or do you have a restaurant in your area that “takes you on a trip” back in time or to another place entirely? Tell us about it in the comments. We’d love to hear about your adventures!