Finding good places to eat is an important step in any vacation or business trip planning. Variety is always good, and pricing is a common factor in deciding upon where to go. However, most of the time this step simply involves looking up the restaurants in the area with the best ratings. To save you some time, here are three such places that deserve a place on your list.
The A2Z Café in Carmel is great for a homemade family meal. Friendly and family owned, the cafe offers breakfast and lunch every day with dinner options on Thursday and Friday, all at a pocket-friendly price. The atmosphere is warm and family oriented. They do their best to use only locally sourced products, which means that the food ingredients are fresh. The dinner menu is different from the morning menu, making it worthwhile to visit again in the evening; the desserts change daily. They also have a small selection of beers and other drinks for your enjoyment.
A favorite of locals and visitors alike for breakfast is the cinnamon swirl French toast with your choice of a breakfast meat which includes bacon, sausage, polish sausage, turkey sausage, chorizo, ham or even Spam. The Aloha Benedict, which is only available Saturday and Sunday, includes an English muffin with Portuguese sausage, pineapple, poached eggs, and homemade hollandaise sauce. The night menu favorite is the A2Z crab cakes with house-made remoulade sauce.
Mudbugs Cajun Café
If you’re from the south, or just love southern cooking, then you have to visit Mudbugs Cajun Café. Also located in Carmel, the restaurant serves signature southern dishes like chicken and sausage gumbo and red beans and rice, and it will help satisfy your craving without emptying your pocketbook. You can take your family or go by yourself; the owners will treat everyone like family. The best reason to visit is the dessert beignets, which are fried doughnuts served covered in powdered sugar. The Residence Inn by Marriott is close to this restaurant and the previous one too, so you could stay there and visit both.
10 West Restaurant and Bar
The 10 West Restaurant and Bar in Cicero is perfect for a family dinner or a romantic night with that special someone. The lighting is guaranteed to set the mood for romance with the couch and armchair seating in the cellar. There is a large variety on their menu like the Burger Manhattan, which is a Black Angus patty with whipped potatoes, mushroom sauce, and onion straws served on a garlic bread bun. They also offer steaks cooked to order and pasta bowls. Finish off the meal with a 10 West Cheesecake topped with a house-made cherry sauce.
All these restaurants are delicious and family- and cost-friendly. Take the time to try them all, maybe even a few times. Remember, the options don’t end there. The Hamilton County area has much to offer. Don’t be afraid to explore and visit more of the different restaurants in the area.
This article is published in collaboration with Hotel Planner. All words supplied; photos via Flickr and Pixabay.