Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Palmer House of Berne, Indiana

The Palmer House has been an anchor of downtown Berne since I was a kid.  I actually worked there when I was in High School, it was my first job in the restaurant industry.  I haven't been inside for years until this last trip in 2009.  We stopped in one morning for breakfast.  The coffee is not the best and a little thin, but I still had three cups.

Breakfast was good all the way around. Eggs cooked perfectly, bacon delicious and the hash browns are good.  My sister-in-law had a half of a Western Omelete, which is just a smaller version of the whole order.  The half size still fills a plate.  She loved it.  It is served filled full of ingredients, no skimping here.  My Godson ordered pancakes which he devoured completely.  He will usually leave some behind but he said they were some of the best he's had!

Mom smiling for the camera in the diner section of the Palmer House
On a subsequent visit Mom and I stopped in for lunch.  The front of the restaurant is a diner while the back dining room is where the Friday night smorgasbord has always been offered.  If you watched the video above you've learned that a smorgasbord is better known as a buffet, LOL.  But they hold the tradition down, like many in Berne do in a varitey of ways, as smorgasbord.

Well, back to lunch with Mom.  I was jonesing for a fried pork tenderloin sandwich and I knew I could find one on the Palmer House menu.  Its a popular mid-West item but ask for it in the South and you'll get nothing but a blank stare.  Take a slice of pork tenderloin and pound it out, bread it, deep fry it and serve it on a bun half its size and you have the makings of a fine upstanding mid-West sandwich.  Its perfect with ketchup and pickles.

Front Diner of the Palmer House with waitress in Swiss uniform in the background
The waitress still wears the same Swiss looking uniform that they've used for the past several decades (not an exageration).  Since Berne is known as a Swiss community with many of the buildings boasting a Swiss facade as well as Swiss music playing over the load speakers downtown, the uniform fits in perfectly.

Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
The Palmer House continues to be that solid choice in downtown Berne. It you haven't tried it yet, take the time to do so. If you havnen't gone back recently - again, go back soon.

Contact Information

(260) 589.2306
118 West Main Street
Berne, Indiana 46711

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  1. Their potato salad is truly the best I've ever had anywhere. I asked for the recipe once and they started out with how they made the mayonnaise. Well, I stopped her there and just said I'd buy it by the pound!

  2. haha, sometimes you just have to trust someone else to do it for you so you can get to the eatin' part!