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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
FRANK & MARY'S TAVERN
Admittedly this one is an "off the wall" selection to say the least. But it's a place that's been there forever and it serves up a lot more than just beer.
I grew up in Indianapolis and for as long as I can remember, this has been a pilgrimage for my family members at least twice a year. My father turned me onto the place and I turned my kids onto it. Hopefully they'll turn their kids onto it, too! It's worth "passing down."
You go to Frank & Mary's for one thing -- deep fried catfish! It's served family style. The traditional meal here consists of whole fried catfish. They're small but absolutely delicious.
I hate to admit it but I've been enjoying Frank & Mary's since the 1960s and it's still a wonderful place to feast on fresh catfish from the fish farming ponds in Mississippi.
If you happen to be a fan of NASCAR racing this place might come with an added attraction. Pittsboro is the home of Jeff Gordon and he has been known to frequent Frank & Mary's, or so I'm told.
Folks who live within one-hundred-miles often undertake the short drive to Pittsboro to enjoy a platter of catfish and a pitcher of beer for the table.
There's something comforting about eating in a place that has been around for such a long time. And this particular restaurant has been in its current setting since the 1960s having gotten its start in the 40s.
Ask any Hoosier about good, fresh catfish and one of two places will come up. Frank & Mary's in Pittsboro and Miller's in Colfax. Sadly I suspect Miller's is probably no longer there near the Lafayette area.
If you live in the Midwest, love catfish, and don't mind a pleasant drive, give Frank & Mary's a shot.
Frank & Mary's is located west-northwest of Indianapolis on U.S. 136. Call them for directions at (317) 892-3485. And I just checked the internet and believe it or not they've even got a web site now here.