It may be small, but Lemon Drop is recongnised as the best place to eat in the whole of Anderson. It has a real classic Americana feel to it and has been serving up food to Anderson locals for over 60 years now. Mike Lemon set up shop here in 1954 before Lemon Drop was bought by Bill Pitts, who still runs things. It’s a tough place to miss, with its old-style neon sign and bright yellow exterior. The menu is full of classics too, with plenty of milkshakes available, and dishes like toasted cheeseburgers, onion burgers and pork tenderloins.
Lemon Drop, 1701 Mounds Road, Anderson, IN +1 765 644 9055
Grace Place is a friendly, relaxed stop-off for coffee and cake on Broadway Street in north Anderson. It’s open from early morning through to early afternoon, making it the perfect place to go for breakfast, brunch or a spot of lunch. You can expect great coffee, freshly made pastries and light bites like homemade soups and Caesar salads, or entrée platters of chicken salad on a croissant with chopped walnuts and cranberries, ham with Swiss cheese and tomato on fresh wheat bread, and smoked turkey with Havarti cheese on potato bread. Open Wednesday to Saturday only.
Grace Place, 2100 Broadway Street, Anderson, IN +1 765 643 6688
The Good family have been Indiana confectioners since the 1940s, and their Anderson store is now run by the fifth generation of the family. Originally, they had their shop in Kennard before moving to Anderson, where it’s the go-to place for delicate, mouth-watering treats. You can pick up homemade ice cream in curious flavors like malted milk ball and coconut almond fudge, and sample the Good’s own brand coffee roast. Then there are the boxes of treats to ogle and sample: chocolates, toffees, fudge and brittle, and pralines. Inside the milk, dark or white chocolates you will find centers of caramel, orange, vanilla, cinnamon, crème de menthe, or maple cream.
Good’s Candy Shop, 1423 W 53rd Street, Anderson, IN +1 765 642 7247
One of the best barbecue restaurants in Anderson, the Pittt BBQ and Grill sits on Martin Luther King Boulevard and is open from Thursdays through to Sundays, making it perfect for a weekend meal. The menu is a classic Alabama style BBQ with slabs of ribs, rib tips, half or quarter chickens, pulled pork, and Angus beef brisket available. There are, of course, sides of baked beans, mac n’cheese, slaw, French fries and onion rings to keep everyone happy.
Pittt BBQ and Grill, 425 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Anderson +1 765 643 1309