Located in the heart of Indiana, Anderson is a charming and historical town boasting a great little community of restaurants offering everything from tasty Mediterranean fare and award-winning ice cream to upscale steak and cute café eats. Check out our guide to the 10 very best places to eat in Anderson.
Something of a local landmark, Good’s Candy Shop is owned by a family whose history of candy and chocolate-making dates back as far as the 1940s. Today, run by fourth and fifth generation members of the family, Randy Good and his son Jason, Good’s Candy Shop is the perfect place to indulge a sweet tooth comprising of a shop, café and on-site chocolate-making facility that guests can take tours of. Try one of Good’s famous homemade ice creams available in flavors like cherry cheesecake, cookie dough and coconut almond fudge and be sure to pick up some of its legendary candies to take home, chocolate bourbon cherries, white chocolate toffee and peanut butter fudge are just a few popular examples.
Good’s Candy Shop, 1423 West 53rd Street, Anderson, IN, USA, +1 765 642 7247
Originally opened in the small neighboring town of Pendleton in 1997 by owners Gary and Beth Yeary, The Cabbage Rose Eatery & Gift Shop relocated to Anderson in 2012, bringing with it the small town charm of its former location. Famous for its homemade soups and irresistible sweet treats, The Cabbage Rose Eatery has a rustic-chic café space where dishes like its popular dill chicken sandwich and chicken velvet soup are eaten while its gift shop sells handmade items like clothing, ornaments and other knick-knacks. Fresh desserts made daily often include options like red velvet cupcakes, butterscotch pie and chocolate devils.
Serving local diners since it first opened its doors back in 1954 and often hailed as serving some of the best ice cream in all of Madison County, Frazier’s Dairy Maid is a charming 1950s-style ice cream shop bringing a touch of nostalgic dining to Anderson. Ice cream comes in flavors like its popular blue moon cone and the seasonal pumpkin option while sundaes include choices like caramel apple or honey crunch. A number of milkshakes and malts are also served alongside a range of savory eats such as sandwiches, hot dogs and BBQ pork wings.
Frazier’s Dairy Maid, 3311 Main Street, Anderson, IN, USA, +1 765 644 5406
Based at Hoosier Park, one of central Indiana’s premier horse racing tracks and casinos, Homestretch Steakhouse is a classic American steakhouse providing its guests with delicious, hand-trimmed and charbroiled steaks and exceptional views over Hoosier’s racetrack. In its spacious, airy terrace-style dining room, guests are invited to taste tempting steaks and chops like the 28 ounce dry-aged tomahawk long-bone rib eye or the porterhouse pork chop with merlot sauce and spiced apple, and a number of stunning seafood dishes like the miso-rubbed, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with shiitake mushrooms, scallions and ponzu are offered alongside handcrafted cocktails and individual wines.