Our team members spend long hours on the audit trail when we visit clients in places like Kentucky, Indiana, Nebraska, and Virginia. Part of building our relationships centers around food — there’s nothing like sharing a meal with people to draw everyone together.

So from the dozens of takeout, dine-in, and fast casual eateries our team has visited over the years, a few emerge as standards of excellence when we travel. In this bonus blog post, we’ll share our accountants’ perspectives on who makes the perfect audit process repast.

Our Favorite Foods and Where to Find Them

The Sportsman Inn

When our team needs to grab a bite during the day up in Monticello, Indiana, perhaps treating our clients to something a little out of the ordinary, we head to The Sportsman. This lakeside restaurant has been open since 1928 and has a reputation for outstanding service. Their menu is casual but the atmosphere is compelling, with water views and a cozy fireplace near the bar.

Market Street Grill

Another taste of Indiana history can be found in downtown Wabash. In a building that was once a manufacturing company, this local staple now serves standard American fare. While you can’t go wrong with pretty much anything on the menu, David’s personal favorite is an order of ribs.

Pro Tip: This restaurant is not open on Mondays.

Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar

Just across the street from the YUM! Center in Louisville is this stop on the barbeque trail. Decorated with vignettes of historic Louisville signage, this smokehouse has a distinctly local vibe. Our team’s favorite dishes include pulled pork, clams, and their extensive bourbon selection.

Pro tip: Reservations are a must for this local hotspot.

Mussel & Burger Bar

If you’re willing to pay a little more than you would at an average diner, head over to this specialty restaurant in downtown Louisville. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the 1940s with their swanky, upscale dining lounge. This place boasts leather seats and large, old fashion bar. It’s a burger place, so splurge on a specialty burger and one of their many iterations of fries.

Harry and Izzy’s

In our home city, there’s only one place to celebrate the end of a successful audit. Harry and Izzy’s is a well-known upscale restaurant that connects to Circle Centre in the heart of downtown Indy. What casual observers may not know is that their downtown location is a renovated historic department store. That’s why their dining rooms are on different levels and the main entrance expands into a big-box-style .

Pro tip: Save room for dessert — the bread pudding is awesome.

Harvey Hinklemeyers

Famous for their pizza, Harvey Hinklemeyers also has an unusual sale item at the register that Kristie uses all around her home. They sell the buckets that their bulk orders of fresh mushrooms come in for $.25 apiece. It’s a quirky, local stop that shows off the best of rural Indiana: friendly servers, fried food, and — apparently — cheap buckets.

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