2479 N, Lebanon Street
Lebanon, IN 46052
If you have been north on I-65 lately, you’ve probably have seen an advertisement for Parky’s in Lebanon as it was voted as 25 Meals Worth The Drive by Indianapolis Monthly. I actually tried it twice before reviewing it.
The place was comfortable on the inside and felt like it could’ve been a Denny’s or something that got a bit of a makeover at one point. It had a nice bar area with a few televisions and a family dining area if you have the kiddos with you.
What I Ate: Oink and Onion, $10.69, and a Two Meat Combo Plate, $10.99. Meals are served with bread and two regular sides. There are some premium sides that are $0.99 more.
The Oink and Onion is tender pork butt smoked for twelve hours and topped with fried onions. I actually liked this dish a good amount as a few pieces were burnt on the end and it gave you that rich caramelized flavor. The Mac and Cheese (premium side) didn’t disappoint, but I was not asking the waitress for the recipe either. The baked beans were quite good and had a combination of different beans.
The sampler didn’t disappoint either. The ribs were very tender, but could’ve used a little extra seasoning (especially salt). The pulled pork was pretty run of the mill. The butter rounds stole the show on this plate. Crispy, buttery potatoes that reminded me of the type that would soak up a little beef fat when being cooked below a prime rib. I quickly ate the entire dish. The sweet potato casserole was just okay. It was a little too sweet for me and I feel like if I had a blow torch, I could’ve made a Crème Brule out of it.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes and no. I really liked the crispy rounds and that it was a local place that seemed to care. They have a local beer list and a huge menu that would have something for everyone. However, the core of the business, the barbecue, was just okay. Do I think that it is worth the drive from downtown Indy? Ehh…no.
I will admit that while they only have a two star rating on Yelp, they are a lot better than two stars.