When we roadtrip, we’re always on the lookout for fun stops – whether it be to stretch our legs or to fill our bellies with food. On our latest road trip from Chicago to Southern Indiana, we found the perfect stop just in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area — Trish’s Red Bird Cafe. Just off I-65, the newly opened cafe did not only satisfy our need for delicious eats, but the passion and committment to the community are seen both inside and outside. Trish’s Red Bird Cafe is one stop you don’t want to miss!
Disclosure: Our family was a provided complimentary meal in exchange for a review. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.
Our experience at Trish’s Red Bird Cafe:
- A nod to the past. How did they get the name Trish’s Red Bird Cafe? I initially thought the owner Trish loved red birds, but their moniker has ties to the town’s history. According to Trish: “The name actually came from a part of the history of Lafayette and Dayton. In the early 1900s there was a horse drawn sleigh named “Red Bird Sleigh” that used to bring people from Lafayette (which at that time was just what is now downtown Lafayette) out to visit family and friend in Dayton which at that time in history Dayton had a grain mill, a couple restaurants and hotels among several other businesses including a dress shop. We chose the name as a way to have a place that everyone could feel welcome to come together.”
- Passion seen everywhere. Take a look around the restaurant and you’ll find relics from Dayton’s history. Old letter jackets? Check. Mailboxes from the old post office? Check. The cool thing? Most of the items were donated by the community, so it truly is a community effort and a wonderful gathering place.
- Delicious food. The food served at Trish’s Red Bird Cafe is all about comfort food. Our favorites were the pulled pork nachos, beignets, the cinnamon roll, the cinnamon roll pancakes, and steak and eggs. So, so good!
- All about kids. Trish is no stranger to being a grandmother, and is well-versed in knowing what keeps kids happy. As she said, “When the kids are happy, then the parents are happy.” I couldn’t agree more! In fact, when putting together the restaurant one of the first things that Trish did was work on the kids activity sheet.
Another way they keep the kiddos entertained? Toys! And boy were they happy to play! (Parents will be happy to hear that they sanitize the toys after use.) They also bring out a blank sheet of paper to draw and then it’s proudly displayed on their wall of fame for a year.
- Awesome murals. Before or after your visit, you must step outside and take a look around the building to find Dayton’s first mural. It pays homage to the history of the building as Dayton’s first gas station as well as a fire station, and body shop.
Address: 696 Walnut St., Dayton, Indiana