Paoli Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Paoli

April 14, 2018 Weston Hennigan

Paoli /peɪˈoʊli/ is a town in Paoli Township, Orange County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 3,677 at the 2010 census. The town is the county seat of Orange County.
Things to do in Paoli

1. German Cafe

452 S Maple St, 452 South Maple Street, French Lick, IN 47432-1083 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 33 +1 812-936-1111
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 377 reviews

German Cafe

Our Restaurant is a family style, casual dining. Our prices range according to what you eat and drink, starting at approx. 8 dollars. We are located in the heart of French Lick, IN.

Reviewed By andi88 - seven valleys, pa

Great authentic German food and beer. Small restaurant. Some of the decor is a bit strange (dolls. etc.) but the service is great and friendly. One of the better meals we had on the trip.

2. Porky's BBQ

711 W Main St, Paoli, IN 47454-1038 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 812-723-2271
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Porky's BBQ

Reviewed By tagnrocky - Central Indiana

We were staying at the French Lick Resort and had passed this restaurant on the way. Had to come back for a good barbecue meal - its only about 8 miles from French Lick. I tried the sampler platter with 1/4 rack of ribs, sliced brisket and pulled pork. The pulled pork was the best of the three, tasty, smokey & tender. The brisket had a good taste, but was kinda dry. The ribs were good, but not as good as I've gotten elsewhere, a little chewy. The meat is served without BBQ sauce. You add the sauce at the table with your choice of 4 sauces. That's possibly why both the ribs & brisket were dry. Still a good filling meal. The sides were good, between us, we tried the potato salad, green beans, fried jalapeños & onion rings. All were great. Green beans were country style with some pulled pork in them -yummy! Jalapeños were slices of heaven. And be sure to try the locally made Dad's soft drinks - they are GOOD!

3. French Lick Winery & Vintage Cafe

8145 W Sinclair St, West Baden Springs, IN 47469-8200 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Cafe, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 812-936-2293
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 218 reviews

French Lick Winery & Vintage Cafe

Reviewed By Alyssa J

My family frequents this winery/café, and we always try different dishes. We have never been disappointed with a single order! All of their pastas are delicious, and the pizza is very good.

Our group is usually made up of varying wine interests, and everyone always finds something that they like!

It is kiddo-friendly, as well, unlike a lot of other wineries!

I highly recommend this place. My only reason for four stars rather than five is that the service can be rather spotty, whether they are busy or not.

4. The Superburger

600 W Main St, Paoli, IN 47454-1075 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 13 +1 812-723-4445
Excellent
68%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

The Superburger

The beef we serve is raised on the David and Daniel Robinson farm in Orleans, Indiana. Our cattle spend their days grazing on over 200 acres of grasslands and are fed a mixed-alfalfa hay diet throughout the winter months. Processed locally in Celestine, IN at the USDA approved Sander Processing, we are proud to provide a quality product.Thank you again, for your patronage, from our family to yours.Sincerely,David and Mary Jo Robinson

Reviewed By Mark L - Kenosha, Wisconsin

Saw trip advisor reviews so tried this restaurant while staying in French Lick.Very casual neighborhood restaurant.lots of local sports memorabilia decorating the walls.You oredr at window .Fresh homemade burgers were very tasty and priced similar to fast food places-but much better.Good variety on menu.Also low priced ice cream.We were full from our burgers but each had a small single scoop cone priced @ $1.50.

5. Sinclair's Restaurant

8538 W Baden Ave, French Lick, IN 47432-9389 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 46 - SGD 79 +1 888-936-5579
Excellent
57%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 366 reviews

Sinclair's Restaurant

Timeless in its beauty and stylishness, Sinclair's offers an impressive dinner menu and wine list. This restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or a celebratory dinner for many. Named after Lee W. Sinclair, one of the original owners of West Baden Springs Hotel. Sinclair brought sophistication to Southern Indiana and transformed the hotel into a slice of European elegance in America. Located just off of the West Baden Springs Hotel Atrium.

Reviewed By Jenna D - Bloomington, Indiana

While staying with my significant other for a weekend getaway at West Baden Springs, he made reservations much to my surprise at this lovely restaurant.
Marcia (I apologize if I misspelled her name) served us with a smile and was so sweet and helpful.
We started with the lobster bisque, which was nice and creamy but not too heavy. I love all things seafood, so I myself really enjoyed this bisque. My boyfriend liked it too.
I had Maple Leaf Farms Duck, which had sweet potatoes and other pairings with it that were just right. I've had duck many times, but I have to say this was the best duck I've ever eaten. It was cooked perfectly. I was pleasantly surprised by the pomegranate molasses introduced with the pilaf and sweet potatoes; it truly complimented the entire dish.
My boyfriend had filet mignon, with mashed potatoes. This was a very large side of mashed potatoes; could easily be shared. He loved the bearnaise sauce with the filet. He stated the filet melted in his mouth, as it should.
We had a very nice Moscato wine with dinner. I'm no connoisseur of wines, but I love a good Moscato, and this was excellent.
This restaurant was beautiful, and quiet. Perfect for a romantic date.

6. El Compadre

162 S Court St, Paoli, IN 47454-1367 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 812-723-0340
Excellent
53%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

El Compadre

Reviewed By mlsw2017 - Paoli, Indiana

Good food. A good value. They do carryout as well. Mariachi bands on occasion. They support the local community, sponsoring athletic teams and the drama club and many more.

7. 1875 Steakhouse

8670 W State Road 56, French Lick, IN 47432-9389 (Formerly 1875 The Steakhouse) Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 66 - SGD 197 +1 888-936-9360
Excellent
58%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 337 reviews

1875 Steakhouse

Named to commemorate May 17, 1875, the date of the first Kentucky Derby, French Lick Springs Hotel's signature restaurant is located adjacent to the main lobby. Bask in an elegant atmosphere with an open kitchen, overlooking our scenic gardens and iconic Pluto Spring gazebo. Serving 100% premium aged Midwest, corn-fed Angus beef, 1875: The Steakhouse offers choice cuts that are aged to be tender and full of flavor.

Reviewed By showstang - Cincinnati, Ohio

Wife and I ate here over a long weekend, and we have dined here on several occasions prior. I can say this place is a very good fine dining establishment. However, tonight was just a little off. Steaks were not the best cut of meat that we are used to here. Service was a little off due to an apparent language barrier. I know it's generally very good, so I will still give it a recommended rating. But next time, I will expect better. The highlight of the evening was a very friendly keyboard player who entertains while dining. He provided a delightful atmosphere with just the right amount of volume, and asked my wife for several selections that he played for her. And at the end of dinner, a patron who could really sing joined in to the entertainment of all in the room. I will still highly recommend this place for a great dinner.

8. Lost River Market and Deli

26 Library St, Paoli, IN 47454-1356 Takeout, Seating Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 812-723-3735
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Lost River Market and Deli

Reviewed By Karen C - Paoli, IN

The prices of some items are a little higher than other places in town, but the unusual and nutritious foods, and the great deli sandwiches and soups are worth it. Many extra fun times and activities available. Panini sandwiches on Friday are fantastic. Many kinds of salads.

9. China Wok

346 N Court St, Paoli, IN 47454-1327 Takeout, Seating Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 812-723-1888
Excellent
54%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

China Wok

Reviewed By Tony B

Good service and value. It wasn't the best Chinese I have had but everything was perfectly cooked. The egg rolls were excellent and anything involving a fried wonton was great. That said, the filling in the crab rangoon was very bland and the sweet and sour sauce tasted like cherry Kool-aid.

10. Chicago's Pizza

8498 W State Road 56, French Lick, IN 47432-9619 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 812-936-2962
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 229 reviews

Chicago's Pizza

Great local pizza eatery. Nice salad bar; menu with hot sandwiches, as well as usual pizza parlor items. always has a crowd

Reviewed By noworries2000 - Federal Way, Washington

After you are done dropping some coin at the French Lick casino, this is a nice place to lick your wounds. Good pizza, cold beer, good salads, great service. Place gets crowded at dinner time, so plan accordingly. Very reasonable prices - plenty of pizza options.

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