Wabash College

301 W. Wabash Ave
Crawfordsville, 47933
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Well, well, well! First to review my Alma Mater, eh? Well when I heard it referred to as the Harvard of the Midwest by a couple of guidance counselors, I thought that they were either joking, being exceedingly praiseful, or spitting the campus generated propaganda that so many colleges seem to be in the business of doing professionally. You can only be as good as perception of the people hiring the grads, right? Well, do the research because Wabash Men overachieve and reach higher than their similar Midwestern school counterparts. Just percentages of graduates that go on to do such amazing accomplishments blows my mind. But this college fosters a kind of thinking and learning that is well beyond the years of an 18-22 year old average college student. One positive, that is also a negative, is that Men are not afraid to be Men on this campus. Since female presence is limited and your learning is centered with male counterparts, emotional, thought provoking, and real subjects, that are important to thinking critically are explored in a liberal arts environment that encourages inner exploration and sharing of discovery. The lack of females takes male ego out of the equation, which can be a huge stumbling block in true discourse and also eliminates cattiness and competition for female attention. However, the lack of females also adds to Wabash's not so proud chauvinism and some female bashing as feminism is rarely explored in many of Wabash's classes. However, this is a minor inconvenience to the real learning that goes on. Lack of female presence ensures also that a Wabash Man will treat a woman like a lady when she is in his presence... because he may not know how many opportunities will come his way that week. Also, since there is a lack of females on campus, dozens of women flock to the campus parties on weekends because of the rationale that I've heard from so many women: "Where better a place to find a single guy?" True Dat!!! Wabash is a NCAA Division III athletic school. Which means that Wabash College does not give athletic scholarships or aid to students who play intercollegiate sports. However, Wabash is very competitive and regularly beats Division II schools in various match-ups around the region. The school plays in the North Coast Athletic Conference which is one the top conferences in Division III athletics. Every year in November (the last regular season game of the year) Wabash plays DePauw University in the Monon Bell Game in which the two schools play for a bragging rights and a prize of a 300+ pound bell donated by the Monon Rail Co. After 119 meetings, the all time series is even with 9 ties and 55 wins a piece. Wabash has won four straight football conference titles, three outright. Admission is generally free for most contests except football games and any conference or NCAA tournament games. Wabash starting really building in the mid to late 90's updating and remodeling existing buildings, but it wasn't until the turn of the century that Wabash started throwing around some serious weight with their endowment money. Wabash invested millions into four brand new campus buildings and two large expansions. The biggest project was the brand new athletic center which would be impressive for a school 10 times the size of Wabash. The next building was the brand new biology/chemistry building, followed by the brand new Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies, and brand new Trippet Center for the Inquiry into Liberal Arts (where the old Malcolm X Institute stood.) They also gutted the Goodrich Building (where Math and Physics reside) and expanded and added an observatory. Also, the old Yandes Library was gutted and expanded into the new Detchon Center for Languages. These impressive new buildings and the things they allow our gifted faculty to accomplish in instruction and research make Wabash even more competitive amongst liberal arts institutions not just in the Midwest but around the country as indicated by their ranking in Forbes Magazine. I may be an alum, but I'm definitely not just a fan. People in the know when they find out I graduated from Wabash have they same reaction... They realize that you are capable of a lot! "Wabash, eh?" Nodding while they rub their chin. Just that name alone skips several interview questions and they pretty much get to the salary part. Also, I have had several people tell me (and even one DePauw grad who is somewhat famous on their campus as well) that they wished they had chosen Wabash because they realize now, all these years later, what an opportunity that they missed out on. Don't get me wrong, Wabash is not for everybody and they are super selective even at the application stage, but there are few opportunities in your lifetime to blaze your own trail and make the choice for something unique and challenging. I think that if you are a prospective student reading this: Visit the campus. You'll be hooked.

(765) 361-6000

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Brown Bag Sandwich Shop

131 N Washington
Crawfordsville, 47933
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Impressive! From the cute interior decor to the wide selection of delicious sandwiches to the great service, Brown Bag Sandwich shop is a very welcome addition to the Cville dining community. I am happy to report that it is a quality local business that gives you an excellent alternative to the chain restaurants and so-so local spots. Brown Bag serves up a variety of sandwiches, daily soups, sides, and drinks, and at very reasonable prices. I had the short rib sandwich with a side of applesauce today. The sandwich was delicious and hearty, with a savory grain mustard that complemented the tender short ribs perfectly. I plan on returning and trying out everything else on the menu. It's really wonderful to have a downtown restaurant that hits all the buttons: good interior decor, nicely printed menu, delicious food, and great service.
Ate here today with my family. My daughter loved her grilled cheese and apple sauce side. My wife found the chicken salad very flavorful. I had the pork loin sandwich (with provolone and red onion and a pineapple based condiment) -- it was delicious. The potato salad side was wonderfully seasoned but I found the potatoes a touch undercooked. The Craft drinks we had were root beer and Mexican cola (tasted like RC cola of old days but with pure cane sugar). Both were excellent options. Service was impeccable and the restaurant clean and classily decorated. I would eat here again in a heartbeat!
Went and got the chicken salad sandwich with side of pasta salad. It was full of good flavor and I would get it again. It's a little pricy for a sandwich shop. One person could spend ATLEAST $10. Down fall you can only buy bottled drinks. Even if you want ice water you have to buy a bottle water.

(765) 307-4040

Sandwiches

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Johnny Provolone’s Fine Italian Foods & Unique Pizza Creations P

116 S Washington St
Crawfordsville, 47933
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This is our second trip to JP's. Both times have been good. First visit, I had the stromboli, a huge meat and cheese packed calzone. Second visit (7-1-2015), I had the buffalo chicken pizza. Great flavor and delicious crust (I'm not a crust guy usually), although I'd like it to be spicier/hotter. Both times, my wife got the gluten-free pizza with sausage and onion. She loved it! Service, environment, and price keep this from being a 5-star review, but we will define keep coming back.
great local pizza place. the breads in these pizzas are superb!
Ok, I was just on my way to Cincinnati and searched for a good food in yelp and the search result turned out to be genuine. We ordered pan buffalo chicken and hand 5-meats pizzas and both were awesome. The crust was baked to the right point and pieces of chicken in top were grilled and tasty. It was probably one of the best pizzas I have ever had in the US. It is definitely worth more than a shot and is highly recommended.

(765) 361-6840

Italian, Pizza

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Culver’s

1855 S US 231
Crawfordsville, 47933
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My parents idea of "eating something different" is Culver's. *le sigh* Anyways, Culvers is A-OK for a slight step up from McDonalds. They have nearly a dozen snackpack meals for less than $4 - sandwich, small fries & small drink. I had the Deluxe snackpack (lettuce tomato onion on a cheeseburger) and it was solidly okay. The burger was hot and the toppings fresh, but the fries were disappointing. No flavor and not really even hot. Dousing them in ketchup helped a bit. The staff was friendly but nothing special. The restaurant is fairly new so looks neat & clean at first, but many of the tables weren't clean at 5:30 with very few customers inside.
This place has a HUGE menu. Do yourself a favor and go inside, the drive-thru menu only lists about half. The frozen custard is very tasty and they have a large selection of sundaes, and I think the burgers and fries are good as well.
Good food!

(765) 359-1960

Fast Food, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Old Town Pizzeria

127 W Market St
Crawfordsville, 47933
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My wife and I stopped in for an evening meal.We ordered the 3 topping 14" it was on special for $9.99 let me tell you the toppings we chose were from side to side and was very plentyfull . We also got an Italian sub.The owner kept asking if we wanted lettuce or tomato or pizza sauce.We finally chose banana peppers and black olives.If you don't eat here you have missed the best pizza in C'ville
They improved their menu and now have a full line of gourmet hot dogs. The pizza has fresh ingredients, and they take the time to do it better with extra seasoning around the edges. The restaraunt is small and confined for dine in but great for carryout and delivery. The only place in town that has ground beef as a topping option for their pizza. One of the cheaper options in town because it isn't big a facility and it's family owned and operated.
Don't judge your decision on older reviews, recently under new management so they have increased the menu with a lot more options. Bake potatoe pizza is delish, shrimp étouffée pizza is killer, Texas bbq is really good as well. Grilled chicken cobb salad is awesome!! Dare I say a better salad option at a pizza joint than Arnis?? Yup, it's true!!!

(765) 362-3676

Pizza, Chicken Wings, Sandwiches

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Big Dipper

902 Mill St
Crawfordsville, 47933
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Okay, I loved this place from the first time I went there. The food is good, the ice cream is great, and it's beautifully situated on the edge of Miligan Park. So, after a full year of hearing everyone rave about Dari-Licious -- and never seeming to find anyone who even knew of Big Dipper -- I did the only thing that a responsible Yelper would do: I rounded up a few pals (including Ross M. and Jacob P.) and embarked on a taste test. We did it totally scientifically. We came up with a list of fairly standard food items that could be found at both (burger, Coney, fries, milkshake). We sent a search party out to each place at the same time, so that the food would be equally hot. We met in a neutral location. And we sampled away! The result: We were unanimous that each item was better at Big Dipper than at Dari-Licious. Dari-Licious was apparently surviving on reputation and low standards, and maybe by the fact that it's on a busier road. But we all agreed that the winning item in each category was the one from Big Dipper. Take a minute to reflect on this. It's not like one of us thought one thing and another thought something else. It's not like DL won in even a single category. And it's not like it was even close. So if you want a burger, fries, a Coney or a milkshake, take a dip in the Big Dipper. Otherwise, you might as well just keep driving to Lindy Freeze. q. e. d.
The food and ice cream here is generally good, but my wife and I just got the smallest "2 dip" cones in my entire life. The sugar cones were stale. How hard is it to put togerther a respectable ice cream cone? Stay away from the hand dipped ice cream, I guess, is the point of this review. Would have rated higher if not for this poor experience. Disappointed.
We ride our bikes to Big Dipper. The service is fast and the food is good and cheap. It is exactly what you pay for, in a good way

(765) 361-1829

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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The Barefoot Burger

127 S Green St
Crawfordsville, 47933
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It was a great place to eat lunch! The burgers and fries were great! I didn't care for the peach margarita. My only complaint was that we were seated outside on the patio and right behind our table were stale ash trays...not a pleasant smell.
I've been giving Barefoot Burger the benefit of the doubt because it is new. I have gone a few times and the service and food are inconsistent, especially if you are in a larger group. The experience is best when it is just a couple. Last night I was especially frustrated with our dining experience when taking friends from out of town. They were out of two kinds of beers we ordered, the fish and chip (one of the specials), and turkey burgers. I ordered the black bean burger, and it was pretty good for a frozen patty....My friends couldn't believe that they were at a burger place that didn't ask how they wanted their burger cooked. I just think if "burger" is in the name, one shouldn't be sold out, another come frozen, and the other thin and over-cooked. I REALLY wanted Barefoot Burger to become a Crawfordsville staple, but it's not going to happen unless they kick up their food and service.
Burgers are good but could use a little more ummph. The Fiesta burger needs more jalapeño and the black and blue could use some blue cheese dressing mixed with the crumbles. The fries are good, home cut and taste better than commercial. The wait staff is friendly and made sure that we had everything needed.

(765) 307-7414

Burgers

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Arni’s

114 W. Wabash Ave.
Crawfordsville, 47933
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Normally, I might try to hide my initial enthusiasm or decide that a 5 is really a 4, merely in an effort to combat my own personal grade-inflation. But Crawfordsville could use a few more yelps and a little more enthusiasm and, besides, Arni's was downright good. So, why not show a little excitement for a little engine that truly could? On the recommendation of the driver who drove me to Crawfordsville, I had the "Gut Buster" sandwich. When I'd asked him what it was, he really couldn't describe it. And now that I've had one, I really can't either. Let's put it this way, if I were to try to make one of these at home, I'd take a delicious meat-ball, douse it in could-be-better-but-not embarrassing spaghetti sauce, and have it trampled under-foot. I'd then take the juicy, crumbled mess, chop an onion into it, cover it with mozzarella and toast the thing together between two halves of good, Italian bread. The result is a toasted sandwich, reminiscent of a meatball sandwich but with the texture of a Sloppy Joe. I haven't had anything else at Arni's, but the Gut Buster was a real treat!
I've been to Arni's a handful of times, and never had a bad experience. My most recent trip was with my children and my parents. The pizza was excellent as usual, and the staff were fabulous. They truly went above and beyond to make us comfortable and happy. Arni's pizza is similar in style to Pizza King, but the toppings are more plentiful than at the King. I've never tried any of their sandwiches, but my friends have always enjoyed them. The salads are amazing! I don't know what it is, but they're just really great. Always fresh ingredients, and the portions are very generous. If you're in the mood for a not-so-healthy salad, I highly recommend the Southern Fried Chicken salad. The tables, floors, and bathrooms are always clean and in order. The only problem with Arni's is that their parking lot is very small. It's not hard to find parking nearby on the street, though. Thumbs all the way up for Arni's!
If Arni's really is the best in town, I weep for you Crawfordsville. The crust would had been better if Chef-boy-ardee made it. The sauce tasted like it was straight from a can whith no seasoning what-so-ever. The sausage was dry and flavorless. Will definately not be returning.

(765) 362-2764

Pizza, Salad, Sandwiches

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Dari-Licious

1114 E Main St
Crawfordsville, 47933
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Start with the most unusual feature - a kids' playground/ park just for Dari-Lucious customers. A great idea! A drive-through or walk-up dairy bar with a menu that will put you in despair over making a choice, especially if you are out if town and do not know when you are coming back next. Shakes, malts, smooshies, slushies, sundaes, dipped cones... Sampled a strawberry chocolate dipped cone and chocolate shake - delicious, although pretty runny - best to eat while the kids play at the Turtle Park.
Good place for frozen treats. Actually, one of the few in Crawfordsville that have a variety of eats to choose from. They dont just sell ice cream but have a decent selection of American style cuisine to choose from if you are more hungry than you are looking for something sweet. The BBQ pork sandwiches are pretty good. As far as the ice cream goes, its all pretty mediocre. Nothing too special but they have decent prices. Pic-nic table seating outdoors with a little playground area for the kids. They do have a drive-thru if you dont want to mess around with getting out of your car.
Highly overrated and overpriced. Milkshakes are too thin and not enough ice cream, not to mention some of the staff are snobby and unfriendly.

(765) 362-1126

Sandwiches, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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Rancho Bravo Mexican Restaurant

1313 Darlington Ave
Crawfordsville, 47933
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So disappointed. We go here about every Sunday. Last couple months it's been super disappointing. They got my food wrong several times then today top it off for us. We waiting 1 hour for our food. They say it's just busy and they can't do anything about it. Well maybe they need hire more kitchen staff!! It was not even that busy first off and no where makes 4 people wait 1 hour on jut their food. We told the manager and she just laughed it off and said were busy. Won't be going back for a long time. When you wait an hour for food you want it hot and it wasn't hot!!!
I dined there on 3/15 for an early dinner. I was passing through and chose this place because I saw on their menu online that they have Ceviche. Ceviche is an authentic dish and not easy to find in the Midwest and especially at our Mexican restaurants. So when I saw that, I explored the rest of the menu, and yeah, I was sold. Their menu is very creative and authentic, unlike many places where the 20 combinations of 4 basic burritos dominate the menu. This place knows what they're doing and it definitely shows. We ordered some beers, and Ceviche for an appetizer. Here, it is served on 3 small corn or flour fried tortillas and with an avocado slice on top. I've never had it this way before and it was so good. The shrimp tartar and pico was very delectable and tasted very fresh and the lime and cilantro was perfectly balanced. I won't butcher the spellings of our entrees but they were both firsts for us, and we were so pleased! My entree was essentially a Hispanic twist on Cordon Bleu, and was so good! Her entree is pictured in my review. The plating was very nice, which is VERY RARE for meals in this price range imo. We finished with Sopapilla and it was an A+ dish as well. Good plating, very tasty, and cheap! If I lived within 30 min of this place I would done there weekly no doubt about it. Our server was a young man and he was excellent. Fast, took notes, read it back, never missed a beat. He had a large section and killed it. The timing of the food was great as well. He very cool, calm and collected, which is crazy to me because I used to serve tables and I certainly never had his demeanor. Food came out quick and hot as well, and everything was perfect. If you are nearby or passing through, this place is a must try, not optional!
Amazing food and even better service! I dine here almost weekly and they never disappoint.

(765) 361-8890

Mexican

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