Trip Idea

Dining Detours in Hendricks County

Combine great local dining with an arts and culture experience.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Delicious Trips, Art & Culture

Region: Central

Destinations Included: Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery, Historic Courthouse Square, Gallery on the Square, Black Swan Brew Pub, Chateau Thomas Winery, Perillo’s Pizzeria, McCloud Nature Park

Duration: 1-2 days

Related Trip Ideas: South Central: Small Town Flavors; In West Indiana, Fresh is Best; Have a Slice of Hendricks County

About this trip idea

Whether it’s locally crafted beers, fresh baked breads and sweets or hand-tossed pizza pies you seek, the Hendricks County Dining Detours has something for every taste and more.

A visit to the Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery   in Danville is like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting. Open for breakfast and lunch, their made-from-scratch breads and desserts, signature dishes, soups, salads and sandwiches have quickly become local favorites. While you’re in Danville, make sure to head a couple blocks west to the Historic Courthouse Square   where you will find Gallery on the Square  , an original Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail location. Hendricks County’s first cooperative art gallery, Gallery on the Square features a diverse selection of fine art and quality craft items for sale.

If you’re more into the pub scene, Black Swan Brewpub   in Plainfield combines locally crafted brews with outstanding food. But it isn’t your typical brew pub. Black Swan showcases rotating art exhibits on its walls, seating with views of the entire brewing process and utilizes artisan meats to make signature dishes to pair with its 16 beers on tap including specialties such as Cream Stout and Belgian Wit. Make sure though to save some room and time for nearby Chateau Thomas Winery  , which makes award-winning wines, offers daily tastings, showcases more than 4,000 unique gift items and offers private tours with a reservation.

Looking for something a little more off the beaten path? We would recommend stopping at Perillo’s Pizzeria   in North Salem for a true Italian experience. Inside, views of the kitchen allow you to watch the pizza makers toss the dough or if the weather is nice, you could opt for their amazing outdoor patio! You may even forget you’re in Indiana as contemporary Italian music plays and you enjoy generous slices of New York-style pizza, wine and imported beers and finish it off with authentic limoncello and cannoli desserts. From there, head to nearby McCloud Nature Park   where you can continue to escape city life with a true nature adventure. With over 232 acres, this nature park offers hiking, year-round nature center programs, bird viewing room, art gallery and a historic iron bridge.

For more information on all Hendricks County dining options, see insider stories on our All Access Hendricks County Blog or visit

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Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery

Historic Courthouse Square

Gallery on the Square


Black Swan Brew Pub


Chateau Thomas Winery


Perillo’s Pizzeria


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