There is nothing like finding a true gem of a restaurant in a new town, and I’m so glad that I have done it this soon after moving. My wife and I moved to a small city in Indiana just a few months ago because my employer relocated me. At first I was not very crazy about moving to Indiana from Colorado. The people, the culture, and food, and the overall atmosphere would be completely different and I was afraid that we would both be homesick pretty quickly. I guess in some cases this was true, but we found certain comforts that have made the move worth while.
In our home town in Colorado we loved knowing the local business owners and the community culture that we both grew up with. Once we moved to a new place I was afraid that we would no longer be involved with the people and places of the city and might feel isolated. This was the case for the first few weeks until one night we ventured into a local old world mediterranean restaurant on the far side of town. We had been slowly trying out some new spots since we both missed the restaurants from Colorado. They were particularly missed because we knew a lot of the patrons and all of the owners after living in the town since birth. We did not at all expect to be greeted in this new place in the same way, but we were and it made us feel so much better.
This particular restaurant was owned and operated by a chef that very much loved talking with his guests. He recognized that we were new and came up to us while making his rounds in the dining room and we became instant friends. On top of the fact that he was so welcoming, his food was amazing. He made a great blend of American and Mediterranean cuisines that left us completely stuffed and satisfied after each meal. The atmosphere of the restaurant also made us feel welcome, the seats were filled with smiling faces of families and teenagers on first dates. The music was subtle and soothing, the lighting just mild enough to make it romantic while still being able to see, and the staff was pleasant and genuine. We were so happy to have found a place that made us feel like we were back home in Colorado that we became frequent guests very quickly.
When you are able to find those special restaurants in cities and towns that you are unfamiliar with it makes all of the difference. We had only been in Indiana for a short time and we were slowly questioning our decision to move, but once we found that first place that made us feel welcome we knew we have to give the new place a chance. Now that we’re getting more comfortable with our surroundings and our community we are feeling more settled. And now that we already have a favorite restaurant it feels like home.