Originally Printed in the Indianapolis Star, reprinted with permission.
“The Andy Griffith Show” was the 1960 television series that introduced America to Sheriff Andy Taylor, Opie and Deputy Barney Fife. The series ran for eight seasons, but the funny – and often poignant – events in the fictional North Carolina town have continued to be a cornerstone of middle Americana.
Since 1989, Danville, Indiana has been home to the Mayberry Cafe.
The cafe is a tribute to the classic show and to the heart warming food and people portrayed in Mayberry.
“We went with the Mayberry theme because it was my husband’s all time favorite show. He always wanted to live in a place like Mayberry. And we’ve found the people in Danville are about as decent and loyal as you’d find in Mayberry”, said Christine Born who helps run the cafe with husband Brad. It is a family run operation with careful attention to details, just like Aunt Bee would expect.
Their commitment to quality and community has led to an establishment that draws folks to Danville from far and wide. It is not only the theme though, that brings people in – the food is excellent and the staff of hand-picked employees that truly care – shows.
With a menu big enough to suit all the tastes in Mayberry, even the pickiest of eaters will find plenty to choose from. There are Appetizers, such as the delicious hot “Apple Nuggets”, sprinkled with cinnamon, sugar and hot caramel for dipping!
Soups are prepared fresh daily and The “All You Can Eat Salad Bar” is full of fresh and healthy salads. If you are in a sandwich mood, there is a stack of sandwiches, like Andy’s Tenderloin that they hand bread and folks follow on the tenderloing trail! Brad is in every morning making his meatloafs, potatoes, slaws and salads from scratch.
Pastas are a big hit, too with Brad’s homemade alfredo sauce. On Friday & Saturday – nights Brad cooks up his terrific Prime Rib. Other favorites include Barney’s Beef Brisket or their signature Fried Chicken & Homemade Meatloaf!
Mayberry also offers a fun “Opies Club” kids menu, making it a great place to bring the whole family.
Relax and take a few minutes browsing while you are there. On both floors of the cafe the walls are lined with cast photos and memorabilia collected over the years. Several of the cast have actually been to the cafe, including Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle), Jean Carson (Daphne), Rodney Dillard band (The Darling boys) and Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling).
And before you leave, you might want to grab your camera and take your picture in front of their vintage Squad car, a restored 1962 Ford Galaxy, complete with lights & sirens.
You are sure to find good food, personal service, a fun atmosphere and a taste of life Mayberry style – right here in Danville at Indiana’s own Mayberry Cafe.