The Red Wagon Restaurant, in Poseyville, Indiana, is easy to get to, situated a short stone’s throw from I-64, nearly marking the halfway point between the cities of Louisville, Kentucky, to the east, and St. Louis, Missouri, to the west. If you happen to be travelling along I-64, from either direction, and are wanting to stop for a leg-stretch, and some good food in an intriguing atmosphere, I definitely recommend this place.
The first thing to snag your attention will be their unique decor inspired by local lifestyle and tradition. As soon as you get past the foyer, and into the main building, you’ll see a vintage flat-bed pickup truck, parked in the middle of the lobby. Walk over and check it out. You’ll see it’s even more impressive up close, and they won’t mind you taking pictures of it.
To your right is a check-out area and gift shop. To the left, the curved entrance to the Red Wagon Sports’ Bar, and additional guest seating, as well as a very large, and high-end, art gallery. Past the gift shop is main guest seating, that includes lantern-lit windows and a beautiful open-sided fireplace, topped with a high-gloss copper vent. In the next dining area, the copper venting gives way to a beautiful stone fireplace and thick wooden mantle. This area is called the Game Room. A third dining area is called the Blacksmith Room. The Blacksmith Room and another guest area, the Banquet Room, are available for private dining, upon reservation. The Blacksmith Room can seat up to 60, and the Banquet Room can seat up to 120.
I’ve eaten twice at this restaurant, and have been impressed with my meal both times. The food was well seasoned and freshly cooked, and I enjoyed the excellent service as well.
The menu is unique in that it serves fare that is traditional restaurant and home-cooked cuisine, as well as menu items that are not common on many menus in the area, such as fried Cornish game hen, Cajun-style stew, and a new favorite of my own, creamy Polenta served with Portabella mushrooms, spicy garlic chicken and shrimp, sided by a vegetable medley with a tangy roasted red pepper sauce.
My friends and family have split the desserts when I’ve dined there. So, I’ve had a few bites of pecan pie and the house bread pudding with bourbon sauce. I loved the pecan pie. And, I loved the bread pudding too, but only what was between the raisins. Raisins cooked in anything tend to be a detraction for me, but it went over very well with everyone else. if you like raisins in your bread pudding, you’ll probably love the bread pudding served there. It has raisins. Enough of them to make me work at maneuvering my spoon out of their way. For many folks, that’s a plus!
I can easily recommend the Red Wagon to anyone, both grown-ups or grown-ups with kids. They can accommodate both easily, and the interior will prove to be fascinating to anyone.
There are vintage photos displayed that date back to the turn of the last century. Many were taken on local farms during an average work day, doing what they did on farms back then, in this area. Many of them have descriptions beneath the photos, stating where and when (approximately) the photo was taken. I grew up on a farm in this area, and some of them showed farmers performing tasks and using machinery of the likes I’ve never seen before, so I found the displays to be quite fascinating.
The Red Wagon Sports’ Bar is situated just off of the main lobby. The interior is inviting, strung with festive multi-colored lighting and during the daytime provides a quiet, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, separate from the other dining areas. The tables and booths easily have enough space for plates and a laptop, if a guest is in need of working through their meal. They also have a bandstand, and during the evenings, on weekends, they often provide live entertainment featuring popular area bands.