By Melissa Schwartz
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If you live in Indiana, New Orleans seems like a faraway place full of fun, music, historical discovery and flavorful food. The city is so unique -- a great place for a little respite. Fortunately, you can find an authentic splash of New Orleans hidden close to home in a historic Indiana building!
Go to Zydeco's in Mooresville and you’ll be whisked to New Orleans, even if only for a meal. Owners Carter and Deb Hutchinson have created a place where good food rules and good times roll! Carter is originally from Louisiana and has transported the flavors New Orleans to the Midwest. Zydeco's captures all of the fun that is New Orleans including a much anticipated crawfish boil each year. All of this flavor is artfully wrapped in a historic building with its own share of stories.
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In its current incarnation, Zydeco's interior creates the atmosphere of New Orleans with masks, beads, artwork, bold colors and the food. However, traces of the building’s previous history remain apparent. The stories of the past are interwoven with the ones of today, just like in New Orleans.
The ivy-covered brick building, constructed around 1879 as a dentist's office, was home to Brown's Rexall Drug until 1964. Pharmacy shelves from the drugstore were repurposed for one of the restaurant’s bars. Next, the site became Wards Apparel, which lives on today in a dining room where the shelves that once held Wards' Levi's can be found. The Redmen's Lodge, a fraternal organization, once occupied the upstairs.
All around, Zydeco's packs a treat for travelers near and far. While visiting, you can appreciate the history of the building right along with the Louisiana spirit that now inhabits it. And, of course you must try the true Louisiana cuisine. You won't even have to choose between jambalaya and gumbo -- you can get them mixed together. What a wonderful blend of history and life from both the past and present!
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Zydeco’s is located at 11 East Main Street in Mooresville. The restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Zydeco’s does not take reservations, but if you do have to wait for a table, don’t worry. “We bought the building next door so there is somewhere to hang out, have a drink and listen to some music while you wait. It's worked out so well, we are able to seat more people and if you don't want to leave after dinner you can go next door for an after-dinner cocktail, thus freeing up tables for diners," says Deb Hutchinson.
Browse the menu and check out the schedule of upcoming live music performances at Zydeco’s website: http://www.zydecos.net/.
Melissa Schwartz is a contributor and editor of Two Moms, a Little Time, and a Keyboard, a hyper-local blog in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She also manages the social media for Norton’s U.S.A., a general store in Barrington, Illinois only selling products made in the U.S.A. She has a passion for traveling a little off the beaten path and finding gems that others have overlooked. She especially enjoys creating special travel memories with her husband and 9-year-old daughter. Follow her on Twitter @momsandkeyboard.
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Each week Indiana Landmarks uses insider knowledge to highlight historic places worth a visit, from the quirky to the sublime: small towns, neighborhoods, restaurants, shops, parks, cemeteries, scenic drives, museums -- you get the idea. Learn more about Indiana Landmarks at www.indianalandmarks.org.