Where are you currently? Are you in Indianapolis? You might be in Virginia, or even in North Carolina. Well, you should be in Converse, IN, if it is between 7AM and 3PM. Rob and Amanda recently opened their Romandas restaurant on Jefferson Street in the old Essenhaus/Rickner’s Essenhaus building. The first day I wandered in they were still only serving breakfast. I ordered the Porky (an omelette with bacon, pulled pork, ham and sausage). Some people might think that an omelette is an omelette is an omelette, but they would be wrong. I dare you to find a more magnificent gathering of swine offerings. Romanda’s is a farm to fork restaurant, and that omelette comes with Rob’s home fries that will make you want to bring a sleeping bag or a hammock next time, because his special batter/seasoning on those fries will keep you coming back for more.
They are now open for lunch. They focus on burgers and wings, and we will talk about those in a minute. I feel like there might be some vegetarians wondering if there is something in this for them. Most vegetarians I know love a good grilled cheese. Rob’s grilled cheese includes 8 slices of cheese. Come on, man! And, if it’s in season, do yourself a favor and get some fried green tomatoes drizzled with a little garlic aioli. You will be glad you did.
He’s got burgers like the Teriyaki, the Reuben, the Cordon Bleu and a Pizza burger to name a few. But, my oh my, those wings. The first ones I tried were the Sriracha Lime. I then tried the Faceburner. I even tasted other sauces like Brown Sugar Bourbon, but time stood still when I tried the Salt and Vinegar. I love wings as spicy as they can come, but that Salt and Vinegar stopped the train without the need for a brakeman. I had a friend try one, and the people at the table laughed as they saw the sheer wonder on his face. He then replied, “he (Rob) might have just transformed the wing!” There are new flavors being added regularly, and you simply will not find a better wing.
Rob and Amanda will treat you right. Stop in and enjoy. I’ll probably be there.