The Prewitt Restaurant + Lounge: Plainfield, IN

The Prewitt Restaurant + Lounge opened last November in a nearly century-old building after it sat vacant for about 6 years. Originally built as a movie theater in 1927, the movie theme is carried through at this upscale eatery of American fare where the stage/screen is used for live entertainment and showing classic black and white films. It's located in the heart of historic downtown Plainfield, just west of Indianapolis.

The main dining room features a sunken area with tables and a lounge area with plush leather couches. There’s an upstairs dining area with private bar that gives the vibes of a vintage speakeasy.

The dinner menu has previews (appetizers), main features (entrees) and credits (desserts) with a creative array of dishes - from beef short rib with crispy polenta and butterscotch bbq to duck porchetta with roasted squash puree, pomegranate Sherry gastrique and pistachio gremolata to dry aged bolognese pasta with smoked bleu cheese and fire roasted tomato sauce.

For a midday meal, the menu offerings include a variety of sandwiches and salads. Try The Godfather (full of Italian meats, provolone, tomato, onion, shrettuce, pepper relish and basil aioli on an Italian roll) or Chicken Ballerini - an Herbs de Provence marinated local chicken breast, spicy fire roasted tomato sugo, Italian cheeses - basil caper pistou on grilled bread among the options.

We were there for bunch and they have some really amazing menu items. Shrimp Avocado Toast with poblano ceviche, avocado mousse, grapefruit, lemon aioli on sourdough. Green Eggs and Ham - smoked porterhouse chop, butter beer glazed wilted pepper cress with crispy potatoes and two sunny side eggs. Royal with Cheese, a locally raised dry aged beef patty, Breadworks potato roll, Tulip Tree trillium cheese, jalapeƱo bacon jam, pickled onion, sunny farm egg, shrettuce, black garlic aioli. That’s what we’re talking about.

We started with the Meat + Cheese, a lovely charcuterie platter with cheeses, pickled vegetables, crackers, jam and nuts and a beer flight that is served in an old movie reel  (super cool!) with some snack mix.

Then we tried Lox Waffles with Balmoral smoked salmon, Calabrian chili cream cheese, pickled onion, crispy capers and cured egg yolk. I also couldn’t resist the Bee + Gee. It was the most unique biscuits and gravy presentation I’ve ever had and so good. This is not your grandma's biscuits and gravy. The buttermilk lavender biscuits were covered with chorizo sausage gravy topped with pickled onions and microgreens. I also added scrambled egg on top. It was a big messy bowl of brunch perfection.

They also have special features and the day were were there it was a Dutch baby with marscapone cheese, lemon, raspberry and pine berries - and to pair with it, a  Lemoncello Mimosa (champagne with raspberry liqueur and lemoncello). Sounded divine!

It’s definitely going to be on my radar for a dinner visit in the future, but I’m so glad we got to experience brunch. If you’re looking for a Sunday brunch in the Indy area, this should absolutely be on your list.

The Prewitt Restaurant + Lounge
121 West Main St.
Plainfield, IN