Comfort food served at Kleptz Bar
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2007
Updated: Sunday, September 13, 2009 08:09
A few miles east of Terre Haute rests the small town of Seelyville, and one small family restaurant called Kleptz Bar.
Inside what looks more like an old white farmhouse than a restaurant, this neighborhood fixture serves up dinnertime classics, like steak and potatoes, in casual, friendly style.
Although Kleptz looks a little out of place on the fourway stop that is, essentially, Seelyville, the feel of the restaurant suggests that it's right at home. Inside, the air is warm and cozy, and a lingering smell of fried food is just strong enough to make a stomach rumble in hunger.
A friendly waitress takes diners to their tables as others carry trays laden with tenderloins, fried shrimp and steak to tables of hungry guests. Dim lighting highlights the works of local painters, and Seelyville's own radio station plays a unique mixture of soft and classic rock.
The menu at Kleptz is simple, yet filled with traditional American comfort foods. Steak, chicken and seafood dinners come with buttery baked potatoes, and slow simmered green beans with strips of bacon. Tiny loaves of brown Bavarian bread, a specialty ofthe house, come soft and warm on a wooden plank with plenty of butter, of course.
For starters, the menu features plenty of fried classics, like cheese sticks, mushrooms and popcorn chicken, but there are also some unique finds. The Maryland crab cakes are homemade: hand formed and then lightly fried until golden brown. Made with real crab, bread crumbs, mayonnaise and seasonings, these cakes are crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside; not too greasy.
For the main course, choices range from pasta to fried chicken. For a true plate of comfort, try the breaded pork tenderloin, served golden and tender with smooth peppered cream gravy, whipped mashed potatoes, and bacon-rich green beans.
For a lighter choice, try the marinated chicken breast dinner. Tender, moist, and perfectly marinated, this eight ounce chicken breast is far from the usual light fare.
Along with some of those rich green beans and a healthy portion of tender, smoky, wild rice, this dinner is perfectly satisfying. If that's not enough, for dessert there are plenty of homemade pies and cobblers made daily.
To try all of this delicious food, visit Kleptz Bar between 4 and 7 p.m., when "Early Bird" special dinners can be found with three sides for around $8. Daily specials are also a good deal, with prices between $10 and $14 dollars for entrées like Prime Rib, with three sides.
After all is said and done, starter, dinner and dessert, Kleptz Bar leaves no one hungry. Old-fashioned comfort food combines with cozy, friendly, settings here, creating that small town feeling of home. Full and warm, diners may find it hard to leave this cozy spot.