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Treece’s: A Tasty Tradition for Supper-Club Staples

Nick Rogers | Monday, July 03, 2017

The calendar said it wasn’t quite summer. But it only felt right on a scorching June night as temperatures tipped toward the 90s to indulge in a favorite seasonal tradition: A small-town supper-club dinner.

Reading this in July, you’ve probably grilled out a half-dozen times. (Or a half-dozen times this week.) It’s customary this time of year, but you’ll inevitably hit a few points where you simply want someone to do it for you some night. That’s part and parcel with supper-club cuisine’s simple pleasures — tried-and-true, but tasty, variations on steak, fish or chicken.

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Honey-Garlic-BBQ-and-Orange-Ginger-Chicken-Wings-(with-Sweet-Potato)-from-Treece's-Restaurant-and-Lounge
Aussie-Sirloin-and-Baked-Potato-from-Treece's-Restaurant-and-Lounge

You’d be hard-pressed to find sturdier, or more satisfying, supper-club fare in the area than at Treece’s Restaurant & Lounge in Rossville. The décor is all that’s minimal about the place, a beer sign here and a framed historical accolade there. The sizable marquee promotes catfish and steak and the building dominates the downtown drag. But a deep-bench menu goes well beyond those regionally famous moneymakers.

Treece’s boasts enticing specials almost every night of the week — renowned prime rib on weekends, two nights of all-you-can-eat chicken plates and a two-for-$16.99 special every Tuesday and Thursday.

On this Monday night, my wife and I had to try the all-you-can-eat chicken wings (eight to start, with your pick of two flavors). We started on the safe side of heat, with the tangy-sweet glaze of honey garlic BBQ and the tart zing of orange ginger, before moving on to Caribbean jerk. That’s my kind of wing, spice introducing itself with a firm, confident handshake. There’s no skimping on the sauce, either; this was a six-napkin affair.

The wings are light enough that you can easily split other dishes. Tales are told for miles of Treece’s catfish, so we couldn’t possibly pass it up. The breaded catfish curl appetizer is delicious but dangerous; with coating this light and tartar sauce this sweet, you could take down the whole plate. In addition to catfish, Treece’s offers nearly 20 more seafood offerings — including smelt and frog legs.

And while the teriyaki-tinged Black Diamond steak is a house favorite, I opted for the “Aussie” Sirloin — spiced, seared and served at a perfect medium temperature.

This doesn’t even include sides, salads and slices of garlic bread thrown in with dinners at no extra cost. We tried nothing else only because the stomach can only stretch so much. But we saw at least a half-dozen other items we’d love to sample next time.

Lucky for us, there’s still plenty of summer left for that.

IF YOU GO

  • Treece’s Restaurant & Lounge
  • 26 W. Main St.
  • Rossville, IN
  • (765) 379-3550

Hours

  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday
  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday

Appetizers

  • $4.95 to $15.95

SANDWICHES

  • $2.25 to $8.50

FISH

  • $7.99 to $15.99

STEAK / CHICKEN / PORK

  • $5.99 to $20.99

MUST-HAVES

  • Catfish (in any of the many forms available)
  • Black Diamond Steak
  • Prime Rib (available only on weekends)
  • Last modified: Monday, August 21, 2017

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Nick Rogers

Nick Rogers

Nick Rogers lives in Lafayette with his wife, Abby. When he isn’t working as a Communications Manager for Purdue Agriculture, he’s likely at the movies, competing at (or hosting) trivia, or otherwise out and about enjoying Tippecanoe County.

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