Unique Eats: Streamliner Restaurant

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

A Rochester restaurant is getting plenty of attention, thanks to the Super Bowl, and one super sandwich. There are a lot of great dishes you can tackle at this family restaurant.

This week Newscenter 16 headed to the Streamliner restaurant for our Unique Eats segment.

Larry and Gloria Calhoun have owned the Streamliner restaurant for nearly 24 years. The traditional family restaurant is pure small town Indiana, exactly why many of their patrons come here.

Owner Larry Calhoun described the feeling of the restaurant by saying, “We want them to walk in and feel comfortable and feel this is a place they want to be.”

Apparently the Indiana Department of Tourism, and the Super Bowl Committee feel the same way. Originally they dubbed the Streamliner's ultimate grilled tenderloin as one of the top 46 sandwiches in a recent state-wide contest. Now, it's moved up to the top 16.

A food critic noticed the sandwich and tried it. Calhoun says he didn't even know when the critic was ever there.

“They called us and told us we had been selected and asked us if we'd be in it," Calhoun said. "Of course, we said yes. Why wouldn't you? We feel honored.”

The sandwich has been a staple at the restaurant for years, but is now bigger and better.

Calhoun explains how they wanted to try something new. “We wanted to upgrade it, and so that's what I did. So, we've been selling this particular sandwich for about 20 years.”

While the Super Bowl may be eyeing the tenderloin, regulars and fans of the Streamliner have many other dietary distractions to eat.

Their giant beef nacho supreme is always a hit, as is the pork burger with BBQ sauce, the double-decker Streamliner special, and the spanish fries topped with chili and cheese.

If burgers and sandwiches aren't your thing, there's the salmon, and the 15oz. Prime rib.

“We just have a very varied menu,” Calhoun said.

In old diner fashion, there is a soda shop. Gloria Calhoun says their chocolate soda is always a hit.

People come from far and wide to try their signature drink known as the suicide coke. Topped with marshmallow, it erupts when you stir it. For dessert, a classic banana split tops things off.

While the now-famous Super Bowl sandwich may be getting all of this restaurant's attention, the entire menu is still a touchdown with Streamliner fans.

“People tell us all the time, 'We love it, and we'll be back,' you know. That's what you wanna hear," Calhoun said.

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