As a child, my mother would take me to the original LS Ayres Tea Room. She would tell me of how she would take the bus into downtown as a child, and have a special treat at the Tea Room. 4 generations of our family had eaten at the beautiful, original Tea Room...and it was treasured.
Now, I take my 9 year old daughter to the New Tea Room. I share our family stories with her as we sip on our Chicken Velvet Soup and nibble on our "fancy" bread. We have tried most of the items, and the only one that no longer tastes the same as I remember is the Chicken Pot Pie. The crust is a little different and the cream no longer tastes like their Chicken Velvet Soup.
The clown ice cream cone is IDENTICAL to what I remember as a child, and it never fails to make my daughter smile from ear to ear. Also, the clean plate treasure box, is ALWAYS a thrill. My daughter took her doll with her, and our waitress brought her a highchair for her baby...and even brought her doll a treat along with one for her.
I still recommend this restaurant to everyone that I talk with. It is a delightful lunch with unique to Indiana yummies. After leaving, I always feel like one proud Hoosier lady.