We’re by now familiar with certain Visa television commercials in which various attractions are cost evaluated component by component. The human interest tag line is usually designed to tug at the heart strings with the pronouncement “priceless”. To some degree that is also the thought which arises when dining at Ainsley’s Café and Harbor Bar on Brookville Lake in central eastern Liberty, Indiana. Ainsley’s Café is one of several restaurants owned by Richmond restauranteurs and a favorite dining destination by folks in the area. The vista is priceless.
Brookville Lake was created by the Corps of Army Engineers in 1974 for flood control and storm water management purposes. At one end of the lake is a towering dam. Around the expansive shoreline of this 5,260 acre lake with 25 miles of hiking trails are various marinas and boat launch sites, two State recreation areas and scenic outlooks. Ainsley’s Café sits high on a bluff overlooking a broad expanse of the lake. Diners can sit inside the restaurant or on the outside awning shaded deck. From the deck, one can see a diversity of recreational boat and fishing activity or enjoy the picturesque Sausalito Bay-like imagery of moored houseboats and other recreational motor craft below. It’s not noisy at all. In fact, outside dining is mostly quiet and serene with occasional and much appreciated onshore breezes and gusts of wind.
The menu is diverse with many meat, chicken, seafood, and salad entrée selections to choose from. Dining at Ainsley’s would typically fall into the “$$” category when describing menu price ranges. The food is delicious, however, and well worth the visit.
After or before eating, one can saunter around the area taking photographs of various portions of the lake from different vantage points or mosey along a path at marina level. Some of the paved pathways have a slight incline to them, so diners with walking disabilities would be well advised to know their physical comfort level before taking a stroll.
Ainsley’s Café and Harbor Bar is a great stop-over for lunch and dinner, strategically sited with commanding views of this huge 8.2 square mile lake, and well worth the drive to enjoy its excellent cuisine.
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