Kokomo’s Culinary Corner: Ducky’s Family Restaurant

Kokomo is blessed to have many great local restaurants with delicious food and stories to share.  This week’s feature is Ducky’s Family Restaurant.  Local family-owned, Ducky’s has been in Kokomo for 33 years, and recently underwent a transformation while being featured on Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible.  Chef Robert Irvine and his team spent two days in Kokomo, and I was anxious to see the new changes!

Ducky's sign

As soon as we walked through the front doors, the design changes were evident.  The dining room is quaint and reflects both Kokomo and Ducky’s local community heritage, including a large photo of Elwood Haynes (inventor of America’s First Car in Kokomo – 1894) and nostalgic photos of the restaurant throughout the years.  The colors and decor are bright and fresh.

Ducky's interior 1

Haynes Sign 1

Ducky's foodThe menu features a few new dishes along with many local favorites, including a variety of burgers, “The Marilyn” (grilled tenderloin sandwich named after one of Ducky’s regular customers), onion threads, Henny Penny’s (roasted potato wedges), and Ducky’s famous fried chicken.  They also have a salad bar.  Turkey Manhattan was the special of the day.

We ordered the Blue Ribbon Chicken (breaded chicken stuffed with ham and cheese) with Henny Penny’s and grilled asparagus and the Breaded Chicken Strip Salad.  The chicken was very moist and flavorful.  Both side dishes were good, and the salad was very fresh!

Portion sizes were generous, so there was no room for dessert. However, I noticed several pies and a chocolate torte (which sounded really good!) were listed.

Check out the “new” Ducky’s Family Restaurant, located at 816 East Markland Avenue in Kokomo.  Hours are Monday-Saturday 7am-9pm and Sunday 7am-2pm.

For more information about local dining in Kokomo, please visit www.VisitKokomo.org/dining.

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