You simply won’t believe the charm of this place until you visit in person. Babcock’s is located in an old-style building, built in 1858, and laced with modern touches. The signage outside is as inviting as it is vintage and their saloon-diner crossover atmosphere is coated in soothing, neutral colors. In their own unique way, Babcock’s boasts there are no TVs or Wi-Fi in its restaurant—just “good food, company and conversation”—making it all the more tempting to head over there with an old friend or a really good book. Oh, and they love lilacs; you will see this flowery symbol sprinkled all over the restaurant, and it’s beautiful.
Specializing in Midwestern comfort food, Babcock’s best menu items include vegetarian quinoa bowls, amazing burgers for meat-lovers, and loaded lemon garlic hummus, which is an absolute gem of an appetizer. And all of it is made from scratch right after you’ve placed your order. If that isn’t quality service, I don’t know what is. Babcock’s Grove House gets it right every time.