Mr. Dave's Restaurant

Mr. Dave's Restaurant Mr. Dave's Restaurant- open Tuesday-Saturday 10a-8p Dave's Restaurant has been around town since 1962. Originally a drive-in restaurant with carhop service at the edge of town, Mr.

Dave's is now located in the main square of North Manchester, Indiana. Patrons place their order and pick it up at the front counter, like much fast food restaurant service, but the atmosphere and food is anything but the usual run-of-the-mill, mass produced fast food experience. Take-out and drive-through service are also available. Prices are reasonable, comparable to fast food chains, but you get so much more for your money at Mr. Dave's! Originally owned by David Clapp, the restaurant has always been family owned and operated. Dave himself has since retired from the cooking duties and his son, Kevin Clapp now does the short-order cooking, with the rest of the family still helping to run the business. Dave's signature sandwich is the breaded pork tenderloin, a popular item in this region of the country. Boneless pork medallions are hand-cut fresh daily, pounded, seasoned and breaded, and deep fried to a crispy delight on the outside while remaining tender and meaty on the inside. Plop it on a bun with tomato, lettuce, pickle, and mustard, or your preferred toppings, and you have a real treat! Grilled tenderloins are also available for those who don't care for deep-fried food. Fresh beef is ground daily for their hamburgers. One hamburger from Mr. Dave's will spoil you away from any frozen, processed hamburger from a national fast-food chain. There is just no comparison! A junior Mr. Dave's Restaurant Neighborhood: Market Square North Manchester, IN 46962 United States of America hamburger is also on the menu for children or small appetites. Hamburgers are cooked at the time they are ordered, never pre-cooked, and topped however you like them. Dave's also features a sausage patty sandwich. Like the hamburger, their sausage is ground daily, and has a mildly spicy seasoning. Topped with Swiss or American cheese and pickle, this sandwich is my favorite Mr. Dave's menu item and I've eaten more than my share over the years! My other favorite item is the onion rings. Real slices of sweet Vidalia onion, not the minced and formed variety, Mr. Dave's onion rings are lightly battered, sweet and crispy. Dave's also offers a breaded vegetable tray which includes onion rings, cauliflower, zucchini, and mushrooms. The broasted chicken is cooked fresh, with a light, crispy coating and moist, tender and meaty interior. Not heavily breaded and greasy like the local KFC variety, this is chicken done right. Even the wings are moist and meaty, and there have been times I have made a meal of them. Chicken is available by the piece, in quantity, or can be ordered as a dinner with broasted potatoes (a whole potato cut in half) or friench fries, and cole slaw. (Broasting is a trademarked term for deep-fat frying food under pressure, which seals in the moisture and produces a crispy exterior). During the fall and winter season, Mr. Dave's creates home made soups, usually chili and vegetable, perfect for warming up the body and soothing the soul! Other menu items include barbecued (pulled) pork sandwiches, hot dogs, cookies, ice cream and fountain drinks. Although Mr. Dave's offers fast-food style counter service, the atmosphere is cozy and warm. The surroundings and staff are clean. Booth or table seating is available. The decor is old-timey, with the counter and table tops decorated with a turn-of-the-century newspaper ad motif. Makes for some interesting reading while you are waiting for your food! The wait is never long, even when the restaurant is at its busiest during the lunch rush. The only wait you may have is if you order the broasted chicken, a popular menu item. If they have chicken ready you're good to go, but if they have to cook a fresh batch your wait will be 15-20 minutes. Believe me, it is worth the wait! Published and written by Jill Davidson (Associated Content)

Payment Options:   Discover Mastercard Visa

Price Range: $

General Manager: Kevin Clapp

Attire: Casual


Mr. Dave's has closed. We have ran out of all the fresh food we have and we have closed the doors for good. If you have a call in order you are still able to pick it up.


The restaurant will be open again on Tuesday, May 2nd.
Hours are Tuesday - Saturday
10:00am - 8:00pm.
Thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes for Kevin.
Kevin actually has a fractured rib, not pulled muscles. During his tests, an abnormality was found on the CT scan. He saw an oncologist Friday who said he couldn't positively say it was cancer, nor could he positively say it wasn't just by looking at the films. He even mentioned it could be inflammation or scar tissue?? Kevin will have a biopsy done in May. Prayers for good results please! Thanks. 🍔🍔


I'm sorry to post that Mr. Dave's will be closed Tuesday, April 25th - Saturday, April 29th. Kevin has torn some muscles in his upper rib/chest area that needs to get healed. The pain was severe enough Friday night that 911 was called thinking it might be heart related...Thankfully, he did not have a heart attack, but we certainly appreciate all the prayers and inquiries about him. Please keep Kevin in your prayers for complete healing. We are sorry for the inconvenience.


We will be closed November 24th - 26th for the Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy your food, family and friends, and be thankful for all your blessings. 🍗🍗


Looking for some dependable part time help. Mostly evenings and includes some week end hours as well. Tuesday's through Saturdays. Pick up applications at Mr Daves's restaurant.


Potato Salad Season starts today!! 😄😄


Mr Dave's will be closed for the holidays/vacation starting Saturday, December 19th @8:00 pm. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 12th at 10:00am. We will reopen with our winter hours.

Tues - Thursday. 10am - 3pm
Friday & Saturday 10am - 8pm
Closed Sunday's & Monday's.

Happy Holidays!!🎄🎄


We will be closed Thursday, November 26th - Saturday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday. 😄


Vacation is over! Mr Dave's is back open, however we are on our winter hours.

Tues. - Thurs. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday and Saturday 10:00 am -8:00 pm


Just a reminder...Mr Dave's will be closing at 8:00 pm tonight and we will not be reopening until Tues. Jan. 13th. When we reopen, we will be on our winter hours.

Tues-Thurs. 10:00-3:00
Fri and Sat. 10:00-8:00
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


102 E Main St
North Manchester, IN


(260) 982-4769


  • Kids
  • Outdoor
  • Takeout
  • Walkins


  • Dinner
  • Lunch


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