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September 5, 2021

In our own small towns in Wayne County we have little unique corners that not everyone has had the luck to experience.  One has been in the Richmond community for decades, another not as long but still a treasure to many.

Mercurios Pizza

When I moved away from home and was able to have my own apartment, I was lucky to rent a small place next to Mercurios Pizza.  The sweet aromas from their kitchen drew me there on the regular for pizza and their delicious salad.  It quickly became a favorite for me and my friends and family.

Located at  210 South 8th Street in an unassuming brick structure that many drive by daily,  it can be easy to overlook this gem of a family-owned pizzeria.  From a small kitchen that can still be seen in the back of the store, Matt and Ann first made pizzas in 1956 to serve in their family business called the Frame Bar,  which was located where they now serve pizza to the public.

According to their website, “Staying with their rich Italian heritage, Matt and Ann quickly grew hundreds of pizza-loving customers,” opening Mercurios Pizza in 1976.   Using fresh ingredients and their authentic Italian recipes, Mercurios Pizza is real Italian pizza.  You can now enjoy hoagies, pasta and crust-less pizzas all at very affordable prices.

A family owned business in the heart of Richmond- a hidden gem.


La Mexicana Grill

Another hidden experience is the authentic family owned La Mexicana Grill and market in Richmond IN.  Walking into this unassuming space it’s the closest one can come to feeling they’ve walked into a village in Mexico by the sights, smells and sounds of the first language of Spanish spoken by the owners and staff.

Located on 519 NW 5th Street, you can easily drive by and miss this out of the way eatery.   Yet their reviews attest to the fact that those who have found this low-key offering of delicious fare are hooked for life, and many come back from far reaches to enjoy their burritos with the hot green sauce.   (My favorite is the vegetable burrito with a generous slice of Mexican cheese and rice and the green sauce on the side- Mmm)

Their menu also includes quesadillas and tortas and all can be upgraded to full meals  at extremely affordable prices.   You can also call for pick-up.

If you are looking for authentic Mexican foods, along with an enjoyable experience, you will want to add this to your staycation destination.


Wayne County Indiana offers many opportunities to experience the mixture of our older Italian heritage along with newer cultural experiences while supporting local businesses and enjoying delicious flavors.   Follow us to read more about local happenings and small businesses.




About the Author KPass

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.

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