Sponsored by the Indiana Foodways Alliance
All featured sites of the Tenderloin Trail are nominated by members and have met the trail
guidelines of the Indiana Foodways Alliance. The following is a debut list that will be
expanded as sites are assessed. For updates, please see the Tenderloin Trail at
IndianaFoodways.com. Times and menus are subject to change.
Pricing is averaged and may be subject to change.
$ = Sandwiches are under $5, entrees under $10
$$ = Sandwiches are under $9, entrees under $18
$$$ = Lunches $10 and up, dinners $18 and up
The Red Onion $$
3901 W. State Route 47
Sheridan, IN 46069 317-758-0424 http://www.redonion.us
The story is all about the local Hoosier food at the Red Onion, which is located in a non-
descript strip mall. The giant breaded pork tenderloins on delicious handmade 7-inch buns
are incredibly tender and flavorful - so is the Reuben, served on its own locally baked
marble rye. Kielbasa corn soup, flavorful salad dressings and all kinds of sandwiches and
entrees are made in the scratch kitchen behind the pleasant open dining rooms and bar.
The Banks family usually has a crowd for dinner, so there may be a wait, but foodies make
this a stop on their way to Chicago and other cities, and find it is worth the wait. Open
Mon.-Sat. 11 am-10 pm, Sunday 11 am-9 pm.
Nickel Plate Bar & Grill $$
8654 E. 116th St.
Fishers, IN 46038 317-841-2888
Located along the Nickel Plate railroad tracks in an historic house with train memorabilia
and a lively local atmosphere, the Nickel Plate is a Fishers landmark just a few blocks from
I-69. Friendly staff members offer comfort food and sandwiches on a glass porch or a
warm wood paneled dining room and bar. The oversized pork tenderloin, big burgers and
fish sandwiches are favorites, along with homemade soups and salads. Open Mon.-Thurs.
11 am-11 pm, Fri.-Sat. 11 am-midnight, Sun. 11 am-10 pm.
The Ice House $$
1412 W. Kem Road
Marion, IN 46952 765-664-6646 http://theicehousebarandgrill.com
Since 1988 Steve Roesly, or "The Ice Man" as he is famously known in Marion, has
presided over this comfortable local gathering place in a strip mall. Family chili and batter
recipes are fiercely guarded, but the atmosphere is friendly and open, with intimate booths
or tables for a crowd. The Ice House is known for prime rib, filets, chicken livers and Lori
Salad on an extensive menu. The "Love Me Tenderloin" is oversized and can be ordered
fried with Ice's secret breading, or grilled. The drunken fish sandwich is another favorite -
the cod is dense, dipped twice in a light spicy beer batter. Hot fudge sundaes and
cheesecake are signature desserts. Located near the corner of State Roads 9 & 37. Open
Mon.-Sat. 11 am-11 pm, Sunday 11 am-10 pm.
Lemon Drop Restaurant $
1701 Mounds Road (Rt. 32)
Anderson, IN 46012 765-644-9055
The 52-year-old Lemon Drop is the oldest restaurant in Anderson. The Lemon Drop’s
French fries have been voted best fries in Anderson in the Herald Bulletin’s “Best of
Anderson” contest, and the tenderloin sandwich really is tender, with a light breading. Also
known for burgers, malts and shakes, the little Lemon Drop seats 29 in a 1950s
atmosphere, complete with Rockola juke box, a toy train that runs around the ceiling
border, and a basket of lemon drops on the counter. The friendly staff is mostly college
students, with Bill Pitts, the Drop’s proprietor usually manning the grill. Open Mon.-Sat.
10:30 am to 9 pm. Hours may vary seasonally. Located just a few blocks south of
Scatterfield Road (Rt. 9).
Nick's Kitchen $
506 N. Jefferson
Huntington, IN 46750 260-356-6618 http://nickskitchen.net
Home of the breaded pork tenderloin since 1908, this downtown diner is filled with friendly
local regulars from 6 am to 2 pm daily. Owner Jean Anne Bailey bakes all the pies and
marinates the giant tenderloins overnight to give them their famous juicy tenderness. This
is the starting place of our tenderloin trail, since Nick's claims the honor of serving the first
breaded pork tenderloin sandwich from a street cart in downtown Huntington. Business
was soon good enough to move into a fine brick building on Jefferson Street, and Nick's
has been at its cozy location ever since. Sugar cream and black raspberry pie are dessert
favorites, and sausage gravy is served over biscuits or potatoes on an extensive breakfast
menu that also features Belgian waffles. Very reasonably priced sandwiches, salads and
hand-dipped milkshakes round out the lunch menu. The ½ pound Quayle Burger with fries,
name after Vice President Dan Quayle, is the most expensive menu item at $7.95. Open
Mon.-Sat. 6 am-2 pm. Wi-Fi wireless Internet available.
Auburn's Town Tavern $$
1343 S. Main St.
Auburn, IN 46706 260-925-0555
Home of the Hershburger, this family-owned traditional tavern offers lots of choice on its
breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Weekly specials include fried fish, chicken, ribs,
steaks, and prime rib on Saturday night. The breaded pork tenderloin is billed as "Our
Huge Famous!" and it is. State Fair corn dogs and macaroni and cheese are featured on
the children's menu. Most items are available for carry-out. Open Monday-Saturday 6 am-
Cricket's Tavern $
120 W. Seventh St.
Auburn, IN 46706 260-925-9980
Cricket's has been an Auburn bar since before Prohibition, and the historic building started
life as an 1890 saloon. Chuck Blevin's grandfather bought the Cricket in 1955, and the
regular lunch crowd has included judges, businessmen and police officers for generations,
enjoying beef & noodles over homemade mashed potatoes, BBQ hog wings (pork shanks)
shrimp, fish, grilled or traditional giant breaded pork tenderloins and prime rib sandwiches.
The warm wood floors and tin ceiling give this "home of the Cricket Burger" that historic
touch, but the service and atmosphere spell fun and comfort. Open Mon.-Sat. 8:30 am-
Triple XXX Family Restaurant $
2 N. Salisbury St.
West Lafayette, IN 47906 765-743-5373 http://www.triplexxxfamilyrestaurant.com
Triple XXX is thought to be the oldest drive-in in Indiana and is located "on the Hill" near
Purdue University's Campus. This Purdue favorite started life as a root beer stand, serving
the famous Triple XXX Root Beer in 1929. Part of the original structure is still in use today.
Beloved menu items include the handcut pork Leroy Loin, served on a toasted sesame
seed bun with lettuce, tomato and Miracle Whip, buttermilk biscuits and gravy made with
local sausage, the 100% sirloin chopped steak sandwiches, spicy curly fries and the flaky-
crusted fruit and cream pies baked on the premises. Retro counter seating gives
customers a ring-side view of the prep area and grills. Full breakfast menu, kids menu, ice
cream and dinner platters are also available, along with the famous root beer, of course.
Open 24 hours, Monday through Saturday.
The Chocolate Moose $$
101 N. Main St.
Farmland, IN 47340 765-468-7731
This old-fashioned soda fountain and grill is the heart of Farmland, where owners Gary
"Moose" and Karen Moore greet their customers, and high school kids get their first jobs.
The handbreaded pork tenderloins are cooked to perfection on the grill with a flat iron – not
deep fried, and they are served on a 5-inch bun with homemade potato "chips" and
coleslaw. The pork comes from the local Farmland meat locker. Fish and seasoned chips
are another specialty at the Chocolate Moose, along with homemade soups, salads and
sandwiches. Desserts include apple dumplings and fruit cobblers, served with Atz Premium
Ice Cream from Kendallville. Ice cream flavors include cherry mousse, moose tracks and
seasonal favorites like pumpkin, peppermint and black walnut. Flavored cokes, sodas and
phosphates are fountain favorites. Open daily 11 am-9 pm and until 10 pm on Fri. & Sat.
Hinkle's Hamburgers $
206 S. Adams St.
Bloomington, IN 47404 812-339-3335
Leon Hinkle opened this original diner in 1930, where students and local folk can still count
on the beef for the hamburgers being freshly ground every morning and the pork tenderloin
being hand cut and tenderized. These tenderloins are dipped in egg and well-seasoned
breading before being deep-fried. The tenderloins are even good cold! Hinkle's uses local
meats for its sandwiches and homemade chili, and the Clark family, the present day
proprietors, also makes potato salad, cookies, pie, cobblers and cakes in the open
stainless steel kitchen at the end of the long red counter. A hand-dipped milkshake and a
side of onion rings or baby cakes make perfect partners to the famous Hinkle burger
(served with grilled onions and dill pickles), the fish, chicken or tenderloin sandwiches.
Open Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.
Nick's English Hut $$
423 E. Kirkwood
Bloomington, IN 47404 812-332-4040
Nick's has been a beloved hang-out for locals and students for 81 years. Voted
Bloomington's Top Independent Restaurant, the English-style pub's partners support local
farms and businesses for most ingredients. Nick's signature items include a substantial
breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, great stromboli, subs, an original recipe chili and Nick's
Sticks - a grilled skewer of bourbon beef or teriyaki chicken and vegetables served with
bleu wasabi and jasmine rice. Southern Indiana farms are the source for the 1/3 pound
Angus beef burgers and elk burgers. Chef Dave's homemade desserts change
seasonally, and an extensive beverage and bar menu includes local brews. Open Mon.-
Sat. 11 am-2 am. Sun. noon-midnight.