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Tenderloin Trail Sponsored by the Indiana Foodways Alliance http://www.indianafoodways.com 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- 10 pm. 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- 1:30 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.
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