Thanks for all the suggestions. We had a great time in Indy and ate like State Fair prize hogs, lol!
We spent most of ourtime at The Speedway so we went to Grindstone Charlie’s and had the Pork Tenderloin. Oh Lord! It was amazing! And their cracked pepper onion rings were tasty and different. Thanks Davydd.
On the way home we hit Sherrill’s "Eat and Get Gas". We waited an annoyingly long time for our food. I had an omlette, super thin, rubbery, overdone. Also had biscuits and gravy. The gravy was too sweet and the sausage was really bland. Loved the atmosphere but was really disappointed by the food.
Which may account for its large contingent of gastroenterologists.
wow!you are amazing davydd!thanks for the archival lexicon of pork tenderloin sandwhiches[;)].i visit indy on occasion and have enjoyed the breaded pork tenderloin at a rather felliniesque dive south of downtown called "the peppy grill" on s. virginia ave.however i wish i could find one of those sandwiches here in chicago.
If you have a taste for Irish pub fare, I strongly recommend Claddaugh Irish Pub, 234 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, (317) 822-6274. I have been there several times over a couple years, and the Guiness stew with mashed potatoes is to die for. Prices are modest.
Real Indiana comfort food and not to be passed up is the deep fried breaded pork tenderloin sandwich while you are enjoying your stay. You probably cannot find them in the south (easily) and will be the one thing you will experience that is pretty unique. Near the track there are several excellent restaurants that serve them starting with the Brickyard Crossing on the Speedway grounds, Grindstone Charley’s down the road, the Union Jack, McGilvery’s, Billy O’Neal’s Pub and, of course, the Mug’n’Bun. Many have been mentioned in this thread with pictures…
The photo library I set up, including many Indiana pork tenderloin sandwiches, can be found at…
I have done St. Elmo’s many times. Food is great but I do not like the crowded conditions. It is a little bit like being a sardine.
Paul E. Smith
Shapiro’s is a great deli.
I"m always suprprised myself at all the mentions Indy gets on this site…guess it’s the tenderloins and fried chicken, which I suppose constitutes our "food identity" to the rest of the world.
Indy is one of the places you can eat at Skyline and White Castle in a single day.
I’m not a big St. Elmo’s fan, but the pork is good there and the shrimp cocktail is if nothing else, entertaining. Eat at the bar if you can, they have a great bar staff.
The recommendation in the above post will cover your choices pretty well…If you want some more hit the search button at the top of this page and enter Indianapolis. I think you will be suprised at the number of places listed.
Hollyhock Hill, it’s the first place everyone thinks of.
Keystone Deli for Southern Breakfast and Southern atmosphere
Stew has meat and potatoes. Real working man’s bar too.
Any of these places are great, but I particularly recommend the burgers at Workingman’s Friend…soooo good. Only open during the day, I believe.
If you want to spend big on the meat and taters:
My husband and I are going to spend 4 days in Indy this week. We’re planning to visit the Speedway and Zoo. Any suggestions for restaurants that will satisfy a Southern "meat and potatoes" guy? Thanks!
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