Created in 1908 at Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana, the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich is hard to find outside the region. Hoosiers are proud of their state sandwich and believe everyone traveling through owe it to themselves to try a good breaded Indiana tenderloin. The sandwich is described as a “monster’s portion” of lean pork breaded and deep fried and served on a hamburger bun. Makers of this popular Indiana specialty take different approaches on the tenderizing (thick tenderloin or thinned out to the size of an elephant ear), the breading and the fry oil. There is even a documentary “In Search of the Famous Hoosier Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich” by Jensen Rufe.
10Best and Sandwich America recruited a panel of local foodies to nominate their favorite breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches in the state, and for the past four weeks our readers have been voting daily for their favorites.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin in Indiana are as follows:
- O'Bryan's Nine Irish Brothers - Lafayette
- Nick's Kitchen - Huntington
- The Mug - Greenfield
- C.R. Heroes Family Pub - Fishers
- Mr. Dave's Restaurant - North Manchester
- The Tie Dye Grill - Indianapolis
- Steer In Diner - Indianapolis
- Oasis Diner - Plainfield
- The Friendly Tavern - Zionsville
- Nickel Plate Bar & Grill - Fishers
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Liz Biro (IndyStar), Rick Garrett (All Tenderloins, All The Time), Lyn Mettler (10Best Local Expert) and Ken Thompson (Journal Courier) were chosen based on their familiarity with BPTs in Indiana.
Additional nominees in this category included Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant in Indianapolis, The Brau Haus in Oldenburg, Gaslight Inn in Indianapolis, Grindstone Charley's (multiple locations), Pawn Shop Pub in Indianapolis, Ray's Drive-In in Kokomo, TC's Restaurant and Tavern in Battle Ground, The Tick Tock Tavern in Lafayette, Triple XXX Family Restaurant in West Lafayette and Wagner’s Village Inn in Oldenburg.
A big congrats to all our winning BPTs!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo