Dooley O’Toole’s, Carmel, Indiana
Dooley O’Toole’s is an Irish themed pub located in Carmel, Indiana. Locally owned and operated, they are a restaurant that is committed to buying from local suppliers and supporting the local community, which is a big plus in my book.
They’re located in a small strip center just south of Downtown, and Dooley’s is an all ages, smoke free restaurant. However, they do have an outside dining area where smoking is permitted. Thankfully, it’s located far away from the main entrance, so one doesn’t have to walk through the smoke to enter or exit the restaurant..another plus in my book! They have a nice decorated dining room inside, a pub area, and also a small banquet room that can be reserved free of charge for groups of up to about 40 people. Their service is prompt, professional, and friendly from the time you step in the door till the time you leave.
Their menu consists of typical pub fare such as burgers and other sandwiches, and a few more adventurous dishes.
Of course, I was there to sample the breaded tenderloin sandwich. Dooley’s has nightly specials, and Tuesdays is Tenderloin Tuesday. Their feature is the “mini” breaded tenderloin sandwich, with chips, for $5.95.
Take a look at the picture. Yes, that’s the MINI sandwich! It hangs WELL off of the bun. Their regular sized sandwich is absolutely HUGE.
Their tenderloins are not only hand breaded, but are cut fresh each morning at Joe’s Butcher Shop, and neighborhood butcher shop. This sandwich is the freshest of the fresh.
The meat itself is..in a word…fantastic. Moist and tasty, it’s a great cut of meat. The breading? Just as good. Nice, flavorful and crisp, and stayed crisp throughout the life of the sandwich. It’s pounded thin, but not paper thin. Even though it’s a “mini”…it’s a hearty, filling sandwich. At first bite, I knew this was one of the best tenderloins I’d had in a while, and it stayed that way throughout the meal.
The sandwich was served just as I ordered it, and I was pleased to see a nice, hearty portion of onions with it. Mayo and ketchup was served on the side.
I can only think of one thing wrong with this sandwich, and that is that the bun wasn’t toasted. Don’t get me wrong, the bun was a VERY good bun, but I think having it not toasted detracted just a little bit from the sandwich. Nevertheless, it’s moving right to the top of my list. Next time, I’ll simply ask them to toast the bun. All in all, I’m giving this sandwich a 4.8 out of 5 bites…gotta take just a bit off because of a non toasted bun!
On Tuesdays, the mini tenderloin is $5.95 with chips, you can substitute fries for $1.00 more. On other days, the mini is $6.95 and the full size tenderloin is always $8.95. I’m a pretty hearty eater…and the mini was certainly filling!
Oh, and one more thing…if you’ve got room for dessert…you should try the Blackberry Cobbler with Ice Cream. Take it from me.
Dooley O’Toole’s is located at 162 E Carmel Drive, Carmel, Indiana, 46032.