The Cabana Room, Brownsburg, Indiana
It’s an interesting place. Although they’re called “elegant and sophisticated” on their website, they do that without being pretentious. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a prententious restaurant. I’m happy to report that the Cabana Room IS sophisticated, but still retains a small town atmosphere and we’ve never encountered anything but a warm and friendly staff when we’re there.
The atmosphere is part cigar bar, part sports bar. The bar area has a fully stocked humidor, if you prefer non smoking, there’s a seperate dining room. Outside dining is also available, weather permitting.
The have a complete menu, with a nice selection of appetizers and salads, sandwiches, steaks, pasta, and desserts.
Of course, I was there to try the breaded tenderloin. Their tenderloin is advertised as beer battered, and it’s obviously hand breaded with great care. The meat itself is nice and tender, and the breading is really nice and flaky with a good flavor. The meat and breading are certainly up among the best around.
They serve their tenderloin with “Island Barbeque Sauce”, which I asked them to hold. It’s also served on Ciabatta Bread. Now, mind you, I like Ciabatta Bread, but, for me, it doesn’t work on the tenderloin. I really enjoy the traditional texture of a nice, soft bun on a crisp breaded tenderloin, but the Ciabatta Bread was just too much. I liked the flavor combination, the texture, not so much.
There are a number of sides available. I chose waffle fries, and they’re very, very good. I highly recommend them.
I’ve been struggling with how to rate this sandwich. I’ll say this. If you’re looking for a twist on a breaded tenderloin…something different….you’re going to REALLY enjoy it.
That said, I’m a traditional guy. I like traditional Hoosier Breaded Tenderloins. If this meat and breading were on a traditional bun, I’d give it a very high rating. As it stands, I’m going to give it a 3. It’s above average and worth a try.
I like Cabana Room a lot. I’ll certainly be back and sample more of their menu. The Cabana Room is located at 36 E Main Street in Brownsburg, Indiana. You can find them online at http://cabanaroom.net/