The Old Trail, Pendleton, Indiana
It’s part family restaurant and part bar. I’m generally not a fan of those restaurants that can’t seem to make up their mind what they want to be, but in this case, it works pretty well. The family side is non smoking, but the bar side is smoker friendly, so be aware of that if you’re sensitive to smoke.
The decor is warm and friendly, although has a “home interior party” feel to it. There are a few nice local touches, but nothing outstanding.
I would call the service warm and friendly also. Our server, although quite busy, did a fine job of taking care of us.
The menu has a nice mix of pub fare….burgers, pizza, and so on, as well as a lot of comfort food…chicken and noodles, broasted chicken, meatloaf, and other items that are traditional in the midwest.
I had heard that they had a pretty good tenderloin, so decided to give them a try on a Friday night.
I had really high hopes for the breading….as I was told they use potato chips as a base…but, once again, those hopes were dashed against the rocks of mediocrity. The breading was not outstanding as I had expected. It wasn’t bad….it just wasn’t especially good.
The meat, too, suffered the same fate. It was pounded out a little thinner than I prefer, but the taste just wasn’t there. It was a bit dry, and although the flavor wasn’t bad, it wasn’t terribly good either. Just so-so. I’m going to give the sandwich a 3 out o 5…just average.
The onion rings that I chose to go with my meal were above average, but fell short of outstanding.
Holly chose a grilled chicken salad, and it was, again, OK, but nothing to write home about.
That all said, we WILL return based on the service and prices. We have it on good authority that the broasted chicken is nothing short of spectacular, and also the chicken and noodle dinner is what dreams are made of…..by all reports, if you want that, you should go for lunch, as they often run out by the time dinner hour rolls around.
The Old Trail Restaurant is located on State Road 38, just East of Highway 69, in Pendleton, Indiana. I was unable to find a web site for them.