There are some places that seem to TRY to be quaint, but fall short of the mark. But there are someplaces that it just come naturally to, and The Dugout Tavern is such a place.
On second thought, I’m not sure if it’s quaint or a dive bar…but either way…it’s a fun place to hang out.
The Dugout is located in the 600 block of Virginia Avenue, just outside of Fountain Square proper. It’s got a small seating area on the sidewalk, an old bar inside and a seperate dining room. It is a 21 and over, smoking venue.
The Dugout has some items on it’s menu that you don’t find very many places…like the Fried Bologna sandwich….a favorite of mine. They also feature a Smelt dinner…something that’s a favorite in the Long Island area of New York, but seldom seen here in Indiana.
I found myself at the Dugout for a business meeting, and chose to do a tenderloin review while I was there.
Please excuse the quality of the photo, as my regular camera is on the fritz and I had to use a phone.
If I could sum up The Dugout’s tenderloin in one word, it would be “disappointing”. Judging from the food my companions got, and from the smells coming out of the kitchen, I was expecting something special. What I got was not one, but two frozen pork fritters on my bun. There’s nothing more disappointing than expecting a good tenderloin sandwich and getting a Krogers pork fritter.
On the up side, the bun was perfectly toasted, and I got a nice, hearty slick of onion atop the sandwich. The sandwich was served piping hot and the crinkle cut fries were nothing short of delightful.
If you’re looking for a really great tenderloin sandwich, the The Dugout isn’t the place to go. I’ll be generous because of the trimmings and give it a 2.5 out of 5 bites, simply average.
However, I would recommend a stop at The Dugout for the atmosphere, if nothing else. I’ll certainly go back and try their fried bologna sandwich!
The Dugout Tavern is located at 620 Virginia Avenue in Indianapolis.