Joe’s Shelby Street Diner, Indianapolis

Joe’s Shelby Street Diner is located on South Shelby Street, in Indianapolis.
You can tell when you enter that looks like a fun place, and indeed, it is.  The wait staff is friendly and helpful, there’s an old Jukebox filled with hits from the 50s and 50s, and old  movie and concert posters adorn the walls.  It is, indeed, like stepping back into the 1950s.

Their food is all named after 50s TV and movie idols, and they have a nice selection of hamburgers, blue plate specials, and more on their menu.

I had never heard of this place, but it was suggested as a place to have a Route 66 planning meeting and photo shoot  (We’re driving the entire length of Route 66 later this year), so I decided it would be a good place to do a tenderloin review.

I ordered the “hubcap tenderloin” which is served on a nicely toasted, 7 inch bun, and came with a side of crinkle cut fries.
The bun was nicely, evenly toasted, and the onion was plentiful, just the way I like it.
And those fries…I can’t remember having fries done more perfectly, they were just ouststanding.

So, how was the tenderloin?

Like many restaurants, it was a big disappointment…it was simply a frozen pork fritter.  Yes, it was big, but that’s about all I can say about it.  If you want a big, frozen pork fritter, then you can get one here.  If you’re looking for a truly great tenderloin…you’re better of spending your money elsewhere.
Which, to me, is sad.  This place has SO much potential…a great, friendly staff and a fun atmosphere. One of our party got a hamburger, and it looked fabulous.  Tis a pity they don’t invest a little time in effort into make a truly great sandwich.

I’m giving Joe’s Shelby Street Diner’s breaded tenderloin sandwich a 2 on a scale of 1-5 bites…a bit below average.
Joe’s Shelby Street Diner is located at 3623 S Shelby Street in Indianapolis.


5 thoughts on “Joe’s Shelby Street Diner, Indianapolis

  1. Bummer. I love the ’50s diner type places. People don’t understand, it is always the food first. Everything else is a distant second. I could tell form the pic that this was going to be a 3 or under. Thanks for the heads up Rick, nice work my friend.

  2. You should have tried the cheeseburger, which is what they are known for…I know, you are the tenderloin guy…but I’m the cheeseburger gal and I’m telling you, its worth the drive from anyplace in Indy

  3. I got some sort of a salmon sandwich (forget the name) and it was great. The salmon was done just right — still moist, but no raw spots. Their gingham salad is awesome too.

    Maybe they’ll work on having a true hand-breaded tenderloin sandwich after reading this review.

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