I had dined at Arni’s in Lebanon several years ago, and we had pizza. As I recall, it was excellent.
I’d never had their breaded tenderloin, and had been told that it was a good one, so we decided to give it a try.
We chose the 96th street location. It has a nice, funky, decor, and a VERY extensive menu. Pizza, steak, burgers, and more.
When I saw they offered a “fresh, center cut pork tenderloin”, I had REALLY high hopes for this sandwich.
Be warned…a major rant is ahead.
I’ll never understand why Indiana restaurants…with otherwise outstanding menus, try to pass off a frozen pork fritter as something else. If you’re not going to offer a true breaded tenderloin, do us all a favor and simply take it off of the menu. To order a “fresh, center cut pork loin” and get a frozen patty does nothing but leave a bitter taste in our mouths. The Breaded Tenderloin is a piece of Hoosier identity and culture. Take some pride in it, or get rid of it.
Before I rate the sandwich itself, I want to be sure and give Arni’s a fair shake. Holly had Shrimp and Bacon tacos, and they were nothing short of fantastic. I tasted them, and they were the best thing I’d had in a LONG time…over the top good.
And, our server, Jeff, was one of my favorite servers of all time. Polite, attentive, professional…all the things a server should be.
But, this blog is about the tenderloin, not everything else. I can give Arni’s breaded tenderloin no more than a 1 out of 5. It’s edible, but that’s about it.
I’d highly recommend a visit to Arni’s….just get something else.
Arni’s has several locations in Central Indiana. To find a location near you, visit their website here.