Syd’s Bar in Noblesville is one of those places that seems to be legendary in Central Indiana. Located on the town square, their classic neon sign proudly proclaims “fine foods” and they’re known far and wide as a favorite eatery.
They’ve got two rooms, a classic bar room, complete with shuffleboard, bar, booths, and juke box, and they also have a “family dining” room in the back. However, I do believe that even the family dining side is 21 and over, since it’s not seperated from the smoking area.
The service is fast and friendly, and I must give our servers kudos for being attentive to detail, keeping our drinks refilled, and being friendly and cordial.
Syd’s menu has a pretty wide selection of appetizers, the centerpiece being their signature fried pickles. There are a few places around town that serve fried pickles, and these are tops. Lightly breaded and served with remoulade sauce, they’re a great way to start the meal.
Of course, I made the trip up here to sample their breaded tenderloin. Syd’s tenderloin has been reviewed many times before on various sites…Yelp, Yahoo, and most recently by my friends at wouldibuyitagain.com. Locals seem to think that Syd’s is almost the Mecca of breaded tenderloins. If this is your opinion….maybe you should stop reading now.
As you can see by the picture, this tenderloin is huge. But, that’s a bit deceptive, because it’s pounded out paper thin, and there’s not much meat here at all. I got several bites that were nothing but breading..no meat to be found in that part of the sandwich.
The meat that I did get was………there’s no other way to put it. It was really, really bad. I don’t recall EVER having a piece of meat that was as dry as this one was. It was almost like chewing sand it was so dry. Not only was it dry, but it was tough and stringy, and filled with gristle.
The breading wasn’t much better. The menu claims it’s “seasoned”, but it was just bland and tasteless. To top it off, there was FAR too much of it.
The bun was toasted, and the condiments were brought as requested, however, that’s not enough to redeem this sandwich.
I’ve thought overnight about how to rate this sandwich. In the past, I’ve giving some sandwiches a “1” rating, reflecting that they’re “edible, but that’s about it”.
This sandwich wasn’t even edible. I covered part of it with my napkin and simply let them discard it. That’s how bad it was. Syd’s breaded tenderloin, (which sells for $6.95) gets a 0 out of 5 bites.
That said, the onion rings were excellent, and Holly chose their special for the evening, a smothered chopped sirloin, and that was quite good. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to Syd’s…I like the atmosphere and the service, but there’s no way I’d order their tenderloin again.
Syd’s is located at 808 Logan Street in Noblesville, Indiana.