If you’re from Indiana, you’ve no doubt heard of Bobby Plump. If you’re from the southern part of the state, he’s an icon, if you’re from the Muncie area he’s a villan. Either way, he’s an important part of Indiana basketball history…and, I suspect, always will be.
He’s not the first local sports hero in any town to open up a bar or restaurant, but, these days, it seems most sports heroes lend their name to a chain rather than opening something special.
Plump’s Last Shot is, indeed, something special. Set in Broad Ripple Village, on the Monon Trail, it offers ample outside dining as well as an inside dining area. We chose to eat outside, as it was a beautiful spring evening, and enjoyed watching the walkers, runners, and cyclists going up and down the Monon trail.
Plump’s goes out of it’s way to make folks feel at home….which fits. Bobby Plump is from the tiny town of Milan, Indiana, and everything about this restaurant is small town, right down to the water dishes provided for those who might want to bring their dogs to the patio with them.
Plump’s Last Shot menu is full of pretty typical pub fare, with a few surprises thrown in. Holly chose a Buffalo Chicken Wrap, which was excellent…after getting over the initial surprise at just how HOT it was…and, I, of course, chose the breaded tenderloin sandwich.
Plump’s offers a hand cut, fresh tenderloin prepared 3 ways. Grilled, Breaded, or Blackened…which is the first time I recall seeing a Blackened Tenderloin.
The breaded option is big, but not so big as to be overwhelming, which is just the way I like it. The breading itself was tasty and had a really interesting “crunch” to it. As far as texture, it was certainly a 5 out of 5. The taste of the breading was a bit less stellar, but it was still VERY good and well above average.
The meat itself was also excellent…moist and tender, and the tenderness of the meat combined with the crunch of the breading made for an outstanding combination.
The bun and attention to detail was lacking a bit. The bun was fine, but it appeared they had only made a very token attempt at toasting it, so that knocks a few points off. And, the sandwich was not served dressed as I ordered it, and this lack of attention also decreases the score just a bit.
I must say a word about those onion rings. That one word is WOW. Do yourself a favor….get the onion rings.
Overall, I’m giving the Plump’s Last Shot breaded tenderloin sandwich a 4 out of 5 bites. It’s well above average and certainly worth a repeat visit from me. A little more attention to detail would bring the score up even more.
The sandwich sells for $6.95, and includes chips. Fries or Onion Rings will set you back $1-$1.50 more.
Plump’s Last Shot is located at 6416 Cornell Avenue in Indianapolis.