Barley Island is, again, one of those places I’ve been aware of for years, but never had the opportunity to stop in. There are 2 locations, one in Noblesville and one in Broad Ripple.
We stopped in the Noblesville store.
Upon entering, I was really surprised at just how large this place is! From the street, it doesn’t look like it would seat more than 20 or 30 people, but there’s a nice dining room, a nice stage area and a nice bar. The evening we were there, most of the people were seated at the bar, and for good reason….the bartender was serving as the server for the entire place.
I was pleasantly surprised at just how varied the menu was. Steaks, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and much, much more. A several page menu, it took a few minutes to peruse it and make our choices.
Well, actually, it didn’t take me long. When I saw “hand breaded tenderloin” I knew what *I* was going to get.
When I ordered the sandwich, the server ask me “Do you want the beer breading or the regular breading?”. Now….here’s a place that obviously takes their breaded tenderloin serious! I chose the beer batter breading, and I’m glad I did.
The sandwich is nice and thick…thicker than all but a couple of tenderloins I’ve tasted. The meat is moist and tender, with not even the slightest hint of gristle. The flavor is great, and it was done perfectly.
The beer breading is really, really outstanding. It’s a little thinner than some of the breadings I’ve had, but, in this case, it works, and it works well. It’s so crisp and flavorful that you don’t need a lot of it to make the sandwich really “pop”. The sandwich was served dressed exactly as I ordered it, the bun was nicely toasted….this sandwich certainly is a 5 out of 5…really, really outstanding.
I ordered onion rings as my side, and they were very, very good also. I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to get them again.
For her dinner, Holly choose the Lime Glazed Salmon Salad. It was quite tasty as well. She also sampled the Dirty Helen Ale and said it was outstanding.
Barley Island is located at 639 Connner Street in Noblesville, Indiana. It’s an all ages restaurant until the kitchen closes (“around” 10PM) then it becomes 21 and over.
You can find them online at http://www.barleyisland.com