Fountain Square is one of our favorite neighborhoods in Indy. Over the last few years, it’s has undergone an amazing transformation, and is now a bustling area with restaurants, pubs, duckpin bowling, swing dancing, live music, and much more.
It’s always a good place to take friends who are visiting from out of town, which was the case for us Friday night. We choose the Smokehouse on Shelby partly because we’d been there before and enjoyed the food, and party because it’s in the same building as Duckpin Bowling, one of the unique things in Indy that we wanted to introduce to our friends.
Smokehouse on Shelby is a BBQ restaurant, but they have a few other things on the menu. They advertised a hand breaded tenderloin, but, frankly, I was skeptical. I’ve been to a few restaurants where they advertise a hand breaded tenderloin, and end up with a fritter. I asked our waitress about it, and she told me they do all the breading and pounding in house, so I decided to give it a try.
This is a pretty darn good sandwich! It’s decent sized without being overwhelming, and the breading is tasty and crisp. The meat is tasty, but it wasn’t as tender as some tenderloins I’ve had. And, the price is right…you get a sandwich and TWO sides (I chose fries and cole slaw) for 7.99. That’s a bargain! I’m going to give it 3.5 out of 5 bites. It’s above average but falls short of stellar.
For her dinner, Holly chose the pulled pork sandwich, also served with two sides plus fried biscuits and apple butter. For her sides, she chose the steamed vegetable du jour and seasoned & roasted Fuji apples, which are customer favorite. I kid you not; there was enough food for three meals on the plate they brought out to her! We had plenty of leftovers to take back home! And for the price of $10.99, you can’t go wrong with this smokehouse classic. Holly highly recommends the raspberry chipotle barbecue sauce. This one may be a bit too spicy for some, so a close second would be the horseradish barbecue sauce – all of the flavor with not as much heat.
I want to give a shout out to the staff at Smokehouse on Shelby. Holly made reservations because we had a larger group, and from the reservation process to the service before, during, and after the meal, everything was stellar. We’ll certainly return soon!
Smokehouse on Shelby is located right on the fountain in Fountain Square. You can also find them online at http://www.fountainsquareindy.com/smokehouse/.