Who knew that Elwood, Indiana, has a real, honest to goodness, Opera House? I’ll admit that I had NO idea until a couple of years ago, and it’s a truly amazing place.
The owner of the Opera House building opened the Opera House Pub a few months ago, and it’s a welcome addition to downtown Elwood.
The Opera House Pub leans towards the classy side of casual. It’s nicely decorated with historic posters and pictures of the glory days of the Opera House, and lots of dark wood and leather gives it a very nice feel. There’s a TV up above the bar, so one can check out the sports scores, but you’re not bombarded with sound from every corner like so many pubs these days.
There’s an extensive beer list featuring local, regional, and national brews, and the service is top notch. We were there for a show at the Opera House, and lots of folks were dining before the show. Even though it was quite busy, the service was stellar.
The menu has a nice selection of steaks, sandwiches, salads, and more. They offer a hand breaded tenderloin, and, of course, that’s what I chose.
The meat itself was VERY good. Obviously fresh, it had a nice thickness to it, and was done to perfection. The texture of the breading was good…it had a nice, satisfying crunch to it, but….it was a bit bland. I appreciate the effort they’ve put into this sandwich, and with some seasoning it could be great. As it stands, I’ll give it a 3…just average.
For her dinner, Holly had a Porterhouse and baked potato, with enough food left over for two more meals! The steak was prepared as she requested and she said she wouldn’t hesitate to get it again.
All in all, this was a very positive experience. We’ll certainly return to the Opera House! The Opera House Pub is located at 200 S Anderson Street in Elwood, Indiana. I was unable to find a web site for them, but they do have a Facebook page.