Although most locals just call it “Syd’s”, the true name is “Syd’s Fine Food and Spirits”.
Sitting on the courthouse square in Noblesville, Indiana, Syd’s is part bar, part restaurant, and full of history. The front is a typical small town/neighborhood bar, complete with shuffleboard, lots of neon, and televisions turned to sports, and the back room is a family dining area.
I’d been to Syd’s (and reviewed it) a number of years ago, but I’d heard the ownership is different now, so we decided to give them a try on one of the rare occasions we actually go out for lunch.
The menu is pretty typical pub fare…burgers, pizza, a steak or two, nachos, and a surprise or two thrown in. They also have a “light” menu section, which seems to be half sandwich and soup or salad combinations.
Of course, I was there to try their hand breaded tenderloin. As you can tell, this tenderloin is pounded out quite large, which means very thin. Those of you who are regular readers know that this isn’t my preference of tenderloin. I prefer a thicker, less pounded out piece of meat.
In addition to being pounded out very thin, I could hardly detect any seasoning at all. The meat (and seasoning) wasn’t BAD, mind you, it was just bland. The texture was fine (or, as fine as could be with it so thin), but the taste just wasn’t there.
There were hits and misses with this sandwich. Hits: Hand breaded, fresh, toasted bun, dressed as requested. Misses: Bland and far too thin. Overall, I’m going to give it a 3. Again, it’s not had….it just doesn’t rise above average in score…especially at 9 bucks and a little change for the sandwich and a side.
For her lunch, Holly had one of the light options – a half turkey sandwich and side salad. She said the turkey was moist and tender, as well as smoked, which was a nice surprise. The side salad was very basic. They have several light dressing options.
Syd’s is located on the Courthouse Square in Noblesville, Indiana. You can find them online at www.sydsfinefood.com