Whiskey Business is a sports bar on the East side of Indianapolis, in the community of Oaklandon. We’ve driven by this place a number of times, on our way to shows at Ten West Center for the Arts in Fortville, but had never stopped in. A friend said he had had a particularly good tenderloin here, so we decided to give it a try this Wednesday evening.
Whiskey Business certainly IS a sports bar! There seem to be televisions EVERYWHERE! For a person with ADD (like me) it’s either heaven or a nightmare. 🙂 There’s a LOT to see.
They have a number of local beers available, and in a nice twist, many of their beer battered items are made with Sun King beer, made right here in Indianapolis. I love a place that strives to use local products, that’s a big point in their favor.
They have quite an extensive appetizer and entrée menu, and there are some surprises, too. The term gastropub is overused today, and I’m thankful that they don’t’ use it in their advertising (that I’ve seen), but they certainly fit that description.
Of course, I wanted the hand breaded tenderloin. I’m never quite sure what to expect when a tenderloin is advertised as hand breaded, as I’ve got a few that certainly were a perfectly round, processed fritter, but this was not the case with this one. The breading was crisp and absolutely perfectly seasoned. The meat was moist, tender, and flavorful. Add to that a perfectly toasted, buttered bun, and condiments just as I requested, this was one of the best tenderloins I’ve had in quite some time. As a matter of fact, I’m going to say it’s one of the best in Indy. It’s a 5 out of 5 bites, no doubt in my mind.
For my side, I ordered fries for an upcharge, and was given the choice of hand cut fries or waffle fries. I chose the hand cut fries, and they didn’t not disappoint. Outstanding.
There were some service issues with our meal. There was an extensive wait for our food. Some folks ordered the same time we did, and had received their meals and finished them before we got ours. In addition, for her dinner, Holly ordered grilled fish tacos, and got breaded fish tacos instead. We were on a pretty tight schedule that night, so we didn’t really have time for her to return the meal for a redo, so she ate what she was given…and she reports them to be fantastic! They are made with grouper, and served in flour tortillas with lettuce, tomato, and sour cream. In addition, you get spicy refried beans, seasoned rice, and an avocado salad. A whole lot of food for the $9.95 that you pay – and easily enough to make two, or even three meals out of it!
The mark of a good restaurant is when they realize they made a mistake and correct it. Our waitress (whose name I neglected to get) without us even asking told us she was so sorry for the delay in getting our meals, and made sure to set it right with us. I’d say she went WAY above and beyond in customer service. THAT, my friends, is the mark of a business that cares about their customers and wants them to come back. That act earned our repeat business.
Whiskey Business is located at 11915 Pendleton Pike in Indianapolis. You can find them online at: http://www.whiskeybiz.com/ and they also have a Facebook page.