We were headed out to Ten West Center for the Arts for a rehearsal, and I was looking for a tenderloin that I’d not tried on the east side. Someone recommended the Fort Ben Pub, located at 56th and Post.
In its former life, the Fort Ben pub had been a Taylor’s Pub, and Holly and I actually had hosted Karaoke there on Saturday nights. It’s been Fort Ben Pub for 5 years now, so it’s been longer than that since we were there, and I honestly don’t remember trying the tenderloin when we were there before.
Fort Ben Pub is tucked in behind a CVS, and isn’t very visible from either 56th Street or Post road. It’s obvious they have a lot of long time regulars, because it’s not a place on just stumbles upon.
It’s a smaller pub and it strikes me as sparking clean…everything is neat and in order. There’s a nice dining room/bar in the front, and a game room in the back with a couple of pool tables, a dart board, and such.
The menu is a pretty standard pub menu….burgers, sandwiches, wings, and the like. Of course, I already knew I wanted to try the tenderloin.
According to our waitress, they’re done in house, and when I cut a corner off of it to sample it, I was amazed at how tender the meat was. It cut VERY easily with even a butter knife.
The taste was just as amazing as the texture….this sandwich is perfectly seasoned, and for me, it’s the right size. It’s not so huge that one struggles to finish it, but it’s big enough to be a really hearty meal. It’s served on a bun that was lightly toasted and the condiments were supplied just as I requested. From taste to texture and everything in between, this stacks up against any tenderloin in town. I give it 5 out of 5 stars….just stellar.
It sells for 7.99 and that includes homemade chips. The chips were fine…not outstanding, but good. You can substitute another side for a slight upcharge.
For her dinner, Holly chose the wings. For $8.99, you get ten wings, a couple of celery and carrot sticks, (literally…two carrot sticks and two celery sticks) and ranch or homemade bleu cheese dressing. The wings come either naked, or tossed in your choice of sauce. There’s not a lot of breading on these wings – Holly’s preferred style. She chose the sweet and spicy sauce – but actually reports this particular sauce to be pretty middle of the road – not particularly sweet or spicy.
Fort Ben Pub is located at 56th and Post. You can find them online at www.fortbenpub.com and they also have a Facebook page.