Mudsocks Grill, Noblesville, Indiana

We were headed towards Noblesville for a rehearsal, and were looking for a place to have a good, yet quick, meal.  We spied Mudsock’s on the road, and decided to stop in there for a sandwich.  Having never been there before, we were not quite sure what to expect, but were willing to give it a try.

Upon entering, we were greeted by a friendly hostess, and immediately seated.  At dinner hour on a mid week night, there were a few customers in there, but not nearly as many as I anticipated.

The décor is pleasant…lots of dark wood, some TVs tuned to sports  (thankfully, with the sound turned down so it was easy to carry on a conversation), and I was surprised by how spacious it was.  This is a much larger restaurant than it appears on the outside.  It’s divided into two separate areas, a family dining area, and a bar/lounge.  It does appear to be all non-smoking.

Our waitress came and brought our menus and took our drink orders, and we were off to a good start.

Upon reading our menus, we both mentioned that it seemed a bit pricey for sandwiches and such.  Still, if the food is outstanding, we don’t mind paying a bit more for it.

The menu is varied and interesting, with a nice selection of salads, sandwiches, and entrees.  When I saw that they ordered a “beer battered, hand breaded tenderloin” I knew that was what I was going to order…even if it was $10.00 with chips.

We ordered our meals, and, as usual, I ordered my sandwich with ketchup, mayo, and onion only…and I always put emphasis on the “only”.  I opted for the onion strings instead of the chips for a slight upcharge.

So we waited for our meals.  And waited.  And then we waited some more.  So much for a quick meal!  Finally our waitress came out and told us our onion strings didn’t “look right” so she told the kitchen to re-make them.  (Holly had ordered the same side).


Finally our meals came, and I was disappointed to find my sandwich dressed with lettuce and tomato.  As is my custom, I cut a corner off the tenderloin and tried it without the bun.  The meat was good…probably a little above average, as was the breading.

The problem was…this is one GREASY sandwich. Not a little greasy…but dripping, leaving a puddle of grease on the plate greasy.  The taste was pretty good…but I just can’t get over how greasy this sandwich was.

And it was the same with the onion strings.  It looked like they hadn’t even been drained after taking them out of the deep fryer.  Grease dripping off of them, leaving a puddle of grease on the plate.  Yes, it was that greasy.


I’m torn on what to rate this sandwich…maybe they were having a bad night and I should cut them a break.  But, this is the sandwich I was served, so this is the sandwich I have to rate.  I’m going to give it a 2/5…below average.  With the service issues, I’ll give the experience a  1/5….pretty poor.

For her meal, Holly ordered a Mudsocks Chicken Portabella Wrap.  The menu says that it is “an herb-marinated grilled Portabella mushroom with roasted red peppers, grilled chicken, spicy garlic pesto sauce, fresh baby spinach, and Mozzarella cheese wrapped in a roasted red tomato tortilla.”  If you’re into this sort of thing, it sounds pretty good, right?  Holly indicated that it was a very disappointing wrap.  According to her…it, too, was greasy.  A greasy wrap!  Disgusting!  The most prominent flavor on the sandwich was the roasted red peppers, which were also overly oily, the spicy garlic pesto was neither spicy nor garlicky, and there was hardly any baby spinach or Mozzarella.  And the marinated Portabella had no flavor whatsoever.  And even though the waitress told us that she sent back the onion strings and had the kitchen make us fresh ones, Holly reports that hers came out barely warm.  Her meal was a major letdown.  No wonder she left the half of the wrap she didn’t eat in the fridge of the band rehearsal’s hostess and didn’t return to get it!


Mudsocks Grill is located at  14741 Hazel Dell Crossing in Noblesville, Indiana.  You can find them online at


The Fort Grille, Fortville, Indiana

The Fort Grille is located on Highway 67, on the East side of Fortville, Indiana.  Over the years, it’s been a number of different restaurants, so I’ve been watching with interest as this newest restaurant went through extensive remodeling in preparation for opening.

The Fort Grille is an interesting place.  It’s nicely decorated with local street signs and other bits of local history, giving it the feel of a small town diner. However, the menu is that of a more upscale restaurant.  Along with burgers and sandwiches, there are a number of Italian dishes, steaks and other items on the ample menu.

I saw they had a breaded tenderloin, and knew that I had to try it.  An interesting aside…they also offer a “breaded chicken tenderloin”.  Being a purist…I chose the pork.

The sandwich is hand pounded and breaded, and the breading was really outstanding.  Nice and crispy, with a very nice flavor.  It’s certainly among the best breading I’ve ever had.

However, the meat is another story.  It was bland and tasteless, and was pounded out far too thin for my taste.  Although the sandwich LOOKED good….it might as well have been a breading sandwich, for that’s all I could taste.

The bun, also, was sub-standard.  Yes, it was nicely toasted.  However, it was stale and hard around the edges. The sandwich was served dressed as I requested with plenty of onion, but, all in all, it was a major disappointment.  I’m going to give it a 2 out of 5…edible, but certainly below average. However, the home made chips I ordered as a side were simply outstanding.

I also ordered a side salad and it was also outstanding.  A nice mix of greens made for a nice start for the meal.

Being a new restaurant, there are expected to be a few glitches in the system, and they all were evident on Saturday night. Holly ordered eggplant parmesan which was on the menu, only to be told by our server that they’ve taken it off the menu.  She ordered chicken marsala, which was very good indeed.

Once we had ordered our meal, a couple was seated next to us, and the waitress started telling them the special of the day, which included a Rib Eye steak special. Our server never said anything to us about the special.  Although I STILL would’ve opted for the tenderloin, it certainly would have been nice to have been made aware of the specials before we ordered.

All said, I DO like this place.  I’ll give them some time to get the glitches worked out of their system and give them another try when I’m through the area.

The Fort Grille is located at 901 E Broadway in Fortville, Indiana.  You can find them online at:

J’s Dairy Inn, Liberty, Indiana

J’s Dairy Inn is an ice cream parlor/restaurant with 2 locations, one in Richmond and one in Liberty Indiana, just a couple of miles from Whitewater State Park.

We were camping at Whitewater when performing for the Metamora Old Time Music Festival, and I’d heard great things about J’s, so we decided to give it a try.

The restaurant is clean and the help is friendly.  We had never had a meal here before, and the menu was just a bit overwhelming…for a small restaurant, there are a LOT of choices.  But, the girl who served us behind the counter was patient while we perused the menu and asked about a couple of the things we didn’t recognize.  One of them was J-Bob’s, which are breaded potato wedges, and Mushroom Chips…which are sliced, breaded, deep fried mushrooms.  More about each of those later.

Of course, I chose the breaded tenderloin, which they advertise as hand breaded.  When they brought it out, I was quite disappointed….it certainly didn’t LOOK hand breaded.  It looked like the run of the mill frozen pork fritter.

Taste wise, it was a tad better than that.  Not much, but a little.  The breading was…well, it was there.  That’s about all I can say about it.  It was crisp, but there just wasn’t much taste to it.  And, I’ll have to say the same about the meat.  It didn’t taste BAD, there just wasn’t that much taste to it.  It was prepared with the condiments I requested, which is a plus in the service department.

As my side, I chose the J-Bob’s, and let me tell you, these things are GOOD!  Lightly breaded, perfectly cooked, I’d get these anytime!

But the tenderloin…well, for me, it didn’t even get up to the average grade.  It sells for $6.95 with a side.  I’m going to give it a 2 out of 5 bites.  It’s edible, and that’s about all I can say about it.

Holly had a pulled pork sandwich and proclaimed it excellent, WELL above average and certaintly worth getting again.  For her side, she chose the Mushroom Chips, and I sampled them also.  These things are little slices of breaded heaven….if you stop in at J’s,  make sure you order these!

J’s Dairy Inn in Liberty is located on State Road 44, one block west of the traffic light.  You can visit them online at