Nashville, Indiana, bills itself as an artist colony, and that’s pretty darn accurate. The town is filled with unique and interesting shops with artists such as glassblowers, painters, luthiers, and more. It’s a fun place to spend a day, and its proximity to Brown County State Park add to the reasons to get down there, especially for folks who enjoy hiking, camping, and mountain biking.
In addition to the artists’ shops, there are a number of souvenir type shops, as well as a number of eateries in town, as well as a winery or two and a microbrewery. It does seem there’s something for everyone one.
We were in town for an Optimist Club conference, and to do a concert that night, and we chose the Artists Colony Inn & Restaurant for our dinner before the show, with our dear friends Dean and Debbie Phelps and Cheri Herron.
The Artists Colony Inn & Restaurant is a restaurant, inn for overnight stays, and apparently a conference/meeting space, which I was unaware of. It’s got a very large dining room, that’s got a nice, homey feel to it. Lots of wood work, and with a lot of windows looking out over the streets of Nashville, it’s a comfortable place to have a good meal.
The menu is pretty varied…sandwiches, a steak or two, salads, and more. I’m not sure I’d call it an upscale menu, but it’s certainly not fast food, either.
Of course, when I saw they had a hand breaded, Indiana tenderloin, breaded on site, I knew that was what I wanted.
The sandwich is served on a Kaiser roll, which makes for a great texture in the sandwich. The breading is crisp and flavorful, although I thought it could have stood a little more seasoning. The meat itself was tender and moist and had a great flavor. With a little more seasoning, I’d certainly give it a 5/5 bites, but as it stands, I’ll give it a 4/5. A very good sandwich, and I’d certainly not hesitate to order it again. For my side, I chose fries, which were good, but fell short of outstanding.
For her dinner, Holly chose the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combo…and she is glad she did! The tomato soup is home-style, with bits of tomato – and a wonderful tangy flavor. The grilled cheese sandwich was made with grilled bread and American cheese slices – just like Mom used to make.
The Artists Colony Inn & Restaurant is located at 105 South Van Buren Street in Nashville, Indiana. You can find them online at www.artistscolonyinn.com