Stookey’s Restaurant, in Thorntown, Indiana, was founded in 1975 by George “Aaron” Stookey. According to their website, his two goals were to offer the best meal possible with the best service possible.
Based on our recent visit, they’re certainly hit the mark…and then some!
We were meeting some friends who live just outside of Thorntown for dinner, and Stookey’s had been recommended to me by several folks, so it was only natural that I take advantage of the opportunity.
Located in downtown Thorntown, Stookey’s is huge, and it was hopping on this Saturday night! Consisting of several large rooms, and some banquet rooms, this is a huge building. It’s nicely decorated and has a nice, homey feel to it. Our friends had a table waiting for us, and as soon as we sat down, our waitress was there with menus and to take our drink order. Although I neglected to get our server’s name, I must say she was a joy. Friendly and personable, it appeared she enjoyed her job and it shown through in the way she made everyone feel welcome. True small town hospitality.
The menu is pretty large, with just steaks, sandwiches, and more. It appears their most popular item might be Catfish, but I saw several folks order steaks, also.
Of course, I wanted to try their tenderloin. The waitress informed me they hand cut, pound, and bread them on site, and I was sold.
I’ll cut right to the chase. This is an OUTSTANDING sandwich. The meat is nice and tender, the breading is well seasoned with complimenting, rather than overwhelming the flavor of the meat. Fried perfectly, it was the perfect combination of textures and flavors. The sandwich was served as I requested. 5 out of 5 bites, no question at all. Stookey’s breaded tenderloin sells for 8.95 with chips, fries will set you back an extra buck. They were very good, but fell short of what I would call stellar.
For her dinner, Holly chose fried clam strips, and vinegar slaw for her side. She enjoyed the clam strips very much, and describes the vinegar slaw as fantastic!
Our friends had ordered a basket of onion rings as an appetizer, and I gotta say those were some of the best onion rings I’ve EVER had. Light, crispy, and flavorful, I highly recommend them. Stookey’s is located at 125 E Main Street in Thorntown, Indiana. You can find them online at www.stookeys.com and they also have a Facebook page.