Artists Colony Inn and Restaurant, Nashville, Indiana

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.

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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.

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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

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Dimitri’s Restaurant, Columbus, Indiana

This past weekend found us pickin’ a few tunes, camping and Geocaching in Bardstown, KY.  Hunger struck as we were on the way home, and we stopped in Columbus, Indiana, at Dimitri’s Restaurant.

I hadn’t intended to do a review, but when we got into the restaurant and I saw a hand breaded tenderloin on the menu, I knew I had to do one.

Dimitri’s is a family owned restaurant, and has been owned by the current owner for 12 years.  Prior to this, it was The Riviera Club.  Dimitri’s has a complete selection of sandwiches, plate lunches, steaks, and even a Greek dish or two on their menu.  They’re a non smoking and all ages restaurant, and they do have beer and wine on their menu if you want it.  On the inside, it kind of reminds me of a Denny’s.  Nice and clean, and the service was as friendly and prompt as I’ve ever had.

Their menu lists a tenderloin sandwich, grilled or hand breaded, and, of course, I chose the hand breaded.

This is a nice, juicy, tasty piece of meat, certainly a prime cut of loin.  The breading thickness really surprised me…Holly commented that it looked like it had been just barely dredged.  While it might not have been the most attractive breaded tenderloin that I’ve seen, it certainly was one of the tastiest.  The breading was superb, and the meat was top notch.  Nice and moist, it was among the tastiest I’ve had.

The sandwich was served on a bun that wasn’t quite toasted enough for my liking.  However the bun WAS nice and fresh.  The condiments were brought exactly as I ordered, and the sandwich was served nice and hot.

The sandwich sells for $8.05, and the includes your choice of cole slaw or potato salad.  An order of fries…which were EXCELLENT, by the way, will set you back another $1.00.

Even though this might not be a “traditional” hoosier tenderloin, it’s still well above average and worth a visit.  Had the bun been nicely toasted, and fries instead of cole slaw or potato salad been included with the sandwich, it would have been approaching a rating of 4.5.  Those two items bring my rating of this sandwich down to a 4.0…still well above average and certainly well worth a visit if you’re in the Columbus area.

Dimitri’s is located at 2315 W Jonathan Moore Pike in Columbus, Indiana.

The Holy Cow Restaurant, Nashville, Indiana

The Holy Cow Steakhouse and Grill is located just off of the main drag in Nashville, Indiana.  It’s a locally owned restaurant, and is regionally famous for their great steaks and specials.

Nashville is a very busy tourist town, and Holy Cow is one of those restaurants that visitors return to time after time.  They’ve certainly earned the repeat business and loyalty of many folks in the area.

The restaurant itself reminds me of an old barn…with exposed timbers in the ceiling, and hardwood floor, and the condiments on the table are held in grain scoops…which I think is a nice touch.

The Holy Cow Steakhouse and Grill is an all ages, smoke free restaurant, with family dining, and a small bar near the back of the restaurant.

Although it’s a steakhouse, they do have a few other dishes on their menu, including a tenderloin sandwich, which they offer either breaded or grilled, and, of course, I chose the breaded.

After hearing folks absolutely RAVE about their steaks, I was really looking forward to trying their breaded tenderloin.  I had very high hopes.

So, how was it?

The breading was very good indeed.  Light, crisp, and flaky,  not quite the best breading I’ve EVER had, but certainly above average.  The meat was coated evenly with the breading, not too thick nor too thin, and it stayed crisp, not getting soggy throughout the life of the sandwich.

I wish I kind things to say about the meat itself, but I really don’t.  This was the case of an above par sandwich done in by a sub par piece of meat.  The first bite included a significant piece of gristle, and while I found no gristle in the rest of the meat was pretty well bland and tasteless.  Not objectionable,  just bland.

Add to that, the fact that the sandwich wasn’t dressed like I ordered it, it was a disappointment.

In all fairness to Holy Cow, their steaks are awesome.  Everyone I’ve talked to raves about their Ribeye especially, and their sirloin gets high marks, also.  If you’re looking for a good steak in Nashville, I’d say this is the place to go.  If you’re looking for a good tenderloin sandwich, not so much.

The Holy Cow breaded tenderloin sandwich is priced at $8.95, and that includes an order of steak fries, which were quite tasty.

Overall, I’m going to give the Holy Cow breaded tenderloin a 2.5 out of 5 bites, it’s an average tenderloin sandwich.  It’s better than a pork fritter that many restaurants sell as a tenderloin sandwich, but not by much.  If you’re going to Holy Cow, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a steak. 🙂

The Holy Cow is located at 101 E Washington in Nashville, Indiana.

The Ordinary, Nashville, Indiana

I get to travel quite a bit playing music, and this year has found us in Nashville, Indiana several times for gigs.

I love traveling almost as much as I love playing music.  I very seldom eat at a chain restaurant while traveling  (or while at home, for that matter), instead, I prefer to sample those little, out of the way, mom and pop places.

This was not my first trip to the ordinary, I’ve been here 3 or 4 times before, and I’ve had a burger here before, and one time I got a steak dinner, which, as I recall, was exceptional.

The Ordinary looks like an old barn on the inside…large beams and rafters, and it’s all done in very dark wood.  There are paintings and photographs from local artists on the walls.  The main dining room is a non smoking, all ages dining area, however, if you prefer, you can enter through a separate door in the alley into the “speakeasy”, which is 21 and over only and is smoking friendly.  We chose to eat in the dining room, as we had our 5 year old nephew with us.

Since I had dined here before and been quite satisfied, I had high hopes for this sandwich.  I asked the waiter (who, by the way, was an OUTSTANDING server) about the tenderloin, and he said  “We’ve never had any complaints”.  One of my dining partners asked if they had a grilled tenderloin as well as a breaded, and he advised us that no, they don’t.  That made me wonder if they hand bread their tenderloins, but I didn’t ask, I simply ordered one.

I was sorely disappointed.  What I got was a flat, thin, pork fritter.  The flavor of the meat was OK, however, I did encounter 2 significant pieces of gristle in the sandwich, which made my opinion of it even less.

The sandwich was served on a barely toasted bun, with the usual condiments.  The sandwich goes for $9.50(!) with chips, if you want to upgrade to fries, it’s $1.00 more.    $10.50 for a frozen pork fritter and fries.  Ummm, thanks, but no thanks.

On  the up side…if you’re wanting a burger, there’s a great one here.  Holly had a Tilapia  filet sandwich and called it “outstanding”, and even though I’m not much of a fish eater, it certainly looked and smelled great.

But if you want a good, breaded tenderloin sandwich…this is NOT the place to go.  On my scale of 1-5 bites, I’m going to give the Ordinary a 1.5.  The $10.50 price tag for a sandwich and fries drops it to a 1.  Really, really a major disappointment.
The Ordinary is located at 61 S Van Buren Street, Nashville, Indiana.

Hob Nob Corner Restaurant, Nashville, Indiana

The Hob Nob is located in charming, turn of the century building in downtown Nashville, Indiana, located near Brown County State Park.

One of the things I’ve always appreciated about Nashville is the fact that there are no chain restaurants here, at least in town proper.  There IS a Subway on the outskirts of town, and Long John Silvers had a brief run here in the 80s, but they didn’t last long.  It’s nice to be in a town and have an abundance of food choices without being bombarded by signs for Big Macs and Whoppers.

For those of you who know me well, you already know that I seldom eat at a chain restaurant.  Occasionally, I’ll eat at one, but it’s somewhat out of the norm for me.

The Hob Nob is located in an old drug store, and the soda fountain/counter is still intact.  At first glance, you’d think it’d be a restaurant that serves typical soda fountain food, but this restaurant sets it’s sights a bit higher.

The menu includes such staples as hamburgers, chili, fried chicken, and some more uncommon dishes, such as Mulligatawney soup, which was one of the specials on the day we visited.

Of course, when I saw they had a Breaded Tenderloin on their menu, I knew I had to try one, and had to write a review.

The breading on this sandwich was quite light and crispy…so light, in fact, I would almost call it paper thin.  That’s a change of pace from many breaded tenderloins, which are more breading than meat.

The breading had a taste that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but I WILL say it was exceptional.  It tasted just a little different than many of these I’ve had, but I liked it just as well.

The meat itself was pounded, but not paper thin…it was a hearty sandwich that was filling without being bloating…and that’s a fine line, sometimes.

Instead of being served on a traditional bun, the sandwich is served on a homemade yeast roll, and the combination of the homemade roll and the original breading made it a most memorable sandwich indeed.  The roll was perfectly toasted, and the dressings, served on the side, were plentiful.

The sandwich comes with your choice of sides, I chose the steak fries…and I’m glad I did.  They may have been the best steak fries I’ve ever had.
The service was prompt and friendly.  The waitress told me right off that their tenderloin wasn’t quite traditional, and, when I hesitated on ordering, she said  “If you order it, and don’t like it, we’ll replace your meal with something else”.  That sold me right there…they obviously believe in their product, as well they should.

I’ve struggled with how to rate this sandwich…for it was a truly memorable meal.

But, as good as it was, it’s not what we think of as a traditional tenderloin.  So, I’m going to give it 4.5 bites…taking half a bite off because it’s not quite what we think of as a traditional tenderloin.

That said, it’s a wonderful sandwich, FAR above average and I’d certainly recommend a stop at Hob Nob Corner when you’re in Nashville!  The restaurant is located on the Southwest Corner of the only stop light in downtown Nashville, Indiana.

An added note….if you’d like to do a guest review…leave a comment with your email address and I’d love to have you do one!