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.

Artist Colony

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


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.