Hamilton County, Indiana is home to The Tenderloin Trail, a well promoted tour of tenderloins in North Central Indiana.
In conjunction with this, they’re launching Tenderloin Tuesdays, where select restaurants are partnering with the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tenderloins in said county.
I am truly honored to have been asked to review some of the restaurants that are participating in The Tenderloin Trail! One of my responsibilities will include reviewing restaurants…some of which know I’m coming to review them in advance of my arrival. This presents some interesting challenges. Even though I’m asked to do the review, I still have to be fair and impartial, no matter who asks me to do that review.
That said, the next few reviews will be in conjunction with the Tenderloin Trail. I won’t be rating on my normal 1-5 bite scale, instead, I’ll be giving a fair, unbiased review and letting you make your own decision.
Our first stop was Lutz’s Steakhouse, on State Road 32, between 31 and Noblesville. My wife and I have passed Lutz’s countless times, and always commented that we’d like to try it, but our schedule never permitted it. Last Friday, we stopped for a late lunch/early dinner.
I have a pet peeve. I can’t stand restaurants that try to be retro. They always fail in my book. Lutz’s doesn’t TRY to be retro, it IS retro. I meant that as a very high compliment. I liked the decor quite a bit. Yes, some might find it dated…but to me, it was appealing. It took me back to a simpler time, and I immediately felt at home.
We were greeted promptly at the door in a friendly and professional manner, and shown to our table. We arrived kind of at the changeover from lunch to dinner (more about this later), and we were the only customers in the place, so we had our choice of tables.
Our waitress, Sandy, came out promptly, got our drink orders, and we talked about the tenderloin. They cut, pound, and bread it in house, so it’s a true breaded tenderloin. It’s only available on the lunch menu, but I suspect if you wanted it for dinner they’d fix it for you.
Now, there are two distinct schools of thought on breaded tenderloins. Some folks like their tenderloins pounded out very thin, some like a thicker piece of meat. Neither way is “right”, in my opinion, it’s a matter of personal preference.
Lutz’s tenderloin is the pounded out very thin type, as you can see by the photo. The meat is fresh, and the breading is nice and crispy, but, personally, I thought both could have stood to be seasoned a little more. That said, however, it’s obvious that Lutz’s caters to a mostly older clientele, so heavily seasoned food isn’t the preference for many of us older folks. Lutz’s does an outstanding job of catering to their customer base.
The sandwich was served dressed as I ordered it, and I chose fries as the side, and was pleased to see that they serve krinkle cut fries…my favorite!
So, how was it? It’s no secret that my preference is for the thicker tenderloin. That said, if you’re a fan of your tenderloin pounded out thinner, you’ll like this one. It’s the very traditional, thin tenderloin.
For her dinner, Holly chose Lemon Crusted Tilapia. At both lunch and dinner, it comes with salad and choice of potato. Their house dressing is Hot Bacon – which was a no brainer! It is quite good – on the thin side with a very vinegary base. The potato was cooked perfectly. The fish was a little over-cooked (soft), but very flavorful. And the fresh lemon wedges served with it was a very nice touch.
As I indicated before, there was potential issue due to the lunch/dinner changeover. We had a little mix up on our bill due to the transition of one dining hour to another. Our server spoke to the manager, and they fixed it immediately – with a smile. It’s that kind of customer service that keeps folks coming back.
Lutz’s steakhouse is located at 3100 Westfield Road in Noblesville. You can find them online at http://lutzs-steakhouse.com/.
If you’re interested in The Tenderloin Trail and Tenderloin Tuesdays, you can find more information at http://www.visithamiltoncounty.com/tenderloin-trail/.