Recently, we knew we were going to be in Speedway and asked for recommendations on a good tenderloin in town, and were referred to the 1911 Grill.
Honestly, I’m not sure if I’d even heard of this place before, but it came highly recommended so we decided to give it a try.
Located in the recently redeveloped downtown area of Speedway, the 1911 Grill is part of a VERY large complex that includes indoor go carting, banquet rooms and more.
The description on their website says “having an atmosphere much like a warm and welcoming Irish Pub”, and I’d say that’s certainly accurate. It IS warm and welcoming and we felt comfortable from the moment we stepped in the place.
Our server, Chrystal, was knowledgeable about the menu, and she had a great sense of humor! She struck a great balance of being friendly yet professional. We perused the menu, and it’s a nice mix of what I would call upscale bar food.
I chose the breaded tenderloin, of course, locally sourced meat and hand made on the premises. One thing that struck me right off the bat…the sandwich was $10.00 and that included a choice of multiple sides. Onion Rings are typically my side of choice, and there was no upcharge for that, as there usually is.
The sandwich itself was quite good! The meat was nice and moist. The breading had a very nice texture, although, for my personal taste, could have used a bit more seasoning. I’ll readily admit that I like a bit more seasoning than a lot of folks might, so that’s a matter of personal taste. The sandwich was served dressed as I requested, and the bun was nicely toasted. It struck that balance of being a nice, hearty sandwich but not one so large it left me feeling bloated after. While I wouldn’t call it the best in town, it’s well above average and I’d not hesitate to order it again. The onion rings were also very good!
For her dinner, Holly decided to take advantage of their Taco Tuesday special – which included three tacos (chicken or beef…hard or soft shell – customer’s choice) with a side of chips, sour cream and salsa for $7.99. Her original intent was to eat a taco, have a few chips and salsa, and save the rest for later. What she didn’t know until the order arrived is that they are miniature tacos – not full sized ones. This would have been nice to know before placing her order, but certainly not a deal breaker. The other thing was that the amount of salsa they served compared to the amount of chips. The serving of salsa was about 2 tablespoons of salsa to probably 2 ½ servings of chips. For a lover of salsa like Holly is, this was a disappointment.
The 1911 Grill is located at 1067 Main Street in Speedway, Indiana. You can find them online at http://www.sikarting.com/restaurant