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Nickel Plate Bar & Grill and their Breaded Tenderloin (#Super46)

The Nickel Plate Bar and Grill, located just north of Indianapolis in the suburb of Fishers, is a pretty typical bar & grill type of restaurant. They serve standard pub food like burgers, chicken wings, fries, along with a Reuben, bison burger and fish & chips.

While most food at the Nickel Plate is very good, the real star of the show is the Breaded Tenderloin Sandwich. In case you’re not familiar with a breaded tenderloin sandwich, it’s a midwestern sandwich and has particular Hoosier roots. While there are some variations on the sandwich, they all start with a pork tenderloin (sometimes smashed paper-thin and 2-3 times the size of the bun), breaded and fried and placed on a bun. Top it with whatever you’d like, but most people stick with standard burger toppings like mayo, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, or pickles.

What makes this tenderloin so unique is that it’s not smashed to 2-3 times the size of the bun. While it’s definitely bigger than the kaiser roll it’s served on, it’s a much more manageable size than some tenderloin sandwiches. The Nickel Plate breads their tenderloins in such a way that you get some amazing crunch when you first bite into the sandwich, but the inside of the tenderloin is still amazingly thick and juicy. You might even find that you don’t need any sauce on the sandwich as it’s nice and moist all on it’s on.

Check out the video below (or click here if you’re reading this on a mobile device or in a feed reader) to see a short video of the Nickel Plate Bar & Grill, the Breaded Tenderloin Sandwich and watch myself and a couple colleagues try out one of Indiana’s best breaded tenderloins.

TIP: If the Steelers make it to the Super Bowl this year and you’re a Steelers fan in town for the big game, be sure to drop by the Nickel Plate, as that’s where all the Steelers fans in Indy head on game-days. Head there and you’ll be surrounded by friends. However, if the Ravens make it to the Super Bowl, you might want to stay away ;).

Nickel Plate Bar & Grill - Menu
8654 East 116th St.
Fishers, Indiana 46038
Phone: 317.841.2888

Have you tried out the Breaded Tenderloin Sandwich at the Nickel Plate Bar & Grill? Is it one of your favorites? If so, vote for it in our Super 46 Sandwiches Playoffs. You can find out more about the Breaded Tenderloin Sandwich or the other 45 sandwiches at

Indiana's Super 46 SandwichesFind out more information about Super 46 Sandwiches, including pictures of each sandwich and details about each of the restaurants at Super 46 Sandwiches is brought to you by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and the Publishers of Indianapolis Monthly Magazine.

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