Ben's Official Tenderloin Tour kicked off Saturday afternoon with a stop at Indianapolis' drive-in treasure, Mug n Bun. If you've never been to Mug n Bun, then you should immediately head toward Speedway and make your way to 5311 West 10th Street, just west of the Allison plant. Seriously, if the Road-Food Sterns took the time to talk about this place on the Splendid Table, then you can take the time to sample the delicious root beer and wide variety of fried foods that they offer.
Ben and I came on a mission, stop one of the Tenderloin Tour. His review is below. But we also got a catfish sandwich (for me - a not-too-large serving and well-cooked), onion rings (always amazing), and sweet potato fries (served with cinnamon-sugar sprinkled on top which was a lovely surprise). Of course, since it was ridiculously hot, we also ordered root beer floats with the special home-made Mug n Bun root beer. That float can not and will not be beat.
We were lucky to have the owner's daughter, Megan, as our server. That's her smiling face in the lower corner of the mosaic above. If she's the heir to that throne, she is utterly deserving.
Ben's Tenderloin Tour Official Report
Because a tenderloin must have lettuce, tomato, and mayo, Ben went ahead and added them to the order for a nominal up-charge.
Breading (1-5): 5 - Tastes good, excellent crispiness
Pork (1-5): 4 - A little thin, not crazy-juicy
Bun (1-5): 5 - The full-size, sesame-seed bun is the best bun for a breaded tenderloin ever.
Overall (1-5): 5 - It's the gold standard for this Hoosier culinary treasure. Couple the sandwich with their root beer and onion rings, and all is right in Ben's world.
This is what we left behind: