Ben's Official Tenderloin Tour continues with Mr. Dan's.
If you'd like to, check out Stop 1: Mug n Bun or Stop 2: Boogie Burger
Mr. Dan's was recommended to us a while ago by a very good friend who we miss very much. This was definitely a special stop on the tour. The dogs and burgers have all been hyped, and they all looked good. The skinny fries, which we did order, had a light dusting of a spice blend on them - more dusting would have been good, but these are skinny fries done right. And the fruit punch was a fun little nutrition-less drink to wash down the grease.
We have to give this place lots of love for their simple but charming old-school color scheme and packaging. The only negative aspect - no fish sandwich, and certainly no veggie burger, so no way for the meat-shy to fully embrace this special little Indianapolis spot. But on to the ratings...
Ben's Tenderloin Tour Official Report
Like Mug n Bun, tomato and lettuce are an up-charge here. But also like Mug n Bun, the price is more than reasonable for these cooked-to-order goods. The retro logo wrapper definitely added to the overall experience.
Breading (1-5): 3 - Again, these are not fresh-prepared, but the breading was well-cooked and produced a crisp but not overdone coating.
Pork (1-5): 4 - Juicy, thick, good.
Bun (1-5): 3 - Not bad, but not extraordinary.
Overall (1-5): 3 - This is a budget place, so their super-inexpensive loin (under $4 even after adding a little extra for lettuce and tomato) is a good deal for a good, though not mind-blowing, tenderloin.
Heads up(s): This place only takes cash. They're open 24 hours a day, except Sundays, when they shut down beginning at 5 am. Also, like the beloved Red Key, they don't take kindly to cussing.