The Tenderloins of Madison County


Indiana may not have an official state food, but ask any Hoosier around and you’ll likely hear about the breaded pork tenderloin. These large, deep-fried midwestern delicacies seem to be found on almost every corner, although, what could be a better way to find the best of the best than to follow the Indiana Foodways Alliance “Tenderloin Lovers” Trail?

To the self-proclaimed “tenderloin specialists” and those who have yet to experience this Indiana staple: Check out this list of Madison County’s most recommended tenderloins to try!

1925 Pubhouse – Anderson, IN

1905 Northshore Anderson, IN 46011

Cost: $$

“The tenderloin is probably one of the best I’ve ever eaten, and the fries accompanying it were excellent, as well.” – Yelper Windy J.

Andy’s Diner – Elwood, IN

7925 W State Road 28 Elwood, IN 46036

Cost: $

Anita’s Kitchen – Pendleton, IN

777 East Water Street Pendleton, IN 46064

Cost: $

“Well if you want a great tenderloin sandwich, this is the place to visit.  The size of the meat overlaps the bun by 100%.  It was tender and extremely hot.  The bun was fresh and the red onion, lettuce, and tomato slices were cold and crisp.” – Yelper Scott M.

The Bank – Pendleton, IN

110 W. State Street Pendleton, IN 46064

Cost: $$

Bobber’s Cafe – Anderson, IN

1117 Alexandria Pike Anderson, IN 46012

Cost: $

“The size of this tenderloin was actually 2 times the size of the bun.  The sandwich came out piping hot and one of the most favorable tenderloins I have had in a while.” – Yelper Scott M.

The Lemon Drop – Anderson, IN

1701 Mounds Road Anderson, IN 46016

Cost: $

Voted Best Tenderloin of Madison County 2022

“I got the breaded tenderloin…..SO GOOD. Best place to eat in Anderson.” – Yelper All Seasons R.

Oakley Brothers’ Distillery – Anderson, IN

34 W 8th Street Anderson, IN 46016

Cost: $$

“Stopped in for a quick Friday beer and food. What a pleasant experience. Tenderloin hit the spot….I will be back.” – Yelper Craig T.

The Tin Plate – Elwood, IN

2233 South J Street Elwood, IN 46036

Cost: $$

“The Hoosier Tenderloin is something that you just have to experience – words cannot describe it.  Needless to say, if you’re watching your weight or you’re dieting in any way, this might not be the best place for you to dine.” – Yelper Tom B.

The Toast – Anderson, IN

28 E 13th Street Anderson, IN 46016

Cost: $

Breaded Pork Tenderloin sandwich
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