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Tenderloin Sandwich with a View in Hamilton County, Indiana

Jul 27, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

Love people watching? Like to be lakeside? Pair either one of those with a tasty tenderloin sandwich, and you have a recipe for a fun mealtime. Lucky for you, tasty #TenderloinTuesday deals are available now at participating restaurants too! Grille 39 Tenderloin

People Watching
Nothing hustles and bustles like one of the busiest hotels in Hamilton County. Watch the comings and goings of visitors as you munch on a tenderloin sandwich at Grille 39 located right inside the Renaissance Hotel.
Grille 39 #TenderloinTuesday deal: $1.00 off the Grille 39 tenderloin sandwich.

Lakeside Dining
New to the scene on Morse Reservoir is Lazy Frogg restaurant. With double-decker deck seating overlooking the water, it's like a vacation each time you visit! Their menu touts seafood and American faire, but they also offer the local favorite: a tenderloin sandwich.
Lazy Frogg #TenderloinTuesday deal: Purchase a grilled or breaded tenderloin with a beverage (other than water) and receive a free dessert.

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The food truck craze is here to stay and Mrs. G's Taste of Home is serving up home cooked goodness on the go. Luckily this food mobile will be parked at Saxony Lake and Beach each Tuesday through July so you can take advantage of their Tenderloin Tuesday deal! Just be sure to wait 30 minutes after devouring it before getting back to swimming and splashing around.
Mrs. G's Taste of Home #TenderloinTuesday deal: 1/2 pound tasty tenderloin with fresh cut fries for $8.00.

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Where is YOUR favorite tenderloin sandwich served? Follow and add to the tenderloin talk by using #TenderloinTuesday. Don't miss the FINAL #TenderloinTuesday of the summer on July 28. 

Enter to win Tenderloin Tuesday gift cards from Lazy Frogg or Grand Junction Brewing Co.!

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Your July 23-29 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Jul 22, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

Where else can you hear the theme for Jaws performed by a symphony, try a tenderloin sandwich and see a Shakespearian play? Do it all in Hamilton County, Indiana! Read on for fun upcoming things to do and check our online calendar for even more.

Shakespeare in the Park Noblesville- video
Shakespeare in the Park
July 23 - August 1
Noblesville, Indiana

For the 22nd year in a row, the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission will present a classic Shakespeare play on the lawn of Seminary Park. This year see Twelfth Night and a pre-show special feature of an original one-act play. Admission is free for this fabulous theatrical event. SOTP like a pro Pinterest


Marsh Symphony on the Prairie: The Music of John Williams
July 24-25
Fishers, Indiana

You all know the famous movie themes for Star Wars, Jaws and E.T., now hear them come to life as performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra! This special show is perfect for movie buffs and foodies too. Conner Prairie will be hosting a Prairie Plates barbecue feast during the show July 25. Reservations are required.

2015 Songbook Academy Vocal Competition Finals
July 25
Carmel, Indiana

Join Michael Feinstein to see young artists share their amazing voices during this annual competition. After this final performance, a 2015 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador will be selected as the winner.

Blue Arrow Train
July 25
Fishers, Indiana

Hop aboard the Blue Arrow to be transported from Fishers to Noblesville for an evening of dining and exploring the Noblesville Square. It makes for a great family outing or even a special date night.

Last Tenderloin TuesdayDooley Tenderloin
July 28
Throughout Hamilton County

Tuesday, July 28 is the last chance this year to grab a great deal on a tenderloin sandwich at a participating eatery! It's the perfect time to try this Hoosier specialty sandwich. See the participating restaurants and deals here.

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Favorite Parks in Fishers, Cicero & Noblesville

Jul 21, 2015 by Sarah Buckner

Between the nationally recognized parks in Carmel and the City of Fishers ranking on Kaboom's! Playful city list, Hamilton County, Indiana has great outdoor space. My kids are like many others - they like to be outside, running, swinging, sliding, and playing - so we have visited almost every park in Hamilton County. Here are just a FEW of my family's favorites...


Billericay Park


Billericay Splash Park, Fishers

Nothing is better on a warm summer day than putting on your suit and splashing in water. Billericay has a wonderful water area, filled with buckets and sprinklers, hoses and shaded spots. Spend a morning playing here, then find a seat under the shade for lunch. I love it here because Chris usually wants to play on the playground equipment and Emmy wants to splash - so they can both be happy, but I can still see both of them.

Red Bridge park
Red Bridge Park
, Cicero

This sweet, small town park overlooks the lake, making for unforgettable views and happy kids. Stroll along the docks or stick to the swings. We love this park because not only is it fun, but it is a quick walk over the lake to Alexander's for ice cream.

Potter's Bridge Playground
Potter's Bridge Park
, Noblesville

This small park is tucked away in a quiet spot of Noblesville. Surrounded by trees, and centered around Hamilton County's only public covered bridge, this park offers a pretty back drop for family photos, a festival every fall, and a place for kids to run and play.

Strolling around Roy G. Holland Park
Roy G. Holland Memorial Park
, Fishers

Holland Park has always been a favorite of ours, but we love it even more since the recent remodel. Brand new playground equipment (with the great floor that makes accidental tumbles not so terrifying) sits in the middle of walking trails, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, baseball and softball diamonds, basketball courts, shady trees and picnic shelters.

Sarah B Forest Park
Forest Park
, Noblesville

Forest Park is a park unlike any others. A visitor almost needs a full weekend to experience all that there is to offer. Not only are there walking trails, there is a skateboard park, a fun place to place miniature golf with the family, a nine-hole golf course, a carousel for little ones to ride, an unbelievable pool, and the Indiana Transportation Museum. Forest Park is really an experience all of its own, making it a frequent spot for us to visit.

There are so many amazing parks in Hamilton County, and these were just a few of our favorites. For a full list of the great places to play visit


Hamilton County Tourism Presents: Tenderloin Sandwich 101

Jul 20, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

Hamilton County is home to a trail unlike any other: the Tenderloin Trail, a meandering path that celebrates a uniquely Hoosier specialty sandwich. Kettle Chip tenderloin Woodys

What is it?
When someone refers to a tenderloin anywhere in Indiana, they are usually talking about the breaded pork cutlet served on a bun- but go anywhere else and clarification will be needed. Pork tenderloin is pounded thin and then hand-breaded, fried and served in jaw-dropping proportion to a toasted bun.

What goes on it?
Typical toppings include mayonnaise, ketchup, and onions. Often, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and mustard are added. There's a hot debate about the perfect toppings and which method to use when devouring the sandwich too!

Why is Indiana so famous for tenderloins?
As legend has it, Nick Freienstein added a pork tenderloin sandwich to the menu at Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana in 1908 and started it all. Breaded in cracker crumbs and soaked in buttermilk, his recipe is still popular today. Restaurants all over Indiana have their own varieties of the famous sandwich, including over 45 eateries right here in Hamilton County, Indiana.

Time to give one a try!
Bring a friend: Take a friend with you to enjoy a tenderloin at Sahm's Restaurant & Bar. They're offering a buy one and get a second one at half price deal. 

Sahm's Yelp


Select-a-type: Woodys Library Restaurant is perfect for those who are new to tenderloin tasting. Pick from kettle chip crusted, blackened or grilled or just try them all! 

Beer lover: For you, a great combination has been created. Barley Island Brewing Company offers a beer battered tenderloin and an array of their own award-winning beers. Cheers!

To see all participating #TenderloinTuesday restaurants and deals, visit

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Your July 16-22 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Jul 16, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

From savoring fair food delights to sipping on fine wine, these upcoming Hamilton County events are sure to hit the spot. If sports or shopping are more your style, there will be plenty of softballs and shopping bags to go around. Read on for those getaway ideas and discover even more on the Hamilton County online calendar.

4-h Fair Animals

Hamilton County 4-H Fair
July 16-21
Noblesville, Indiana
Ah, it's finally time for the fair. See everything from 4-H exhibits and animals to a llama costume contest. Don't forget about the food too, fried delicacies like tenderloins, Oreos and even zucchini will be available for your fair food fix. 

Dave Matthews Band at Klipsch Music Center
July 17-18
Noblesville, Indiana

Dave returns once again to Klipsch Music Center stage for two sets. Some tickets are still available, so grab some while you can. 

Mormon Temple Blurb

Indianapolis Mormon Temple Open House
July 17- August 8
Carmel, Indiana

Over 70 thousand people are expected to welcome a new spiritual center in Hamilton County, Indiana. Free tour tickets are available to the public for this multi- week opening celebration. It will be the only chance for the public to see the inside of the new temple before its dedication this August!


Movies in the Park
July 17
Westfield, Indiana

Round up the family, grab a blanket and picnic supplies and enjoy an evening out at the movies under the stars. A kiddo-friendly flick will begin at Asa Bales Park at sunset.
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Shop & Dine Local Passport Event
July 17-19
Carmel, Indiana

It's the perfect time to explore Carmel City Center! Download a shopping and dining passport, visit 4 participating businesses to get stickers and turn in the finished product at Hubbard & Cravens for a chance at prizes. Shops and restaurants will be offering specials all weekend long too.


Art of WineArt of Wine
July 18
Carmel, Indiana

An outdoor evening of music and wine in the Carmel Arts & Design District- it doesn't get much better than that. Guests age 21 and older will be able to sample local and international wines and the music and other festivities are open for all. Get there early for a prime seat to see Judah & The Lion perform.


NSA "B" North World Series
July 20-26
Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield, Indiana

Play ball! Over 200 softball teams are coming to Hamilton County next week. This event pits the best youth softball teams in the nation against one another for the chance to be crowned the champion of this competitive tournament.


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Tasty #TenderloinTuesday Deals in Hamilton County

Jul 13, 2015 by Emma Diebold

With over 45 restaurants in Hamilton County offering the Hoosier specialty tenderloin sandwich, there's reason to celebrate! Tenderloin Tuesdays are a great way to try a tenderloin at a new restaurant, or even try a tenderloin if you've (gasp!) never had one before. The participating eateries below are offering special deals each week through the end of July. Barley Island Tenderloin Pinterest

Barley Island Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Barley Island in Noblesville
$7.50 for house favorite beer-battered tenderloin served on a bun with a side of chips.
Insider tip: Wash your tenderloin down with one of Barley Island's award-winning beers like Dirty Helen Brown Ale.

Brunchies Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Brunchies in Carmel
Buy Brunchies tenderloin for $7.75 and receive a free side of slaw and a drink.

Conner Prairie Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers
Breaded Pork tenderloin either topped with a Cajun mayonnaise sauce or have it on the side, served on a corn dusted Kiser roll with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickle spear. Add cheese for $0.50. Choose between cole slaw or chips and get a medium fountain drink for $7.99. 

Courtney's Kitchen Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Courtney's Kitchen in Noblesville
Buy Cass's hand-pounded, fresh breaded tenderloin ($7.95) or Petite homemade tenderloin ($6.25) receive free upgrade to hand-cut fries plus a free piece of homemade sugar cream pie. For dine in only.
Insider tip: Whether you're ordering the regular or petite, you'll still need an action plan for tackling this tenderloin. Here are some tactics.

Dooley O'Tooles Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Dooley O'Tooles in Carmel
Mini tenderloin with soup or side and chips for $7.50.

Ginger's Cafe Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Ginger's Café in Noblesville
Grilled or breaded tenderloin sandwich, chips, pickle and a side item for $9.95.
Insider tip: Show up early to ensure you'll get a tenderloin special at Ginger's, they've been known to sell out!

Grand Junction Brewing Co. Tenerloin Tuesday Special
Grand Junction Brewing Co. in Westfield
For $7.95, the GJBC Tenderloin is an Indiana classic that is locally-sourced and hand tenderized. Served with your choice of beer-battered pub fries, sweet potato fries, or a small house salad. This offer valid only on Wednesdays.

Grille 39 Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Grille 39 at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel in Carmel
$1.00 off the Grille 39 tenderloin sandwich

The Hamilton Tenderloin Tuesday Special
The Hamilton Restaurant in Noblesville
Grilled pork loin served with lettuce, tomato & mayonnaise on Italian sub bun. Free beverage when you mention Tenderloin Trail Promo.
Insider tip: Save room for a giant slice of The Hamilton's classic hummingbird cake. The Hamilton Pinterest

Lazy Frogg Tenerloin Tuesday Special
Lazy Frogg in Cicero
Purchase a grilled or breaded tenderloin with a beverage (other than water) and receive a free dessert.

Mrs. G's Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Mrs. G's Taste of Home is a mobile food truck that will be at Saxony each Tuesday.
1/2 pound tasty tenderloin with fresh cut fries for $8.00. This food truck will be at Saxony Lake & Beach.
Insider tip: Bring your beach bag and enjoy some rays at Saxony Lake & Beach before or after enjoying your sandwich.

Nickel Plate Bar & Grill Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Nickel Plate Bar & Grill in Fishers
Breaded, grilled or Cajun style tenderloin with your choice of side dish for $7.99.

Sahm's Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Sahm's Restaurant and Bar in Fishers
Buy one tenderloin and get a second one at half price.
Insider tip: Take a slice of coffee cake to go after your meal, you'll thank me later.

Stacked Pickle- Carmel Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Stacked Pickle in Carmel
Bring offer in for 20% off tenderloin sandwich.

Woodys Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Woodys Library Restaurant in Carmel
Choice of kettle chip crusted, blackened or grilled tenderloin served on a Parker House bun with choice of side for $8.45.

Where is YOUR favorite tenderloin sandwich served? Follow and add to the tenderloin talk by using #TenderloinTuesday.  

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Your July 9-15 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Jul 09, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

It's going to be a banjo pickin', muddy, art-filled weekend in Hamilton County, Indiana! There's a bit of something for everyone from bluegrass lovers to those literally wanting to play in the mud. Read on for great getaway ideas and discover even more on the Hamilton County event calendar.

Fishers Arts Crawl
July 10
Fishers, Indiana

Explore the Nickel Plate District before the Amp After Dark concert featuring Jennie DeVoe! Local artists, vendors, musicians and businesses will be throughout the district. Everything from photography to glass blowing will be represented. Download the Nickel Plate District app to view a map for a self-guided tour.

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Sheridan Bluegrass Fever
July 10-11
Sheridan, Indiana

Americana at its finest, this festival brings together fiddles, banjos, guitars and mandolins for a weekend of bluegrass tunes. Several bands will be performing at Veterans Park, which provides perfect shady trees for bluegrass lovers.

Carmel Arts & Design Second Saturday Gallery Walk
July 11
Carmel, Indiana

Explore the Arts & Design District with many fun activities during the monthly gallery walk. Discover hidden gems by partaking in a scavenger hunt, see painting demonstrations and get in on the artsy fun with caricatures and photo ops.

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Mud Day
July 11
Fishers, Indiana

Get ready to get dirty! Top soil and thousands of gallons of water are coming together to create a giant mud pit in Cyntheanne Park for games and fun. The muddiest guy and gal will be crowned King and Queen Mud. Street dance blurb

Noblesville Street Dance
July 11
Noblesville, Indiana

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Noblesville Square this Saturday. Local band The Bishops will perform all evening long as attendees explore the vendors and kids' zone. There will be ample dance floor space too!

Pat McAfee: Uncaged
July 11
Carmel, Indiana

The one and only Pat McAfee, punter for the Indianapolis Colts, will perform a stand up comedy show at The Palladium. If you have ever heard him on local radio shows, you'll already know that he's a pretty funny guy! Your laughs will support good too, a portion of the show's proceeds will benefit The Pat McAfee foundation.

James Taylor at Klipsch Music Center
July 15
Noblesville, Indiana

Grammy award-winning James Taylor will hit the Klipsch Music Center Stage with his all-star band next Wednesday. With hits like "Fire and Rain" and "Carolina on my Mind," this show is a must-see. A few tickets are still available!

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The Four Items You Must Bring to Symphony on the Prairie

Jul 08, 2015 by Robert Annis

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I'm a big fan of Symphony on the Prairie concerts. My wife Dee and I have been going to the concerts for years, so we've become experts on what to bring to keep the good times rolling. Here are a few of our suggestions.

SOTP Picnic

Every good SOTP experience starts with great food. Several restaurants and grocery stores have SOTP take-out specials. If you love grilled shrimp, Petersons has a spectacular deal for you. If you prefer to pick your own items, Marsh - appropriately the title sponsor for SOTP, has everything you need.

Some people bring entire elaborate meals with tablecloths and real silverware to the concerts, but that just makes me feel I'm in a fancy restaurant that I'm about to get kicked out of for violating the dress code. Stick with basic finger foods - cheese, crackers, sliced veggies and hummus. It makes clean up a breeze, and you have less stuff to lug back home.

Wine at Vine & Table


Let the weather and the music determine what wine or beer to bring. If it's a warm night, try a chilled, semi sweet, rosé; I'm partial to HGK's Rosé of Pinot Noir, which has notes of strawberry, guava and stone fruit. For the annual Star Spangled Symphony, I'd go with either Budweiser - it doesn't get more American than that - or, better yet, a craft brew. Triton Brewing's Rail Splitter, brewed in nearby Lawrence, ranks as one of my favorites.

Folding Chair


Folding Chairs
Camp chairs are great for making the outdoors seem like your living room, only with a few more mosquitoes. You can find the collapsible chairs at any department or sporting goods store, but be sure to pick up the ones with at least one beer holder built into the arm rest. If you really want to make your neighbors jealous, Target sells chairs with a built-in foot rest as well.

Be sure to bring a blanket as well, just in case you decide to stretch out, it gets cold or some unprepared friends crash your party.


Rolling Cooler

Getting from the parking lot to a spot in the grass can be a bit of a hike. Add in armfuls of various items, and by the time you get to your spot, you no longer want music, but a nap.

This 40-quart cooler from Coleman not only fits all of our food and drink, we stack all of the remaining stuff on top and secure it with a bungee cord. So much easier. And the cooler also acts as a makeshift table, so you don't need to worry about stepping on your cheese plate when you have to make a mid-show jaunt to the restroom.

See you at the Movie Music of John Williams!

Click here to see the full Symphony on the Prairie schedule.

Shakespeare in the Park in Noblesville

Jul 07, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

This blog was contributed by David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian and Shakespeare in the Park participant.

Shakespeare in the Park Noblesville- rehearsal

22 years can seem like a long time, but having watched Noblesville's Shakespeare in the Park production grow into a city institution, it sometimes seems to me that the years have sped by. As an actor in the show and member of the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission, I've had a front row seat for the activities and excitement.

The NCAC was created by Mayor Mary Sue Rowland in September of 1992 as a city-affiliated, but self-supporting organization dedicated to the encouragement of the arts. Jane Campbell, who was one of the founders of the Hamilton County Theater Guild, was made the first head of the commission and had the title of "Minister of Culture". I was one of the early members. I remember sitting in the meeting in March of 1993 when Jane first proposed doing Shakespeare in the Park. Like several other commission members, I thought it was a great idea, but was doubtful as to whether we could sustain it. However, Jane was a very strong-minded person and insisted that the attempt be made. Jane was correct and this is now the longest continuously-running Shakespeare in the Park event in central Indiana and the second oldest in the state. (Monroe County Civic Theater in Bloomington has the oldest.) The show is now into its second generation of performers, using actors who were not even born when the first production happened.

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This will be third time that we've done the play "Twelfth Night". This year, we will also have an original one-act play examining what Shakespeare might have been thinking about as he wrote the play. It's been great to have been a part of this project from the beginning and to be a part of the 22nd annual production. See you in the park!

Shakespeare in the Park
July 23-25 and July 30-August 1
7:30 p.m.
Seminary Park, Noblesville

Tuesdays on the Tenderloin Trail

Jul 02, 2015 by Robert Annis

Tuesdays on the Tenderloin Trail

CR Hero'sWith the possible exception of roasted corn-on-the-cob, there's no food more Hoosier than the breaded pork tenderloin. Luckily, there's no shortage of places in Hamilton County to find the fried delicacy. 

Hamilton County's Tenderloin Trail lists 46 bars and restaurants in the county serving the sandwich. Keep an eye out for the #TenderloinTuesday specials at many of the locations. Tackle Hamilton County's tastiest trail with the Tenderloin Passport.

Tenderloin aficionados fall into two camps - those that prefer their pork cut thick and those who prefer it thinner and folded over. Among the places to find the former, you can check out CR Heroes. Tucked away in a nondescript strip center near Geist, CR Heroes has a definite "Cheers" vibe -- the wait staff knows most of the patrons walking through the front door. And it's no wonder the same folks keep coming back - the tenderloins are thick cut and juicy, with perhaps the perfect ratio of breading to pork. The breading had a bit of spice to it, as did the accompanying garlic mayo.

The Nickel Plate Bar and Grill, also in Fishers, is renowned for their version of the tenderloin. The center-cut pork may have been a touch thicker than CR Heroes. The sandwich breading is a bit thinner, but with a touch more heat. On Tenderloin Tuesdays, order a breaded, grilled or Cajun style Robert Tenderloin at NP PIntenderloin with your choice of side dish for $7.99.

For the folks who prefer a thinner tenderloin, Muldoon's in Carmel's Arts & Design District, is worth a visit. Joe's Butcher Shop next door supplies the meat for the sandwiches, which are made fresh each day. One bite, and you'll be in hog heaven.

Don't let Dooley O'Tooles may sound Irish, but the tenderloin is 100 percent Indiana. The pork slab is almost too thick to fold over, but it's definitely worth the effort. On Tenderloin Tuesdays, try a mini tenderloin with soup or side and chips for $7.50.

These restaurants will get you through the first four Tenderloin Tuesdays, but you should really sample the 42+ other restaurants on the trail to find your personal favorite and try one of the 14 Tenderloin Tuesday deals available June 30- July 28.

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