It’s a rite of passage for every kid from Indiana - that first taste of our state’s culinary history, the edges of deep fried crunchiness dangling past the bun. No self-respecting Hoosier parent would deny their children the chance to partake in this celebration of Midwest flavor. That’s why I recently set out to introduce my son to the venerable pork tenderloin sandwich.

A Tale of Two Tenderloins

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Andrea Davis

As a native Hoosier, I’ve eaten hundreds of breaded tenderloin sandwiches. I don’t really need a reason to indulge in crispy pork goodness, but I’m a creature of habit, so I welcome Tenderloin Tuesdays every summer as a reminder to try something new.

This year, I followed the Tenderloin Trail to Carmel, where husband-and-wife team Kevin “Woody” and Chef Richelle Rider own two distinctively different eateries, each with its own take on the unofficial state sandwich.

If you call yourself a Hoosier, you've likely had your fair share of tenderloins. Here in Hamilton County, Indiana we have a wide selection of restaurants that serve the uniquely Hoosier sandwich. There are 25 restaurants participating in this year's annual #TenderloinTuesday celebration with old classics and new favorites in the lineup. We’re taking a detailed look at Dooley O'Tooles and Caplinger's Fresh Catch.

Hamilton County, Indiana plays host to several awesome music venues but nothing beats the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at Conner Prairie, host of the Kroger Symphony on the Prairie series. The summer weekends are packed with an awesome lineup of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and guest performances. This year marks the 35th anniversary of this delightful gathering of music, friends and food.

BOOM! Ooooh! Aaaahhhh! When I think "America" I think parades with tractors, corn on the cob dipped in butter, browsing handmade goods at festivals and lots of beautiful fireworks. Thankfully, Hamilton County has you covered on July 4th festivities no matter what type of celebration you want to have.