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.

Perhaps you, too, have decided it’s time to induct your kids into the tenderloin club, or you want to embark on a quest with your family to find the best tenderloins of central Indiana.  Well you’re in luck because Tenderloin Tuesdays are back in Hamilton County this summer and that means deals and discounts at participating restaurants from June 27- July 25. There’s plenty to choose, from thick and juicy to thin and crispy, you’ll be sure to find your favorite!

Kid eating tenderloin

For family-friendly options, check out one of these:

CR Heroes Family Pub in Fishers, Indiana
A fun family restaurant just off 96th Street with a great kids’ menu and lots of choices for everyone. Their tenderloin was moist and full of flavor and they were happy to split it for us when we asked. With a small arcade in the back to keep little one entertained and a crazy specialty drink menu just for kids, this is a solid choice for a first tenderloin experience.

Pinheads in Fishers, Indiana
Plan a day of family fun at this local bowling alley and grab their Tenderloin Tuesday $10 special while knocking down some pins. Their tenderloin sandwich can also be ordered char-broiled for a lighter option. Make sure to stop by the arcade or volleyball courts for even more fun.

Rosie’s Place in Noblesville, Indiana
Right on the square in downtown Noblesville, Rosie’s Place is known for their delicious breakfasts and bakery items, but you can also introduce your kids to a tenderloin they won’t forget. A fun and family-friendly restaurant, Rosie’s has something for everyone on Tenderloin Tuesdays, including 20 percent off each tenderloin.

The Stacked Pickle (various locations)
With four participating locations in Westfield, Fishers and Carmel, you’re sure to find a location close to you to take advantage of their Tenderloin Tuesday special of $2 off. Make sure to grab a side of fried pickles to compliment your tenderloin.

So, get those taste buds ready and prepare to help your kids discover their rich Hoosier roots as you dine out during Tenderloin Tuesdays in Hamilton County (make sure to check out the full list). Your kids will always remember their first bite and you’ll be happily passing along an Indiana tradition!

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