If there are three things Hoosiers love, it’s basketball, beer and the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. The latter is a hot topic this time of year, as Hamilton County’s annual Tenderloin Tuesdays™ promotion puts local restaurants in the lunch plans of those craving the sandwich.

The tenderloin is a topic of heated debate, however, in two categories: where is the best place to order and what is the best way to tackle the enormous sandwich?

If you have yet to declare a favorite restaurant, we have some suggestions. While all of the restaurants on the Tenderloin Trail™ are fabulous, one Hamilton County restaurant made USA TODAY's list of 10 Best Breaded Pork Tenderloins in Indiana: C.R. Heroes Family Pub in Fishers. Dooley O’Tooles in Carmel and Courtney’s Kitchen in Noblesville are top sellers during Tenderloin Tuesdays™ every year.

In terms of how to tackle a tenderloin, we conducted some informal research a few years ago, tweeting the open-ended question, how do YOU eat your tenderloin?


The categories that emerged included:

The Edgers // those who prefer to eat the part of the tenderloin that hangs off the side of the bun first
The Double Stackers // those who cut or fold the tenderloin in half on the bun in order to get double the meat in each bite
The Go-getters // those who just go for it, no premeditation needed!

In the spirit of democracy, we tallied the votes of the people who shared.

Tenderloin How Do You Eat It Infographic

Let your voice be heard. Where is your favorite place to order a tenderloin? Are there any methods not represented? Tag @VisitHamiltonCo on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram along with #TenderloinTuesday and give us your feedback!