After getting into a discussion online with some folks about tenderloins, I really wanted to try Muldoon’s version. I convinced hubby to go with me (even though he was suffering from a temporary health kick). We drove up to Carmel, dodged the weirdo statues outside on Main Street, and made our way in. The place is a pub, a clean, non-smoky pub, but not fancy or anything. There weren’t a lot of people in there just before noon, but several people came in while we were there.
So we got the tenderloin sandwich ($7.95) and the fish sandwich ($7.95) and it turned out to be the perfect combination. I really wanted to get the fish and chips over the fish sandwich, but the sandwich was like $3 cheaper, and as it turned out, had the exact same bun as the tenderloin. So we cut the tenderloin meat in half (it was huge) and both had plenty for each bun. We ate the fish on its own without a bun (a la fish and chips). Voila! A tenderloin sandwich for each of us AND a nice piece of fish for each of us.
The tenderloin was great. Just the right way to do a tenderloin—not too thin, hand breaded and homemade. It was very tender. We both just added a bit of red onion and mayo and were set. The bun was perfectly toasted with butter also—not the least bit overdone, just perfectly toasted. Seriously, this is up there as one of my favorite tenderloins to date. I don’t know what else to say, other than it was very, very good.
The fish was also really good. Honestly, I really enjoyed having a bit of each and I think we would be hard pressed to get anything different on a follow up visit, which I would guess will happen soon based on how much hubby has talked about this sandwich since (it may be somewhat challenging to get him to try new ones now that he found one he liked in a non-smoking place). The fish was cod (as fish and chips should be, in my opinion) and was hand breaded with pretty much the same breading they use on the tenderloin. The fish was super moist and tender. The breading is a very light breading with just the right amount of crunch and lots of seasoning.
The downside was the sides—the fries were just your standard food service fries and they were an up charge ($1) actually. With the tenderloin we went with the standard side of chips and they were just straight out of a bag ruffle cut chips. I am wondering if any of the other sides are housemade and if any of them are particularly good. Not that you need the sides, mind you, there is certainly plenty of food with just the sandwiches. I also appreciated a good fizzy fountain soda. I hate it when it isn’t carbonated enough.
I have a quite a large list of places to try just for tenderloins, but I always welcome more (hint, hint). So far Muldoon’s is up there though. And don't forget to tell me if there are any better sides to check out too.
111 West Main Street, Suite 100
Carmel, IN 46032