Indy Tenderloin Tour: Binkley’s
(Second in a series of five appearing every Tuesday through May 22, 2010)
This installment of our “Indy Tenderloin Tour” finds us in Broad Ripple, one of Indy’s trendy districts. If you want to party with the young people and crawl a few pubs, this is the place. College Avenue is a north-south street that takes you by the Italian favorites Iaria’s and the Milano Inn downtown, past Sun King Brewery, and eventually becomes a wide path leading you to party town, aka Broad Ripple. As you cruise past the corner of College and Kessler you will see Binkley’s Kitchen and Bar at 5902 N. College Avenue.
Binkley’s took its name from the drugstore that sat on the corner from 1928 until the early 70’s. You have to like a place that gives a shout out to history. During the winter you can expect big crowds on the nights Butler  plays a home basketball game.
We sat on the patio and were assisted by the lovely and vivacious Deborah. One recommendation is to order an Indiana brewed beer. On tap at our visit were beers from Sun King, Three Floyds, Flat 12, and Triton.  You cannot go wrong with any of these breweries. Remember: drink locally, race globally.
As expected, we ordered breaded tenderloins. The lovely and vivacious Deborah (bartenders and servers LOVE to be called lovely and vivacious) informed us that the tenderloins at Binkley’s were cut and pounded on site. The meat is dredged in white flour, fine corn meal, and spices. The buns are delivered five times a week from Chicago. Here’s what graced our table:
Tenderloins tread a thin line sometimes. If they are pounded too thin, it’s all breading without substance. If they are not pounded enough, the meat is not completely cooked. The tenderloins at Binkley’s are thick enough to be meaty, yet thin enough to be cooked thoroughly. Yahtzee! The buns were toasty and firm and held up well. Bun sustainability is vital for a great breaded tenderloin. These babies sustain! As always, my condiments of choice were mayonnaise and onions.
I have to give this breaded baby a Checkered Flag. It’s worth the trip to Broad Ripple.
Checkered Flag: It’s a winner. Picture should be on the Pork-Warner Trophy.
Green Flag: It’s a go. Solid competitor with a chance to be a winner.
Yellow Flag: Warning. Something is not copacetic.
Black Flag: Get this pig off the track.
1. Here’s a link to the ESPN Sports Science segment that analyzed Gordon Hayward’s final shot versus Duke in the 2010 NCAA championship game. If this shot had gone in, Butler would have been the 2010 NCAA champion. Hoosier Hysteria, baby! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQs-d_9iJ14&feature=related
2. What does everyone need? Links to great Indiana breweries. Enjoy!