Gnaw Bone

twinkling blue eyes under the camouflage baseball cap were perplexed. “You want what, now?” he asked. “I’ll have to check.” He turned to the lanky cook behind him. “She wants a tenderloin sandwich, without the
tenderloin. Can we do that?” They conferred
a minute and came up with a way to charge me for a deluxe sandwich, hold the

never happened to you here before, huh?” I asked, sympathetically. “No,” he allowed, “I can’t say that it has.”

is true that people don’t head to Gnaw Bone Food and Fuel for the vegetarian
fare. One of the most highly acclaimed
eateries in Indiana (how many get extensive
write-ups in Gourmet magazine, after
all?) this little gas station/broasted chicken dive of a place on State Road 46 between Nashville and Columbus is the go-to
destination for one of the best breaded tenderloin sandwiches in the state. The proprietors claim that the key
is in the broasting (a kind of high pressure deep frying) that cooks the
tenderloin quickly, crisping the outside while keeping the inside tender and
juicy. This tenderloin
doesn’t have to be pounded within an inch of its life in order to be cooked
thoroughly in the fryer, and that makes for a meatier, moister sandwich.  My husband gave it high marks, and he is a tough sell in the tenderloin department.

I am not much of a meat eater. Figuring
one high cholesterol sandwich in the family was enough I ordered mine sans
tenderloin. Once they got over their
consternation and bemusement, they came through just fine. It’s not going to get them back into the
pages of Gourmet, but my vegetarian
sandwich was plenty good.

Gnaw Bone
Food and Fuel

4947 East St.
Road 46
Gnaw Bone, IN

One Comment Add yours

  1. Holt Parker says:

    Truly a feast for the carnivorous and fat fearless. A Michelin “vaut-le-detour” if not a vaut-le-voyage!
    -Holt Parker and Barbara Burrell


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