Huntington tenderloin named Indiana’s best

The tenderloin sandwich at Nick's Kitchen is shown. (photo courtesy Nick's Kitchen)

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) A Huntington eatery is serving up Indiana’s best tenderloin sandwich, the state’s tourism arm has determined.

Nick’s Kitchen was named Best Tenderloin in Visit Indiana’s Best of Indiana Fall awards. More than 24,000 Hoosiers participated in the open voting, according to Visit Indiana.

Nick’s beat out Dooley O’Toole’s Bar & Restaurant in Carmel and The Willard in Franklin to take the top spot.

“Indiana does not have an official state food, but if there was one, it might be the tenderloin sandwich,” Visit Indiana wrote in an emailed news release about the vote. “If you’re a native Hoosier, you know what it is. It’s a piece of pork, pounded and breaded and usually fried. It might be crispy and flat or thick and juicy, but almost all of them are bigger than the bun.”

Nick’s apparently does that best.

Nick’s, at 506 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington, created its tenderloin sandwich in 1908. The restaurant’s cooks pound it thin and serve it on a plain hamburger bun with lettuce, Miracle Whip, and a side of potato or pasta salad.

Several other area eateries, destinations and attractions were honored in the Best of Indiana Fall rankings.

Huntington winery Two-EE’s was named the state’s Best Winery Experience, two spots ahead of Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard of LaOtto. Satek Winery of Fremont came in at No. 7.

Indiana’s Best BBQ can be found at Fort Wayne’s own Shigs in Pit, according to Visit Indiana. Kuehnert Dairy Farm of Fort Wayne was named Best U-Pick in Indiana.

Fort Wayne’s Rivergreenway was named the second best trail system in the state, and the Middle Waves Music Festival was ranked Indiana’s 7th best music festival, Visit Indiana found. DeBrand Fine Chocolates was No. 8 in the ranking of Best Ice Cream Shops.