Midwest Living Review
Located in downtown Fishers, the Nickel Plate Bar and Grill takes its name from the Nickel Plate Railroad that used to run through this area. It was opened as a saloon in the 1880s, and the exposed brick walls and archways add a nice historic touch to this neighborhood gathering spot. The railroad motif continues on the menu, with burgers being named after various railroads. The signature burger is the Amtrak ($6.99), a freshly made half-pound grilled patty with available toppings like bacon, onions, chili, green peppers, mushrooms and several cheeses. Others are the Nickel Plate (Cajun spices, pepper cheese on Texas toast), the Santa Fe (box car chili, raw onion, cheddar), and the Lionel (barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheddar). All the specialty burgers are $7.99. Although the egg buns are a cut above, the burgers are hit or miss, sometimes arriving at the table overcooked. No matter, because the real star here is the enormous breaded pork tenderloin sandwich ($7.99), possibly one of the best incarnations around of this classic Hoosier dish. The pork is pounded out flat, breaded with a secret spice blend and fried in canola oil. It comes to the table just right, with crispy edges and a juicy, tender interior. Although Nickel Plate probably isn't worth a special trip, it's a must for anyone seeking that quintessential Hoosier tenderloin.