Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex.
Mon, 04/2/12 4:11 PM
Part of my weekend was spent in central Indiana. I had previosuly read about a place in the city of Anderson, NE of Indy and it sounded great. It went on my list of places to try and I stopped in on Saturday morning. The name of the place is the Lemon Drop Restaurant. They have an excellent old vintage sign out front, that surely looks even better at night. The building itself is small and unsurprisingly, painted a bright yellow. I also loved the tear shaped sign on the roof. The inside holds only about 25 customers at a time, between the four booths and the counter seats. I grabbed one of those counter seats at the far end. Adding to the old fashioned atmosphere is a toy train, making a constant circle on tracks overhead. No menu was given to me, but the menu boards were hanging on the wall close by. When the young lady came over to get my order, I told her this was my first time here and asked for recommendations. To drink, they offer different flavors of coke, which I believe is just added flavored syrup to a regular coke. They offer vanilla, cherry, strawberry and lemon. Since I had never tried it before, chocolate coke was my choice. While the taste of this combination of flavors was fine, it left me thinking I should have ordered the cherry or vanilla instead. Much better was the excellent lemon milkshake, which they make by hand on one of those old mixers. This is the first time I had a lemon shake, but it just seemed appropriate at a restaurant with this name. It had the perfect thickness and a strong lemony flavor, despite the fact that it was not yellow colored at all. Since this is Indiana, I had to start with the pork tenderloin. They do offer it grilled, but I had to order it breaded. When she asked me what I wanted on the tenderloin, as usual, I had no idea how to respond. What goes good on a BPT? I asked her how to a true Hoosier likes their BPT and she said everyone gets it different. Another woman walked by, so I asked her what her recommendation was. She said if it was grilled, she eats it with grilled onions. While I love grilled onions, that doesn't seem right on a BPT. Finally, I just went with lettuce and mayo. Once again I ask.....what goes good on a BPT? This wasn't one of those oversized BPTs, but it tasted like it had a buttermilk crust and it wasn't overly crunchy like others I have had. This wasn't as great as say, the BPT at Nick's Kitchen, but I would definitely still recommend it. Davydd, it you haven't been here before, this could be a worthwhile stop. Next up was the toasted cheeseburger. According to my waitress, this is one of the most popular menu items here. This is simply a hamburger patty in between two toasted slices of bread. This came with lettuce, tomato and mayo. The meat to bread ratio was a little off and this should probably be ordered as a double, but was still a nice change of pace. The #1 seller at Lemon Drop is the famous onion burger. Now, when I think onion burger, I think of a burger smothered in lots of grilled onions, or even better, the onions grilled right into the beef patty. A good example of this would be the great onion burger places in El Reno, Oklahoma, like Sid's. Apparently, it is popular to get the onion burger between slices of toast, but since I was already eating a toasted cheeseburger, I went with the regular soft bun. When it was delivered to me, it looked like just any hamburger, with some lettuce, pickles and raw onion on top. What a disappointment! If you look at the photo again, you can clearly see some onion sticking out of the inside of the burger, where a little chunk is hanging off. I did not notice while taking the photo and was greatly surprised when I bit into it. The middle of the burger was loaded with lots of onion and all was forgiven! Unusual and a real pleasure to eat. I loved this burger. After all of this, I was stuffed. The service was excellent. After I finished my chocolate coke, within two minutes, three different waitresses asked me if I wanted a refill, before the cup was taken away. A woman sitting next to me with her young son, bragged that this was the first place she had ever taken him for french fries. Looking at their food, the long, skinny fries did look good. You pay at the cash register and they have lemon drop candies if you need something sweet on the way out. If you ever find yourself in Anderson, Indiana, Lemon Drop Restaurant would make for a worthwhile stop.
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