Went to Mr. Dave's as reccommended by this board and the Sterns for the best tenderloin sandwiches...
After driving past miles and miles of wintery farmlands we entered the perfect preserved archtypal midwestern town of North Manchester.
Mr. Dave's on Main Street was a friendly eatery temple of down home dining.
The award-winning tenderloins were crispy crusted tender white pork pillows on a bun with pickles. Very delicious. Also had an excellent homemade sausage patty melt sandwich. The meaty baked beans were quite tasty.
The walls are adorned with articles and awards and honors from the Pork Institute.
The town with several diner cafes is targeted for future exploration.
In Indianapolis I was fortunate enough to sample the kosher-style deli from Shapiro's a regional institution. Corned beef and tongue were excellent but the standout was the pastrami -- succulent and sweet. Quite addictive. Puts to shame most -- if not all -- NY deli.
Thanks for past posters who pointed the way. To paraphase Sir Isaac Newton: I stood on the bellies of giants!