Hearing about the fried bologna sandwich got me in the door, but once I looked at the menu - the tenderloin sandwich was also calling my name.
Dugout Bar, which a publication awarded the title of “Indiana’s best dive bar,” is that kind of neighborhood gathering spot – featuring traditional home-style favorites that look, sound, and taste delicious.
I started out with the fried mushrooms appetizer – they were steaming hot, with a light crust that didn’t overwhelm the fresh and juicy mushrooms.
The tenderloin sandwich - way more tenderloin than buns - was amazing. It was meaty, with a thick crunchy breaded coating.
And the bologna, the reason I was there in the first place, well you can’t go wrong with a big hunk of bologna, fried just right, on toasted sandwich bread.
My friend had the Cuban sandwich – which is ham, pork, Swiss cheese, mustard, onions, and pickles. That, and the pulled pork sandwich and tenderloin sandwich, are his favorites at Dugout.
The menu is not elaborate – mostly sandwiches and pizza, with some entree specials such as turkey Manhattan, meatloaf, fried chicken, and fish and chips - but the food is packed with flavor.
Since Dugout Bar has been referred to as a dive bar, of course I didn’t expect to sit in a plush dining room. But it was a pleasantly comfortable bar atmosphere, with a warm and friendly vibe.
Founded in 1954, Dugout Bar is in the Fountain Square neighborhood in Indianapolis, located at 621 Virginia Ave.
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