Fishers-based restaurants provide perfect opportunity for dinner and dessert

Sitting in a cozy brick building right next to the railroad tracks is the Nickel Plate Bar and Grill.

With burgers like the Amtrak, the Rocket and the Chicago Rapid Transit, this restaurant is a favorite spot for all ages on any given day of the week.  To start your meal off right, I suggest beginning with an Engine Starter (Nickel Plate’s version of an appetizer).  The Engine Starters menu includes choices like mac and cheese wedges, smokestack wings, railroad ties and pretzels.

The tenderloin, an item which can be found under the “Favorites” section of the menu, is definitely the way to go if you come to dinner with an empty stomach.

As my dining partner attempts to eat his Tenderloin sandwich, it starts to fall out of the bun.

“Not only does the tenderloin sandwich at the Nickel Plate satisfy the taste buds, it is so big that it won’t even fit in your mouth,” he said.

Other items in the “Favorites” section of the menu include the bison burger, fish and chips, chicken fingers and Louisiana catfish.

The Dinner Cart, with items ranging from $12 to $15, is available after 5:00 p.m.  It includes items like chicken parmesan, grilled salmon and black angus ribeye.

The Nickel Plate also has a Dessert Cart, with a chocolate cobbler, white chocolate raspberry cheesecake and carrot cake, but I suggest holding  out for dessert at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt.

After eating dinner at The Nickel Plate, a three-minute walk down the small, decorated sidewalk in Fishers will put you in front of Handel’s. Due to the constant long lines stretching out to the street, you can’t miss it.

If you’re an indecisive person, then Handel’s is probably not the place for you.

I was thankful for the extensive line. It gave me time to review the menu and make my decision on dessert. There are over 100 ice cream flavors as well as many yogurt and sherbet flavors.

They have plenty of choices for any kind of sweets lover.  The menu includes ice cream—over five different kinds of cones —sundaes, 4 scoop samplers, frozen hot chocolate, smoothies and homemade ice cream cakes.

And if you really love the ice cream, feel free to take home as much as you want!  Handel’s offers over 50 different flavors of hand-packed quarts and pints for purchase.  Open year-round, you can count on Handel’s to satisfy your sweet tooth anytime.

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