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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/07 12:03:54 (permalink)
Danigirl,

Welcome to the pork tenderloin board. BTW, Pam Oshman emailed me and assured me the picture of that pork tenderloin is NOT what is usually served. We would welcome an updated picture of a great tenderloin from the Iowa Cafe posted here.

I for one will be making a bee line to the Iowa Cafe on my next Arizona visit. Since I am the certifying architect for a building project under construction in the Phoenix area that might be soon I hope.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/07 19:24:12 (permalink)
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Danigirl,

Welcome to the pork tenderloin board. BTW, Pam Oshman emailed me and assured me the picture of that pork tenderloin is NOT what is usually served. We would welcome an updated picture of a great tenderloin from the Iowa Cafe posted here.

I for one will be making a bee line to the Iowa Cafe on my next Arizona visit. Since I am the certifying architect for a building project under construction in the Phoenix area that might be soon I hope.




So when they served that (see picture above) to me they were giving me an inferior product to what they "normally" serve? Now I really feel cheated...believe me Davydd, you will be better served to head down to Midwestern Meats for their BPTS. Or do both and let us know which you prefer, although I think I already know.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/07 20:07:16 (permalink)
Eventually, if I live long enough, I will hit every breaded pork tenderloin sandwich restaurant in the USA.

Now that sounds like a collision course between longevity and cholesterol clogging.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/07 20:38:07 (permalink)
A noble quest if there ever was one, Davydd!

I suppose being that I'm an I-wegian I should give the Iowa Cafe the benefit of the doubt and give them another try...look for a full report inc. photos in the near future.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/07 23:44:57 (permalink)
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A noble quest if there ever was one, Davydd!

I suppose being that I'm an I-wegian I should give the Iowa Cafe the benefit of the doubt and give them another try...look for a full report inc. photos in the near future.
Hi RoadFood group. Yes It's the True Blue Gal from the Iowa Cafe in Mesa ,AZ Danigirl called me today at the Cafe about all the talk about My HomeMade Pork Tenderloins on a forum so I had to ck it out. Now I see why she asked me to see the Photo that was on the RoadFood Forum
Please let me know if you can the time of day and Day your Breaded Pork Tenderloin was serverd to you looking like that at my Cafe,
My Loins aren't to be served to a table looking like the Photo.
The Pork Loin is to be on the Bun, But the Lett, Tom, Onion ( If you ask for it )gets served on the side Loin . The one thing I can ask is that you retry us and Please ask for Pam when you stop in.
Pam Ohsman owner of the Iowa Cafe Mesa,AZ
As for Mid Western Meat It's a great place to eat some times I need to hide away from the cafe and yes it's a good hide away place great food Both of us are from the Mid West
E-mail Iowacafegal@aol.com Web page www.IowaCafe.com Web page is being updated
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/09 07:53:07 (permalink)
We just passed 40,000 views! Time for a little celebration. Go out and have a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich tonight.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/12 19:25:51 (permalink)
My pursuit takes me to northeast Iowa this weekend. My goal is to try the St. Olaf Tavern in St. Olaf. They claim to have the biggest pork tenderloin sandwich in Iowa and they are on the list of 100 places to eat in Iowa before you die recently published in the Des Moines Register newspaper. Surprisingly it was the only tenderloin on the list. Joesny's in Solon, Iowa claims the biggest and best in Iowa right on their building sign. If it is the best then I feel sorry for Iowa. Now I will find out if it holds the biggest title.

We are going to do other things like camp on the edge of the Mississippi River.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/12 19:46:44 (permalink)
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My pursuit takes me to northeast Iowa this weekend. My goal is to try the St. Olaf Tavern in St. Olaf. They claim to have the biggest pork tenderloin sandwich in Iowa and they are on the list of 100 places to eat in Iowa before you die recently published in the Des Moines Register newspaper. Surprisingly it was the only tenderloin on the list. Joesny's in Solon, Iowa claims the biggest and best in Iowa right on their building sign. If it is the best then I feel sorry for Iowa. Now I will find out if it holds the biggest title.

We are going to do other things like camp on the edge of the Mississippi River.


Take plenty of repellent and watch out for skeeters, Davydd!

I got back to the IOWA CAFE this week and have to say I am very pleased. The BPTS was at least twice the size of the one I had on mt first visit, in fact, I thought at first that it was two tenderloins! Lifting the bun I saw that it was joined together. I ended up folding the two sides together, threw the pickles, lettuce and mustard on the rascal and had at it! Quite tasty indeed!



Thanks for encouraging me to come back, Pam. It was worth it. You'll see me again, for sure. Maybe next time I'll even introduce myself!

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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/13 00:50:30 (permalink)
Dog! Thank You for making the trip back to the Iowa Cafe, knowing that you made it back makes me very happy I see you did get the True Iowa Loin on this . The True Blue Iowa Gal .Pam
Next time let me know your in so I can have a cup of coffee with you.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/13 01:11:00 (permalink)
That is one gorgeous sandwich.I'm from southern Indiana,and have never set foot in Iowa,but there is no denying that is one fine looking tenderloin.If I am ever in Arizona,I will give you a shot.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/13 01:26:49 (permalink)
Billfish Please do stop in if you make it to Mesa, Walking into the Iowa Cafe will give you a part of Iowa not only the Down Home food like Mom & Grandma made, we'll give you the Down Home welcome.
Oh Just so you know if you have Bibs on we can put you to work. The Iowa Cafe Gal.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/14 11:15:33 (permalink)
We accidently stumbled upon my new favorite. Ravinous but determined not to settle for FF while traveling along I-39 in Illinois, we scoured the exit signs for a sign, any sign. Exit 54 showed us a place called Delaneys Family Restaurant in the town of Oglesby. Bypassing the very nice looking buffet ($6.99), we ordered the pork tenderloin that they "were famous for"! I confess to never having even heard of this town I've passed on a number of occasions. It was an outstanding version. Thicker yet juicier than most, it's now my new fav. I didn't expect to find anything on this route so my camera was buried deep in my trunk located suitcase. They had standard frozen onion rings but they also served that mid-Illinois treat, a horseshoe which is a meat choice on toast covered with french frys and melted cheese. This will be a stop from now on when on this route along with The Ariston Cafe on historic Route 66 off of exit 52 on I-55 Litchfield Illinois.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/14 13:48:00 (permalink)
Memo to Pam, Iowacafegal,
I just had breakfast at your Iowa Cafe in Mesa AZ. You weren't there so I couldn't introduce myself but the breakfast was good. I had my first Pork Tenderloin so I'm no longer a Virgin! Not ever having one before, I don't have anything to compare it to, but it was good. It may have been just a little overcooked and was dry, but it tasted just fine. The place was busy as usual, but running well without you! Keepup the good work!
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/14 15:45:04 (permalink)
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We accidently stumbled upon my new favorite. Ravinous but determined not to settle for FF while traveling along I-39 in Illinois, we scoured the exit signs for a sign, any sign. Exit 54 showed us a place called Delaneys Family Restaurant in the town of Oglesby. Bypassing the very nice looking buffet ($6.99), we ordered the pork tenderloin that they "were famous for"! I confess to never having even heard of this town I've passed on a number of occasions. It was an outstanding version. Thicker yet juicier than most, it's now my new fav. I didn't expect to find anything on this route so my camera was buried deep in my trunk located suitcase. They had standard frozen onion rings but they also served that mid-Illinois treat, a horseshoe which is a meat choice on toast covered with french frys and melted cheese. This will be a stop from now on when on this route along with The Ariston Cafe on historic Route 66 off of exit 52 on I-55 Litchfield Illinois.



I have had the pork tenderloin at Delaneys and agree that it is very good but I know they changed hands recently and I haven't been to the new version, the sign was removed from the interstate exit last trip to Peoria. I'll try to check it out at Thanksgiving.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/15 00:48:48 (permalink)
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Memo to Pam, Iowacafegal,
I just had breakfast at your Iowa Cafe in Mesa AZ. You weren't there so I couldn't introduce myself but the breakfast was good. I had my first Pork Tenderloin so I'm no longer a Virgin! Not ever having one before, I don't have anything to compare it to, but it was good. It may have been just a little overcooked and was dry, but it tasted just fine. The place was busy as usual, but running well without you! Keepup the good work!

HI Foodbme Sorry I missed seeing you at the Iowa Cafe today , You must have been in early or I was late don't tell the Boss.
Let me know when your in the next time ,Great news your no Longer a Virgin your going to love the next Pork loin as must as the 1st .
The Iowa Cafe Gal Pam Oh the food was great and the Cafe was running well, can I take off work Sunday Oh I forgot I have to bread more Tenderloins I better not.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/15 16:06:29 (permalink)
I had BPT's at three different places in a recent week's trip to my hometown of Muncie, IN.

Burkie’s – A classic drive-in that has been known for BPT’s for over 50 years.

Ball Memorial Hospital Cafeteria - Not bad considering that it probably sat under the heat lamp for a while. Lettuce was an extra 19 cents and they had no tomato.

909 Wheeling Grill – A new, more upscale place. You could hear them pounding away on them in the kitchen. Definitely not fast food. It was kind of different in that it was curled up somewhat and had a strong black pepper taste. Not my favorite, but a good change of pace.

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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/15 21:34:12 (permalink)
We traveled to northeast Iowa for one last camping trip at Pike's Peak State Park overlooking the Mississippi River. As it turned out the fall colors had already peaked and it was very, very cold. For two days it never got above 40. We cooked breakfast over a campfire in 29 degree weather. We endured because the overriding goal was to seek out the World's Largest Tenderloin" and we may have found it at the St. Olaf Tap in the "Little Switzerland" village of St. Olaf, Iowa.

St. Olaf is in the middle of nowhere. You go by turning off US 52 onto state highway 13 and driving until you see a sign that says "St. Olaf 2 miles, home of the world's largest tenderloin". You arrive by coming over the crest of a hill and seeing the whole of St. Olaf in a valley. The Tap was very easy to find on Main Street.

The Tap was very busy at 1:30 in the afternoon. Every table was taken so we took stools at the bar and placed our order. Your choices were the Pork Tenderloin at 16 oz., the Medium Tenderloin at 8 oz. or the Mini Tenderloin at 4 oz. The medium tenderloin is about what most restaurants serve. The mini tenderloin fills the bun.

So we waited with our Honey Weiss Leinenkugels and finally a table opened up for us. In waiting we struck up a conversation with Tim Lusthoff, the proprietor. Ever since the Des Moines Register came out with the article, "100 Places in Iowa you have to eat at before you die" they have been very busy. The week before they ran out of tenderloins. Their tenderloins are made from fresh pork trimmed of fat, hand breaded and fried in soy bean oil.

Was it the world's largest? Possibly. It was definitely the largest we ever had and it was considerably larger than Joensy's in Solon, IA, the claimant of the "Biggest and Best". How good was it? Very good and surprisingly, even though it filled the dinner plate, it was not paper thin and dry. It was thick and juicy. It was worth the trip for us. We were not disappointed.


Arriving in St. Olaf, Iowa behind a tractor pulling a loading bin


The St. Olaf Tap building in St. Olaf, Iowa


The bar in the St. Olaf Tap


The "World's Largest Tenderloin" at the St. Olaf Tap
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/16 11:18:27 (permalink)
Now THAT is a fine looking BPTS!

The bun almost looks like an afterthought. I guess it has to have one to qualify as a sandwich, eh?

A couple questions, are those sweet potato fries in the background and what's in the dipping cup...looks like, clarified butter? My arteries are starting to harden just looking at it!

Congrats on your successful trip, Davydd. I look forward to the day I can make the trek. Got relatives in NW Iowa and SE Minnesota, so it is a journey just waiting to happen!
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/16 20:07:36 (permalink)
Those were french fried sweet potatoes. I don't know what the dipping sauce was since it was my wife's order.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/17 21:43:08 (permalink)
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Those were french fried sweet potatoes. I don't know what the dipping sauce was since it was my wife's order.


Ah, that explains it...she must have been having the Lobster plate.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/17 22:02:52 (permalink)
Nope. It was the medium size 8 oz. tenderloin...

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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/18 12:28:18 (permalink)
Now I'm Home Sick with your great Photo of the Trees and the True look of Iowa.I'll have to make a Trip back to Iowa and try your new founded place in St. Olaf myself. It Looks like you not only had a great tenderloin but some Hand Breaded Onion Rings along with Sweet Fries Love them.The Iowa Cafe Gal,Mesa AZ
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/18 12:56:32 (permalink)
Now I'm Home Sick with your great Photo of the Trees and the True look of Iowa.I'll have to make a Trip back to Iowa and try your new founded place in St. Olaf myself.

I hear ya Pam. Those pics could of just as easily been of the town I grew up in. (Sioux Rapids, NW corner) I hear tell of a BPTS served at a local eatery on Main St in SR that is supposed to be quite impressive. Still waiting on pics of it. When I receive them, I'll post, although it might be quicker, easier and more rewarding to hop on a plane and check it out myself.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/18 19:31:29 (permalink)
Just go! I manage to get back to my hometown of Speedway, IN every May for the Indy 500 where you can't turn around without bumping into a restaurant or pub serving pork tenderloin sandwiches. That's what got me started on this pursuit.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/23 21:44:38 (permalink)
This is news from the Iowa Pork Producers Association

Oct. 10, 2006

Contact: Alison Dreeszen, Marketing/Programs Director
(800) 372-7675, adreeszen@iowapork.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
Wellsburg restaurant has Iowa’s best breaded pork tenderloin
(CLIVE, Iowa) — The Iowa Pork Producers Association Restaurant & Foodservice Committee has announced that the Town House Supper Club in Wellsburg, Iowa, is the winner of IPPA’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest for 2006.

The Town House Supper Club was one of 83 restaurants in Iowa nominated in the 4th annual contest. Iowa pork producers judged the sandwiches on taste, physical characteristics and appearance.

“We’re all thrilled and excited to win the contest and we appreciate being recognized for our efforts,” said Town House owner Terry Town. His restaurant serves an estimated 50 breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches each week. Why did the Town House win this year’s contest? “Because it tastes better,” Town said. “It tastes good, it’s got a good breading and it’s got some meat in it.”

Nearly 600 nominations were received from around the state for this year’s contest. More than 40 different pork producers visited the restaurants over the summer to do the preliminary judging. The final round of judging was held in late September.

“Iowa is known for its breaded pork tenderloins,” said IPPA Restaurant & Foodservice Committee Chairperson Nelda Christian. “The quality of the product and the pride that people have for their small-town restaurants is why we received a record number of nominations this year.”

As the contest winner, The Town House Supper Club will receive a plaque in recognition of the award, a $200 check from IPPA, and statewide publicity. Bernice Harrentstein of Wellsburg was awarded $100 for nominating the Town House restaurant.

The first runner up in the contest was The Links Restaurant & Lounge in Panora, with Jo’s Bar & Brill in Searsboro, St. Olaf Tavern in St. Olaf, and TC’s Point After in DeWitt all receiving honorable mention.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/24 08:13:22 (permalink)
600 nominations!! Wow Davyyd, you sure have your work cut out for you!
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/24 09:38:09 (permalink)
Yeah, Davydd...Just go !
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/24 09:47:46 (permalink)
By the way, who's going to be first to get us a picture of that rascal?
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/24 20:09:15 (permalink)
Wellsburg's Town House Supper Club is in the middle of no where. But I could probably route my way through there next May if I go through Iowa on the way to Indianapolis. The other two IPPA winners in 2004 and 2005 are in Hamlin and Dunlap in western Iowa closer to Omaha. I may not get there until I head west sometime. I still have quite a few Indiana restaurants on my list. I probably should get to the Mug'n'Bun in Speedway to satisfy my curiosity, McGilvery's near Speedway, The Brickyard Crossing at the track, The Green Street Pub in Brownsburg, and the Bourbon Street Distillery in downtown Indianapolis. Those places are on my short list.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/10/24 22:54:58 (permalink)

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