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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/16 18:33:12 (permalink)
Dog's entry #5 from Arizona:

Thanks to a tip from Dayvdd earlier in this post, I made it by the Vine Tavern for a Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich and a beverage. There are four Vine Taverns in the Phoenix area, this one was located at the corner of 28th st. and Indian School.

Overall, the sandwich was quite good, it was served with a lettuce leaf and chipotle sauce. I've never had the sauce on a BPTS before but must admit it added another dimension to an already tasty meal.

As usual, I would have preferred the tenderloin to be a bit bigger and the bun to be a bit smaller, but it worked the way it was.

I'll definitely be back in to try their wings, apparently a house specialty.





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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/16 20:34:51 (permalink)
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Hey Dayvdd,

Now that you're a big shot and everything, I hope you don't forget about us "little people."

How can you be a "little person" when eating deep-fried breaded pork tenderloins?
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/19 14:49:06 (permalink)
Now that I have unleashed a monster with the Minneapolis StarTribune article I can't rest. Must feed the tenderloin surfers (and myself).

Last night we went to Tony Jaros River Garden on the corner of Marshall and Lowery in Nordeast Minneapolis. Tony Jaros is basically a neighborhood bar with a long bar with booths across on the wall and a few tables. The "river garden" in the dark looked like a clump of weeds, trees and brush at the end of the parking lot overlooking the Mississippi River.

The menu said the Minneapolis StarTribune declared the breaded pork tenderloin the best sandwich on the menu. It was OK but it was not the best tenderloin I've had. The tenderloin seemed more battered than breaded. It was served with toast and the Deluxe was served with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and Mayo. It came in a plastic basket and was sliced in half. It was not overly huge. The meat was moist and tasty. Toast and battered seems to be a Minneapolis centric thing. Sully's in Nordeast was similar.

Service was prompt and courteous. Tony Jaros was a cash only bar accepting no checks or credit cards. Fortunately I had cash and there was an ATM machine just inside the door. The Big Game, the Michigan Ohio State game was on the TVs but they promptly switched to the beginning of a Minnesota Gophers Wisconsin Badgers hockey game before the football game ended. It was that kind of crowd. Nordeast is an industrial area of factories, shops, warehouses and modest blue collar homes not too different that I knew growing up in West Indianapolis. The atmosphere was neighborly and unfortunately not my neighborhood to become a regular with it being nearly 30 miles away from my home.


Tony Jaros River Garden Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/19 14:59:36 (permalink)
So I'm down in Maricopa, a small boom town 30 minutes south of Phoenix on Friday, round lunchtime, and i see this place called Ramsey's American grill.

Feeling a bit hungry so I stop and head into the bar. Sure enough, they have a Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich on the menu. It was actually called a "Pork Fritter" so of course I was a bit wary about it being a pre-processed hockey puck, but to my pleaseure they brought out this Very Good Tenderloin. Looks like the breading was actually a beer batter, but it tasted great.





As before, bun was too big. The sandwich was served with lettuce, tomato and mayo. I added mustard.

The owner, Ramsey moved to the area 3 years ago from Champagne, IL, and opened his restaurant about a year ago.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/19 16:36:56 (permalink)
Dog,

That is about 8 places and 5 that you have reported on in Arizona. So that means I could retire comfortably there?
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/20 10:42:42 (permalink)
You may have noticed the blue skys in the background of my pics. Highs in the upper seventies, lows in the 50's and Breaded Pork Tenderloins abound. What else do you need???? Life is good in the Desert.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/20 10:56:40 (permalink)
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Dog,

That is about 8 places and 5 that you have reported on in Arizona. So that means I could retire comfortably there?


Actually, Davydd, I think the count is 6 as of this writing. Just for fun, let's recap...shall we?


Iowa Cafe - Mesa




Midwestern Meats - Mesa




Wag's Family Restaurant - Tucson




Casey Jones Grill - Phoenix



Vine Tavern - Phoenix




Ramsey's American Grill - Maricopa




Ahhhh, nothing like a trip down memory lane !!!! I might have to do an encore tour
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/20 11:13:39 (permalink)
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Do they have a tenderloin at the Heart Attack Grill?


Are you kidding me? That's their house speciality! Served with a bowl of statins and a side of stints.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/23 11:18:44 (permalink)
Not a pork tenderloin can be found today. The pursuit rests in favor of turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving all!
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/27 22:24:17 (permalink)
Thanksgiving is over. By Saturday night I was ready for a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich once again. My appetite built up because we did not have any left overs to feast on since we did not host Thanksgiving this year. We drove over to Lake Elmo, MN just east of St. Paul to try the Machine Shed. The Machine Shed is a chain of a few restaurants originating in Davenport, IA and spred to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. It is a small chain "Dedicated to the American Farmer". Parked outside the entrance was a red antique Farmall tractor pulling a trailer loaded with hay bales and pumpkins for decorative effect. On entering you pass through a gift shop area. The restaurant is decorated with a farm motif. Lots of John Deere signage.

The menu is down home comfort food. But we came for the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, their favorite seller. The price was $8.95 at dinner time. It came with french fries. It also came with a table shared fresh baked rolls and pumpkin bread for starters, cole slaw and cottage cheese. The tenderloin was served with a toasted bun, lettuce, tomato and onion with a side of mayo. So you may think since it is a chain it would be on par with a Culver's tenderloin (not bad but average) but this tenderloin was GOOD! The meat was white, thick and very tender. The breading was light, fluffy, dry and tasty. It was a quality presentation in every way. There are several other Machine Sheds. I am now curious as to whether this was of consistent quality throughout the chain or whether they have a chef on board at Lake Elmo who knows what he is doing. When the waitress alerted the chef as to why I was there he came out to greet us. I'm normally anonymous other than the camera but we had my two sisters-in-law with us and they blabbed to the waitress as to why we came so far for dinner (38 miles one way). Here is the sandwich...

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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/28 06:15:10 (permalink)
I've eaten at the Davenport and Rockford, Il. Machine Sheds several times and find just about everything very good but I too, enjoy their breaded pork tenderloin! They are pretty big on all pork products and a good place for a hearty meal!
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/28 12:27:47 (permalink)
They are known for the Iowa Cut Pork Chop.
http://www.machineshed.com/restaurants/index.asp
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/28 12:47:07 (permalink)
the shape is a bit even, kinda looks fritter-ish....although it's pretty clear from your post that it isn't.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/28 21:32:53 (permalink)
TJ,

I think by now I know my tenderloins. It is definitely not a fritter.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 02:29:50 (permalink)
This may not be the best, but here is a pork tenderloin from Chuck's Bar & Grill in Richmond, Indiana.

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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 06:59:03 (permalink)
Interesting BPT soozy, but is that a ton of pepper on it?? You photo posting is A-OK!!
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 07:14:13 (permalink)
I have been seeking out a good pork tenderloin sandwich here in the Milwaukee area,and am thrilled to hear that Machine Shed may have one!!!Will be doing my own research there this weekend.Thanks for the heads-up!!
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 13:55:20 (permalink)
soozy

your photo skills look good to me, actually they are making me really hungry right now.

as for the pepper....

when i was a little kid i thought pepper was nasty stuff, my grandfather always ate pepper on everything including his hard boiled eggs. He could never get me to eat the stuff, then one day i tried pepper on something and I have been a pepper addict ever since.

for me you can never put too much pepper on something.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 16:00:58 (permalink)
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soozy

your photo skills look good to me, actually they are making me really hungry right now.

as for the pepper....

when i was a little kid i thought pepper was nasty stuff, my grandfather always ate pepper on everything including his hard boiled eggs. He could never get me to eat the stuff, then one day i tried pepper on something and I have been a pepper addict ever since.

for me you can never put too much pepper on something.


I am constantly berated by my wife for putting pepper on everything. She tries to tell me it's because I have lost my sense of taste.

But to me, there is or has been no greater joy than hearing the crunching sound as those little peppercorns make their way through the mill and onto my food....well, with the possible exception of the births of my children. Pepper is THE spice of life!
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 19:33:46 (permalink)
Today I was over in Glendale, AZ (home of this year's NCAA BCS Championship Bowl and next year's Super Bowl) and decided to pop in to a place called Fast Eddie's. (Glendale Ave. and 35th Ave)

Fast Eddie's is a 50's diner-style restaurant with very good service and an impressive menu. Naturally my attention gravitated to the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich on the menu and I decided to give it a try.





Overall the sandwich was pretty good, not great. It came with lettuce, tomato and mayo on a lightly toasted bun. I added mustard, as I always do. It was actually a lot jucier on the inside than it looked on the outside and served piping hot. (wish I could say the same for the fries)

My typical gripe applies here...why such a big bun? It ain't about the bread!! The bun is simply a "handle" in order to eat the loin with your fingers and a little dignity.

Anyway, as I said, the sandwich was pretty good, but it obviously is not Fast Eddie's specialty. If I go back I'll be hitting one of their great looking burgers and a shake or pop in some morning for their highly touted breakfast.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 20:04:20 (permalink)
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Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Do they have a tenderloin at the Heart Attack Grill?


Are you kidding me? That's their house speciality! Served with a bowl of statins and a side of stints.

Dont forget the Lipitor, Zocor, and Vytorin for dessert.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 20:06:32 (permalink)
It was time for my weekly drooling over the photos here!
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 21:16:41 (permalink)
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I have been seeking out a good pork tenderloin sandwich here in the Milwaukee area,and am thrilled to hear that Machine Shed may have one!!!Will be doing my own research there this weekend.Thanks for the heads-up!!

Ann,

The Machine Shed is in Pewaukee. I may be making a one day in and out business trip soon so may get the chance to try it for lunch if it is not too far out of my way. I've already asked the person I will be visiting to try and find a place that has tenderloins.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 21:19:13 (permalink)
soozycue,

You undoubtably have posting pictures down pat. Nice looking tenderloin. What I love about Indiana is you almost can't miss walking into any restaurant. I can't say the same for Minnesota.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/29 21:23:21 (permalink)
desertdog,

Did Iowa empty out into Arizona? You keep finding them. I came across a website blog by an Arizonan lamenting not having pork tenderloin sandwiches. Evidently the guy did not look hard enough.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/30 12:59:32 (permalink)
Arizona (Mesa, Tempe, etc) is where all the Iowa grain farmers spend the winter after they get the harvest in. My wife has 4 different farmer relatives that have condos there.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/30 20:33:24 (permalink)
Affectionately known as Snow Birds, these curious creatures flock by the thousands to the Phoenix area this time of year in search of craft fairs and spring training games. They are often spotted driving 48 miles per hour in the left lane of the 101 or US 60 with their turn signal on for no apparent reason.

They are normally quite placid unless unintentionally provoked somehow in a supermarket parking lot, the canned food isle or the checkout line. Extreme caution should be taken if one encounters a Snow Bird in the process of backing up their RV or Mini Van.

To diffuse a rare but potentially awkward moment of silence while in conversation with a Snow Bird, ask the best route to take from Poky to St. Olaf or, depending on the gender, a favorite recipe for jello salad.

Just teasing, of course. After all, they are the reason so many Breaded pork tenderloin Sandwiches are to be found in the Valley of the Sun, and for that I am eternally grateful!


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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/11/30 22:58:07 (permalink)
Davydd wrote --
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Did Iowa empty out into Arizona? You keep finding them.


Iowa migration to Arizona is nearly as old as the Rock Island Railroad. You used to be able to take through trains from places like the Quad Cities and Muscatine to Tucson and Phoenix and sleepers and coaches from Des Moines that were put on these trains. Service to other "sun" destinations like Florida was not as convenient. Iowa not only influenced what we can eat now in Arizona, but visitors returned (and still return) with a taste for Mexican-style food.

What people enjoy in various regions of the country is still heavily influenced by earlier patterns of railway travel. Just look at what people have been dining on in the Miami area for nearly 100 years.

Note to desertdog: Within a month or so, we will outnumber you!
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/12/01 03:29:25 (permalink)
Davy & Dog your right about all them snow birds Gotta love them all.
Well Guys I'm off to Vegas Friday for the weekend for our 14th Av. I'll see if I can find a Breaded Tenderloin. The Iowa Cafe Gal
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2006/12/01 09:26:15 (permalink)
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Davy & Dog your right about all them snow birds Gotta love them all.
Well Guys I'm off to Vegas Friday for the weekend for our 14th Av. I'll see if I can find a Breaded Tenderloin. The Iowa Cafe Gal


You can drop $23.95 for one at the Hash House A Go-Go [|)] !
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