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ezrydr
Junior Burger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2012/09/13 22:25:41
Lindy Gertie's in Morris, Illinois has hand-made (in house), monster 'loins. A little thinner than some, but with an excellent breading and big as a pizza. $8 gets you one with fries, a pop and a cup of their famous chili. Mile-marker 112 on I-80 about 17 miles west of I-55. You won't be disappointed.
trzhotel
Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2012/12/18 21:28:07
I was watching the promo for the new season of United States of Bacon, it looks like the host is eating The Jethro, at Jethro's in Des Moines. Its a tenderloin topped with pulled pork, ham, and bacon. There is a promotional photo with the host standing next to a giant uncut pork loin at The Machine Shed also.
post edited by trzhotel - 2012/12/19 15:46:37
IndianaPete
Junior Burger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/24 21:20:39
Went to Brown County, IN this weekend.  I specifically avoided the Abe Martin Lodge's version of the BPT, having previously had it and didn't much care for it.  This time we stopped in at Gnaw Bone.  It was super thick, juicy, tender and for only 7 bucks.  My wife declares it the best tenderloin she's ever eaten.  She got the jr. for $4.  Mine was good, a bit lean on the toppings, no toasted bun, no tomato, served with homemade chips which I generally don't care for.  Sorry no pics.  IMO a very good BPT to get if you're in the area, a Top 10 for certain, but not a Top 5 on my list.
 
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/25 14:51:39
We will be heading out soon for Texas in our RV. I have two tenderloins in sight in Texas and will also be going through Iowa and Missouri on the way down and back. One restaurant is right on the Rio Grande River and border.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/25 15:31:07
Davydd

We will be heading out soon for Texas in our RV. I have two tenderloins in sight in Texas and will also be going through Iowa and Missouri on the way down and back. One restaurant is right on the Rio Grande River and border.

 
DavyDD:  Sounds like a great trip.  I spent quite a bit of time in SW Texas on the border towns.  Which restaurant on the river and border?
 
Paul E. Smith
knoxville, TN

Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/25 18:24:57
Paul,
The Riverside Club in Mission, Texas. I've known about it for years but have never gotten down there. Some RVers we met in Talkeetna, Alaska who write a blog on their travels posted a picture of their tenderloin on my Facebook page.
 
We plan to kind of bum around for a couple of months in Texas and maybe even go over to Arizona and New Mexico. We'll start out at South Padre Island to meet some friends staying in a condo there and then travel about and come back to South Padre Island in April for a Class B camper van social with several people we've met from around the country. We'll get back home around May 1, regroup and then head for the Indy 500. Busy spring in the RV.
 
So besides Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana will be part of the spring tenderloin tour. Then later this summer we have a tenderloin in sight in Hagerstown, Maryland.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/25 19:50:30
Davydd,
 
Christy's Tasty Queen, in Kansas City, KS, is a reasonable detour off of I-35, and one worth making.
 
I highly, highly, HIGHLY (that's three "highlys", four if you count that last one) recommend a stop there on your journey.  I was introduced to Christy's by my BIL a couple of years ago.  Since then we have made it a point to stop there on every one of our subsequent KC visits.
 
Christy's serves a brilliant BPT!  Immense in area, but still thick enough to hold in all its juices and remain tender.  On my last visit, I tried folding the BPT in half in the bun in order to make it more manageable.  Indeed, it mostly managed to fit inside the bun, but then, getting my mouth open wide enough to accommodate the sudden height of the sandwich became an issue.  It was a good problem to have.
 
There is one potential drawback at Christy's: They have no indoor eating area.  If Kansas City were having a milder winter, I'd say sit at one of the picnic tables outside (We did that on our first visit when temps were in the 40s and 50s and there wasn't a flake of snow to be found), but I think you might be overwhelmed by this season's snow and cold.  Christy's BPT is so good though, it is worth eating in your car and risking a glob of your preferred condiment hitting your shirt.
 
BTW, Christy's normal BPT condiment compliment is mayo, lettuce, and pickles.  Last time I was there, I asked for them to make one up like a Hamburger; ketchup, mustard, pickle, and onion, and found that to be more to my liking.
 
Have a great trip!
 
Buddy
 
Christy's Tasty Queen
1405 S. 55th St., Kansas City, KS 66106
(913) 287-2800
kennyb
Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/25 20:34:44
you won;t be sitting outside anytime sone. another 15inches of snow coming our way.
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/25 21:20:04
kennyb

you won;t be sitting outside anytime sone. another 15inches of snow coming our way.

You can keep that AWFUL four letter word, we will stick to our 2+ inches of RAIN!
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/26 07:46:42
Davydd

Paul,
The Riverside Club in Mission, Texas. I've known about it for years but have never gotten down there. Some RVers we met in Talkeetna, Alaska who write a blog on their travels posted a picture of their tenderloin on my Facebook page.

We plan to kind of bum around for a couple of months in Texas and maybe even go over to Arizona and New Mexico. We'll start out at South Padre Island to meet some friends staying in a condo there and then travel about and come back to South Padre Island in April for a Class B camper van social with several people we've met from around the country. We'll get back home around May 1, regroup and then head for the Indy 500. Busy spring in the RV.

So besides Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana will be part of the spring tenderloin tour. Then later this summer we have a tenderloin in sight in Hagerstown, Maryland.

 
DavyDD:  I have been through Mission several times.  A very fertile part of TX particular south of the border.  Whole lot of produce raised in that part of the country.  Unlike the rest of TX, apparntly they get a lot of precip.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/26 07:47:13
Davydd

Paul,
The Riverside Club in Mission, Texas. I've known about it for years but have never gotten down there. Some RVers we met in Talkeetna, Alaska who write a blog on their travels posted a picture of their tenderloin on my Facebook page.

We plan to kind of bum around for a couple of months in Texas and maybe even go over to Arizona and New Mexico. We'll start out at South Padre Island to meet some friends staying in a condo there and then travel about and come back to South Padre Island in April for a Class B camper van social with several people we've met from around the country. We'll get back home around May 1, regroup and then head for the Indy 500. Busy spring in the RV.

So besides Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana will be part of the spring tenderloin tour. Then later this summer we have a tenderloin in sight in Hagerstown, Maryland.

 
DavyDD:  I have been through Mission several times.  A very fertile part of TX particular south of the border.  Whole lot of produce raised in that part of the country.  Unlike the rest of TX, apparntly they get a lot of precip.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/26 11:17:11
BuddyRoadhouse

Davydd,

Christy's Tasty Queen, in Kansas City, KS, is a reasonable detour off of I-35, and one worth making.

I highly, highly, HIGHLY (that's three "highlys", four if you count that last one) recommend a stop there on your journey.  I was introduced to Christy's by my BIL a couple of years ago.  Since then we have made it a point to stop there on every one of our subsequent KC visits.

Christy's serves a brilliant BPT!  Immense in area, but still thick enough to hold in all its juices and remain tender.  On my last visit, I tried folding the BPT in half in the bun in order to make it more manageable.  Indeed, it mostly managed to fit inside the bun, but then, getting my mouth open wide enough to accommodate the sudden height of the sandwich became an issue.  It was a good problem to have.

There is one potential drawback at Christy's: They have no indoor eating area.  If Kansas City were having a milder winter, I'd say sit at one of the picnic tables outside (We did that on our first visit when temps were in the 40s and 50s and there wasn't a flake of snow to be found), but I think you might be overwhelmed by this season's snow and cold.  Christy's BPT is so good though, it is worth eating in your car and risking a glob of your preferred condiment hitting your shirt.

BTW, Christy's normal BPT condiment compliment is mayo, lettuce, and pickles.  Last time I was there, I asked for them to make one up like a Hamburger; ketchup, mustard, pickle, and onion, and found that to be more to my liking.

Have a great trip!

Buddy

Christy's Tasty Queen
1405 S. 55th St., Kansas City, KS 66106
(913) 287-2800

If Christy's Tasty Queen is a seasonal place we may not be able to stop on the way down but could on the way back toward the end of April. No problem with no indoor eating area. We bring our own.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/02/26 14:59:41
They're open year round.  Only their outdoor seating area is seasonal.
 
Buddy
CNW
Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/03/02 05:53:43
I find the best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich in the Kansas City Area to be at Jerry's Café on the southeast corner of 103rd and State Line Rd. Jerry is a former butcher who used to own the Woodsweather Café in the West Bottoms. The BPT sandwich is $6.99 by itself, or $8.99 with fresh cut French fries and a drink. I've been to Christy's but I prefer Jerry's. Jerry's also has the benefit of being easier to get to if you are passing through town. Just take the State Line Rd exit off of I435, turn north, turn right into the first strip mall (Watt's Mill) before you come to the light. It is toward the east end of the mall. An added advantage is that it is just a couple doors down from Jasper's Italian Restaurant considered by many food publications to be one of the 50 best Italian Restaurants in the nation.
 
CNW
 
P.S. He is open 6am-3pm daily and everything on the menu is excellent.
gregsgoatfarm
Hamburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/03/17 13:03:44

 
Enjoyed "The Hoosier Tenderloin" yesterday at The Aristocrat Pub located on N. College Ave. in the SoBro district of Indianapolis.
http://aristocratpub.com/Home.html
 
It was pounded a little thin for my taste but was still moist, tender, and flavorful. There actually is a bun in the picture.
 
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/03/17 13:39:55
CNW I find the best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich in the Kansas City Area to be at Jerry's Café on the southeast corner of 103rd and State Line Rd. Jerry is a former butcher who used to own the Woodsweather Café in the West Bottoms. The BPT sandwich is $6.99 by itself, or $8.99 with fresh cut French fries and a drink. I've been to Christy's but I prefer Jerry's. Jerry's also has the benefit of being easier to get to if you are passing through town. Just take the State Line Rd exit off of I435, turn north, turn right into the first strip mall (Watt's Mill) before you come to the light. It is toward the east end of the mall. An added advantage is that it is just a couple doors down from Jasper's Italian Restaurant considered by many food publications to be one of the 50 best Italian Restaurants in the nation.

CNW

P.S. He is open 6am-3pm daily and everything on the menu is excellent.
Don't know how I missed this when it was originally posted, but I'm glad I caught today.  I've heard good things, both about Jerry's and Woodsweather Cafe.  I've always meant to try them, but never had the right timing or opportunity when we were in town.  I'll need to make a special point of getting over there next time we we visit.
 
Thanks for the reminder, CNW.
 
Buddy
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/03/17 23:07:51
gregs - that's one amazing looking pork tenderloin platter!!!  The place looks like fun, too.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/03/18 22:40:18
BuddyRoadhouse

CNW I find the best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich in the Kansas City Area to be at Jerry's Café on the southeast corner of 103rd and State Line Rd. Jerry is a former butcher who used to own the Woodsweather Café in the West Bottoms. The BPT sandwich is $6.99 by itself, or $8.99 with fresh cut French fries and a drink. I've been to Christy's but I prefer Jerry's. Jerry's also has the benefit of being easier to get to if you are passing through town. Just take the State Line Rd exit off of I435, turn north, turn right into the first strip mall (Watt's Mill) before you come to the light. It is toward the east end of the mall. An added advantage is that it is just a couple doors down from Jasper's Italian Restaurant considered by many food publications to be one of the 50 best Italian Restaurants in the nation.

CNW

P.S. He is open 6am-3pm daily and everything on the menu is excellent.
Don't know how I missed this when it was originally posted, but I'm glad I caught today.  I've heard good things, both about Jerry's and Woodsweather Cafe.  I've always meant to try them, but never had the right timing or opportunity when we were in town.  I'll need to make a special point of getting over there next time we we visit.

Thanks for the reminder, CNW.

Buddy

Buddy, Davy has eaten at Jerry's in the previous incarnation when it was actually in the West bottoms, courtesy of this thread:
 KCRag Forum • View topic - Help davydd find the best breaded Pork Tenderloin in KC!
trzhotel
Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/03/19 09:04:18
Not anything super special, but the Other Place chain of sports bars has two locations in Suburban Kansas City area. One of their owners is a former UNI Panther and KC Chiefs player from a long time ago. This is the loin from their Clear Lake location:

 
 
There is a new restaurant started by a Des Moines native restauranteur with an British Gastropub meets Iowa comfort food theme named Pig & Finch in the Suburbs of KC somewhere, but they don't have a tenderloin on the menu.
Ketteract
Cheeseburger
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2013/04/17 07:35:24
I grew up in Davenport, Iowa and we often went to the Dairy Queen at Five Points. I have memories of them serving very good pork tenderloin sandwiches there, wrapped in foil, but have been unable to find confirmation so far.
 
 (DQ was rather different then too, I think, or at least that one was; it had the feel of a local joint instead of the soulless Grill 'n' Chills that seem to now dominate.)
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/04/17 11:32:38
It looks super special to me!  I love this concept of extreme pork tenderloins on normal buns.
 
trzhotel

Not anything super special, but the Other Place chain of sports bars has two locations in Suburban Kansas City area. One of their owners is a former UNI Panther and KC Chiefs player from a long time ago. This is the loin from their Clear Lake location:



There is a new restaurant started by a Des Moines native restauranteur with an British Gastropub meets Iowa comfort food theme named Pig & Finch in the Suburbs of KC somewhere, but they don't have a tenderloin on the menu.


Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/04/17 12:10:41
We headed south in our RV March 1st and now in hindsight we were fortunate to miss most of the Midwest nasty winter. On our way south we did stop at Nick's in Des Moines, Iowa for a luncheon tenderloin.

We drove on to Kansas City and for dinner we went to the High Noon Saloon & Brewery in Leavenworth, Kansas. You don't have to get too far out of the Midwest area of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri before they start calling the sandwich differently. Despite the western themed restaurant, they called this a Schnitzel Sandwich.

We made it to South Padre Island for a few days and then followed the Rio Grande River toward Big Bend National Park with a stop in Mission, Texas on the way at the Riverside Club right on the edge of the Rio Grande. There outdoor deck is right on the water and they serve a traditional Midwest tenderloin that was outstanding. We were so close to Mexico I probably could have frisbee tossed this one across the river. I have now had maybe the southernmost tenderloin and the northernmost tenderloin (Rusty's in Palmer, Alaska) and the northernmost lower 48 tenderloin at Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail in Minnesota (10 miles from Canada border).

My next tenderloin was at Prejean's in Lafayette (Carencro), Louisiana. Prejean's is a Cajun/Creole restaurant so this breaded pork tenderloin was Cajun seasoned and served on a Po'boy bun. The tenderloin fits the bun, not a Midwestern hangover kind. Also, this one was not on the menu as served. I asked for the addition of fried oysters and fried crawfish tails. There's nothing quite like this anywhere else. Loved it.

We are back in South Padre Island and will soon be heading home to Minnesota so tenderloin opportunities will open up again on our way. Then in May it is on to Indiana.
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/04/17 12:35:44
Davydd

On our way south we did stop at Nick's in Des Moines, Iowa for a luncheon tenderloin.
How would you rate Nick's tenderloin?  Pretty good?  Or something farther to either end of the scale?
 
SW 9th St. has a number of places that've caught my eye as potential RF-style stops, from tenderloins to coney dogs to eggrolls to tacos to pizza.  Weather permitting, I hope to check it out when I'm there next week.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/04/17 13:46:19
I can't help wondering why this is called a tenderloin when it is cut from the loin, not the tenderloin.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/04/17 13:51:47
Maybe because it's "tenderized" by pounding them out to a thinner larger size? The ones I had in college in NE Iowa in the 1960's were as hard a a rock! But that was dorm food!
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/04/17 18:10:42
Not all are cut from the loin though most are. I make my own from tenderloin and I have had a few in restaurants cut from the tenderloin. The Prejean's sandwich may very well have been from a tenderloin. You would be hard pressed to know the difference other than size. It is the tradition tenderizing that gives it its name.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/04/17 18:55:00
To my knowledge, nobody on this site has reviewed more pork tenderloin sandwiches more that DavyDD.  I would take his advice anywhere.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/04/18 12:37:25
Nick's is pretty good. The onion rings are outstanding. I would put Nick's way above nearby Smitty's. in other words I would go back to Nick's but trying Smitty's was a one time thing just to say I did it despite all its rave reviews.
phlmaestro
Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/07/31 22:29:26
I'm in Indiana on vacation and passed through Gnaw Bone today on the way from Bloomington to Columbus. The former Gnaw Bone Food & Fuel has gone out of business again. The sign indicates that May 31st was their last day.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/07/31 22:54:44
Where are you going to eat in Columbus??
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/01 13:07:11
lleechef

Where are you going to eat in Columbus??

I believe it's Columbus, Indiana not Columbus, Ohio.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/01 13:56:32
If you've seen one Columbus, you've seen em all?
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/01 13:58:04
Would the plural be Columbi?
The only time I drove by Gnaw Bone was before it reopened and I'd been hoping for a chance to stop in, but my predilection for finding new routes to the same place has kept me from traveling that stretch of 46 again.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2013/08/01 14:01:07
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/14 14:33:56
We went to Washington DC and Gettysburg a few weeks ago and blew through Indiana without stopping for a tenderloin. I made up for it in Hagerstown, Maryland at the Broad Axe Restaurant and Bar for this true presentation of a Midwest tenderloin in the East.
 

CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/15 19:32:11
HOLY SMOKES - Now i am drooling!!
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/24 14:21:14
It is hard finding pork tenderloin sandwiches in Minnesota compared to Iowa just to the south but I am up to my 40th find. The problem is they don't always call them breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches on the menu which is the accepted term in Iowa though they are pork loins. In this case it was called a Center Cut Pork Cutlet Breaded Between the Buns. Find that in an Internet search along with an unsearchable JPEG reprint of the menu. The clue came when someone mentioned Jaeger Schnitzel in a message as a dinner entree for the restaurant. I figured they must have had a sandwich equivalent and they did. The place is just a short 20 miles west of where I live in the Minnesota farm countryside just outside a small town called New Germany. Fitting. The name was not as fitting. It was called the Hollywood Roadhouse. Apparently the intersection of State Highway 7 and County Highway 33 was once called Hollywood. The loin was hand pounded. I confirmed that on site. It was the same as their Jaeger Schnitzel only on a bun without the gravy and mashed potatoes. The breading was well seasoned and the meat was top quality.
 
http://www.hollywoodroadhouse.com/
 

 
 
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/24 15:37:45
WOW - Thank is one mighty fine piece of oinker!
Nice find Davydd
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/24 16:18:42
Davydd always finds some mighty fine pork tenderloins.  I'll bet he cannot count how many stops he has made a different places???  Just kidding and keeping tabs on this fine man, I would now bet he has kept tabs and a log of each, pics and his opinion of the sandwich.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/24 17:21:30
Actually, I have managed to keep a list and I think I have most of them. They are right here in a Facebook File: http://www.facebook.com/g...doc/10151542494168463/
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/24 17:30:35
I knew it.    Architects are very very organized.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/08/24 18:12:28
Now, to find one in Delaware....
gregsgoatfarm
Hamburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/09/01 08:39:35
Ate at the Overlook Restaurant in Leavenworth, IN, yesterday. Spectacular view of the Ohio River, Kentucky, and more Indiana. The special was BPT. Very, very good rendition - meaty with a tasty breading. Onion rings were overdone and just so so. Furthest south I've been for this sandwich.
 

 
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/09/01 17:58:02
Greg - Good lookin BPT and O Rings
 
The overlook is a wonderful place to have a meal
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/09/01 22:46:22
Many years ago I stopped at the Overlook.  I enjoyed the view, a cocktail and some of their bread.  I wish I had ate there.  Super setting.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/09/02 14:10:53
Over the weekend I headed up to Minnesota's northwoods, Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail. Midway up the Gunflint Trail is the Trail Center Restaurant, one of my favorite places. They serve a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich they call the Smitty's on the menu. A few years ago I asked and they said it was named after Smitty's in Des Moines, Iowa. Having been to Smitty's in Des Moines I can tell you it is not the same. It is a better tenderloin in meat, breading and flavoring in my opinion.

gregsgoatfarm
Hamburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/09/29 08:38:35
Celebrated No. 65 last Wednesday at Black Swan Brew Pub
http://blackswanbrewpub.com/ in Plainfield, IN. Their menu has never been typical pub grub, and their take on the BPT is no different. Called "The Stack" it's two nicely sized breaded tenderloins, tomato, lettuce, and mustard relish on a pretzel bun. I got the impression that substitutions are not especially welcome here due to the difficulty I had just trying to get a simple side of cole slaw.  The sandwich was very substantial and quite good considering that no pickles, onions, or mayonnaise were included. Just less than half of it made a fine breakfast the next day. The fries were only superb. One chooses from 4 different seasonings and then selects one of 4 dipping sauces. The bacon aioli worked for me. The aforementioned slaw was the only disappointment, lacking any sort of flavorful dressing. The entire menu is quite adventurous. I can recommend this place. And the Cream Stout...yum.
 
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/09/29 19:39:36
In my opinion,  Ask Davydd.  on this forum his is by far this best expert on this sandwich.  He has experienced by far more than anyone else of the site.  His experience is double outstanding.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/04 22:48:42
On our recently completed RV trip that took us southwest down to Colorado and Utah and back I found four more breaded pork tenderloins.

The first was in Niobrara, Nebraska at the Two Rivers Saloon. It was an OK sandwich with no pretense to try to be a huge hangover the bun Midwest variety. Actually, since their dinner menu featured a pork tenderloin entree this sandwich could well have been a true pork tenderloin and not a pork loin cut. Also, I am pretty sure it was pan fried and not deep fried.



I was hoping to check out if the Flyway Cafe adopted a pork tenderloin sandwich after I convinced them to make them special for our RV group way back in 2008. As it turned out they are no longer in existence. So, my stop in Niobrara did not go in vain with the Two Rivers Saloon.

My next stop was in Council Grove, Kansas a straight shot south through the Flint Hills and the meeting place for communications on the Sante Fe Trail. I found a little cafe right on the old trail route called the Saddlerock Cafe. I picked the spot not for the tenderloin but because it was local and right on the trail. They featured a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich but it was really more a fritter commodity. Hey, but here is the theme. It still counts.



Continuing west we stopped to camp right in the little town of Ouray, Colorado. Ouray had a couple of brewpubs of which I spent some time. It was a complete accident that I walked by the Western Hotel's Saloon and saw the menu posted in the window mentioning a pork tenderloin sandwich. I was skeptical. In fact I challenged the waitress and she explained the owner was from Iowa. I said no more was needed to be said and I ordered it. It was actually very good and a pleasant surprise in a very cool little town.



My last stop was in Rapid City, South Dakota and totally unplanned. With the government shutdown we were driven out of the Blackhills as nothing was open any longer for camping so we defaulted to a KOA Kampground in the city and decided to try their downtown brewpub, the Firehouse Brewing Co. They had a dinner entree called a Pork Schnitzel with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. The pork schnitzel turned out to be a very good breaded pork tenderloin representation. The only thing missing was a bun. Put a bun to it and it would have been a topnotch sandwich. So, it counts too, IMO.



For a four week trip outside the Midwest I was satisfied in my tenderloin pursuits. It was somewhat luck and persistence. None were pre-planned.
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/04 22:58:03
Phildelmar

Now, to find one in Delaware....

C'mon man, the Broad Axe in Hagerstown, Maryland is not that far away.
photog
Junior Burger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/05 00:19:52
kland01s

I have had tenderloins like that in Peoria, one place is called the Tenderloin Shack and I can't think of the name of the other one but it is in the downtown area near the Civic Center complex. The Culvers chain has a decent tenderloin. They are a small regional chain from Wisconsin that is now in the far west 'burbs of Chicago. You can also get great fried chees curds there!

Please, this is a "foodies" site. Don't recommend Culver's! Their pork tenderloins are a mere shadow of the ones available in Iowa!
There are some places in northern Indiana that you could try if that's closer.
 
gregsgoatfarm
Hamburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/05 07:19:55

 
Wheatley's in Wanamaker, IN, serves fried fish on Fridays. That and breaded pork tenderloins. Thinner than I prefer it was still moist and flavorful. All orders are served carry out style. The pies and cakes are outstanding. Their BPT is also available on "Fried Chicken Sunday".
post edited by gregsgoatfarm - 2013/10/05 07:21:59
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/05 08:41:18
photog

kland01s

I have had tenderloins like that in Peoria, one place is called the Tenderloin Shack and I can't think of the name of the other one but it is in the downtown area near the Civic Center complex. The Culvers chain has a decent tenderloin. They are a small regional chain from Wisconsin that is now in the far west 'burbs of Chicago. You can also get great fried chees curds there!

Please, this is a "foodies" site. Don't recommend Culver's! Their pork tenderloins are a mere shadow of the ones available in Iowa!
There are some places in northern Indiana that you could try if that's closer.


The Culver's tenderloin is a true cut of pork meat and is a lot better than many of the processed pork fritters that can be found in many Iowa, Indiana and Illinois independent but cheap restaurants. Granted, Culver's is a chain and doesn't fit the definition of roadfood, but I see no need to deride them. If one thing, Culver's has become the ambassador spreading the idea of the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich beyond the Midwest borders and they have pretty much done it right.
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/05 10:14:35
Davydd

photog

kland01s

I have had tenderloins like that in Peoria, one place is called the Tenderloin Shack and I can't think of the name of the other one but it is in the downtown area near the Civic Center complex. The Culvers chain has a decent tenderloin. They are a small regional chain from Wisconsin that is now in the far west 'burbs of Chicago. You can also get great fried chees curds there!

Please, this is a "foodies" site. Don't recommend Culver's! Their pork tenderloins are a mere shadow of the ones available in Iowa!
There are some places in northern Indiana that you could try if that's closer.


The Culver's tenderloin is a true cut of pork meat and is a lot better than many of the processed pork fritters that can be found in many Iowa, Indiana and Illinois independent but cheap restaurants. Granted, Culver's is a chain and doesn't fit the definition of roadfood, but I see no need to deride them. If one thing, Culver's has become the ambassador spreading the idea of the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich beyond the Midwest borders and they have pretty much done it right.
Right on, and I just had one the other day. It was great. Also, Culver's is anything BUT "a small regional" chain. They have over 475 locations in 19 states.

amandabanana
Junior Burger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/12 21:30:27
I haven't tried the tenderloin at Culver's yet but there's a restaurant in Carroll, IA called Charlie's and they have an amazing pork tenderloin sandwich! The next time I eat there I'll get a pic of it, but it's so good and very big! The tenderloin is twice the size of the bun and I usually cut the part that's hanging off for my husband to eat because it's too much for me to eat.
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/12 22:09:54

 
Davydd - Just place those taters on the top and forget the bun.  WOW that looks yummy.  I was in Nick's Wednesday, JAB said to say 'Hi".
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/25 21:36:56
Finally, the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich gets some positive notice outside the Midwest. Check out what leads off this video.
 
Best Sandwiches in America
cavandre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/26 07:24:09
Davydd

Finally, the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich gets some positive notice outside the Midwest. Check out what leads off this video.

Best Sandwiches in America

The woman is a so-called sandwich expert, but admits she just learned about the pork tenderloin. Someone needs to check her credentials.

Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/26 08:07:00
Davydd

photog

kland01s

I have had tenderloins like that in Peoria, one place is called the Tenderloin Shack and I can't think of the name of the other one but it is in the downtown area near the Civic Center complex. The Culvers chain has a decent tenderloin. They are a small regional chain from Wisconsin that is now in the far west 'burbs of Chicago. You can also get great fried chees curds there!

Please, this is a "foodies" site. Don't recommend Culver's! Their pork tenderloins are a mere shadow of the ones available in Iowa!
There are some places in northern Indiana that you could try if that's closer.


The Culver's tenderloin is a true cut of pork meat and is a lot better than many of the processed pork fritters that can be found in many Iowa, Indiana and Illinois independent but cheap restaurants. Granted, Culver's is a chain and doesn't fit the definition of roadfood, but I see no need to deride them. If one thing, Culver's has become the ambassador spreading the idea of the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich beyond the Midwest borders and they have pretty much done it right.


I agree with DavyDD:  Culvers has stepped out of the traditional chain and has created burgers, fish and BPT beyound expectations.  That chain is the best of chains and I have never had a bad experience upon my visits with them.  I wish we had them in Tennessee.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
ann peeples
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/26 08:53:27
Paul, you will simply have to come to Wisconsin and visit!
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/26 10:42:21
cavandre

Davydd

Finally, the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich gets some positive notice outside the Midwest. Check out what leads off this video.

Best Sandwiches in America

The woman is a so-called sandwich expert, but admits she just learned about the pork tenderloin. Someone needs to check her credentials.

That's because she is a cooking light expert who just recently come over to the dark side of deep-fried cooking.
 
However, the point is very few people outside the Midwest have any knowledge of the Midwest breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. I travel enough to know that.
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