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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2007/12/26 16:12:08 (permalink)
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OK BPT EXPERTS---- What is the ideal thickness to pound the tenderloins out to?? I know that doesn't sound like good English, but I think you know what I mean.

I would shoot for 1/4" to 3/8" so they will fry correctly at 360degF+. I notice a lot of cuts are thicker and they are usually pork loin and not tenderloin. I also notice those that try for a thicker sandwich often do not fry well. They often turn out to be too greasy.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2007/12/29 19:40:07 (permalink)
I noticed, however, that Porky's in Des Moines was dark when I drove by last week. Might have had something to do with the holidays. The tenderloin there really isn't very good. My vote for best tenderloin in Iowa goes to the Colony Inn in Ventura (near Clear Lake).

In other tenderloin news, there's a new place directly across from Drake University in Des Moines that specializes in bpt's but they really aren't all that great.

Anybody have any interest in a tenderloin road trip in Iowa in the spring?
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2007/12/29 19:54:38 (permalink)
Jay,

Colony Inn in Ventura near Clear Lake is reachable for me on a day trip. I may give it consideration next spring. On my way to Niobrara SP in Nebraska for an RV B van rally next June I may make another swing through Iowa. I've two more former IPPA winners to try yet.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2007/12/29 20:11:36 (permalink)
Go to this website, www.essentiallowa.com if you want good Iowa pork tenderloin sandwiches.
I only about 100 miles Northeast from St.Olaf, Iowa where they serve a Monster pork sandwich.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2007/12/29 20:14:59 (permalink)
Heh. Thanks Birdhunter. That's my web site. I haven't updated it in awhile because I've been battling cancer (a fight, by the way, that I am winning).

By the way, here's a direct link to the pork tenderloin page:
http://essentialiowa.com/indepthpork.html
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2007/12/29 20:43:22 (permalink)
Good Luck with your cancer,they have great drugs to control this.
You have done a greaat job on this site for Iowa Pork.
Have you ever had the pork sandwich at the Rustix in Humbolt,Iowa?
It is suppose to be the #2 tenderloin in the state for 2007.
I'm going to try the one at St.Olaf on my cycle this summer with some friends for a lunch ride.
Good Luck,George from LaCrosse,Wi.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2007/12/29 20:47:53 (permalink)
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Good Luck with your cancer,they have great drugs to control this.
You have done a greaat job on this site for Iowa Pork.
Have you ever had the pork sandwich at the Rustix in Humbolt,Iowa?
It is suppose to be the #2 tenderloin in the state for 2007.
I'm going to try the one at St.Olaf on my cycle this summer with some friends for a lunch ride.
Good Luck,George from LaCrosse,Wi.


Thanks. I haven't tried it but I think Davydd has and found it to be good. Or maybe someone else on the board. You need to stop at Gunder for a Gunder Burger. It's a great destination for cyclists and they have a nice beer selection. Gunder isn't far from St. Olaf, but I doubt you could eat a St. Olaf tenderloin AND a Gunder Burger in one weekend, let alone one day.

Also in that neck of the woods, Ruby's in Decorah has the best breakfast I've eaten in Iowa. Try the cinnamon rolls and the biscuits and gravy. And the pancakes.

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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2007/12/29 21:25:45 (permalink)
I have been to Gunder and had the Philly Steak sandwich,it was wonderful,large.Try small burger next time.
I went thru St.Olaf which is east of Gunder and never knew about the tenderloin sandwich.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2007/12/29 22:32:37 (permalink)
I stopped at the Rustix in Humboldt. My comments are in this thread.

http://www.roadfood.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23122

Bottom line. I would not recommend going out of your way. It was average. You should go to St. Olaf, Townhouse Supper Club in Wellsburg, or Suzie Q's in Mason City.

Jay,

The Colony Inn website menu mentions no pork tenderloin sandwich which could explain why I never found it. For that matter they mention no sandwiches or burgers of any kind. I have to believe that was an oversight. I can't imagine a small town restaurant not offering burgers and sandwiches.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2007/12/29 22:42:12 (permalink)
I've eaten several there. They are the big-as-your-plate variety that spill out of the bun. They are nicely seasoned and the breading is a little bit spicy. The Colony (which I also refer to as "The Colon" because of the impact eating a giant tenderloin has on my body0 is a typical small town bar with a friendly bartender, juke box and pool table. There's a separate dining room and it has a pleasant area outside that is nice on summer days, complete with some sheltered seating and a lovely little stream that cuts through the area. It's park-like. The owners also run a restaurant on the other side of Clear Lake that features pretty good breakfasts, including amazing everything hash browns loaded with cheese, onions, breakfast meats, hot peppers, etc. I can't for the life of me remember the name of the place right now but it's one of the more popular breakfast venues.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/01/14 21:00:44 (permalink)
2008 is the 100th Anniversary of Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, IN. The local Huntington Herald-Press published a nice article on Nick's Kitchen, owned by the way by Jean Anne Bailey, janicks online here at Roadfood.com.

http://www.h-ponline.com/articles/2008/01/14/news/001nickskitchen.txt

They are noted for inventing the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich and in my opinion to this day still serve the best.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/01/22 14:53:09 (permalink)
Hello,

I made it to an often mentioned Tenderloin served at the St. Olaf Tap in Northeastern Iowa. This one clearly lives up to the hype, it was very good. The tenderloin had the fat trimmed from it and was lightly breaded, almost health food. I can't believe I drove past this town on the state highway before, why don't they put a sign up or something? Its worth the drive north from Elkader. I was in a hurry to get to Butler County that day, so I finished it in my car. I could have eaten two of these things as they are so light compared to other super jumbo tenderloins.





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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/01/22 15:46:02 (permalink)
trzhotel,

I see they are not slacking off in size. Still big as ever. The next time you are in the area go on up to Gunder and try the Gunderburger there. St. Olaf and Gunder have two gems of a sandwich hidden away in northeastern Iowa.

Here is the other St. Olaf Tap visit.

http://www.roadfood.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=423&whichpage=17
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/01/28 15:51:19 (permalink)
Two places in Indianapolis,Indiana for really good pork tenderloins are The Legal Beagle and the Lockerbie Pub. I like mine breaded with lettuce, onion, mayo.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/01/29 11:47:20 (permalink)
2 places Betty's on Main St. Marseilles Illinois off of Rt 6 & I-80 exit 97. Polansics Meat Market in Ottawa,Ill make & sell them frozen. I bring a boat load abck to Va i am almost out so i need to go home soon .
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/02/05 15:28:33 (permalink)
There was a nice short article (blog) in Muncies Star Press today.. John Carlson and his tenderloin club report on the best in East Central Indiana: http://orig.thestarpress.com/blogs/aceswild/2008/02/best_tenderloin_heres_one_guys.html
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/02/05 19:03:21 (permalink)
He said Abel's in Anderson, IN and then another responder piped in that Abel's was closed. Anyone know. I put my 2 cents in too.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/02/05 19:55:41 (permalink)
This past weekend we visited Wabasha, MN on our way home from La Crosse, WI. Wabasha has the newly opened National Eagle Center, a recommended stop if you are ever in the area. After our visit to the Eagle Center we stopped at Slippery's Bar & Grill for a late lunch. They had both breaded pork tenderloins and Walleye sandwiches on the menu so my wife and I ordered both and shared them. The breaded pork tenderloin sandwich like the Walleye sandwich was so so. I guess their hamburger carries the day for them. That and the fact they live off their reputation of being featured in the 1993 movie Grumpy Old Men and 1995 movie Grumpier Old Men with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. They have a nice riverside view of the Mississippi River and soaring American bald eagles. Here is the sandwich.



I give them points for having the right kind of classic diner coffee mugs.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/02/22 12:06:03 (permalink)
My ongoing search for new and exciting tenderloins often leads me to dead ends like places that have closed, or have switched to frozen tenderloins.

Often I will drive past a town, only to discover it has a tenderloin serving establishment worth visiting. For example, New London Iowa was just a mile off of my route once, and I could have entered this contest dsacribed in the story below and eaten tederloins free for a year:

http://www.thehawkeye.com/Story/Short_stop_loins_111807
"NEW LONDON --The betting doesn't involve chips, rather tasty homemade tenderloins.
Patrons of the Short Stop restaurant in New London are hoping to cash in on the latest promotion: Who is going to buy the 20,000th tenderloin and then get a free one each month for a year?..."

On another note, I found one in Bellevue Nebraska at the Dairy Twist:




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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/28 21:46:18 (permalink)
Sometimes you feel like a BPT and sometimes you don't. Today I felt like a BPT so I drove 23 miles to the Lookout Bar & Grill in Maple Grove, MN. The place has been in business since 1958 yet it was in a seemingly new residential area of single family homes. My conclusion was that at one time it was a country bar & Grill out in the middle of nowhere on a hilltop. I was going for their breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. It was served on sourdough toast with Swiss cheese, lettuce and chipotle mayonnaise along with fries for $7.49. I'll have to think about it but I am just about ready to say this is the best I've had in Minnesota. It was that good.

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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/31 14:51:29 (permalink)
Best BPT in Minnesota? We Iowans say that's like being the tallest midget in the circus Seriously, it looks good. I was in the Twin Cities for 24 hours this weekend and was trying to find something good to get the taste of Mall of America out of my mouth. Isn't there a funky bowling alley with a good menu in Minneapolis?

By the way, the BPT looks to be served on toast and it looks just a smidgen pink. I don't worry about pork being cooked through like I use d to but I have never seen a medium bpt.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/31 16:00:29 (permalink)
How about the Byrant Lake Bowl at Lyndale and Lake?

http://www.bryantlakebowl.com/menu.html


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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/31 16:24:37 (permalink)
Jay,

It was done. The pinkish tint could just be the lighting. On the north side of Minneapolis the Eastern European ethnic influence seems to have a penchant for toast instead of buns and Minnesotan in general seem to like to add cheese.

Bryant Lake Bowl unfortunately does not have a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. I know of two bowling alleys that do. Elsie's in Northeast Minneapolis and Mady's in Columbia Heights. I haven't gone to either yet. In due time I guess. It is my understanding they both serve BPTs on toast as well.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/31 16:28:04 (permalink)
When you meeting me in Ventura for a Colony Inn tenderloin?

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Jay,

It was done. The pinkish tint could just be the lighting. On the north side of Minneapolis the Eastern European ethnic influence seems to have a penchant for toast instead of buns and Minnesotan in general seem to like to add cheese.

Bryant Lake Bowl unfortunately does not have a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. I know of two bowling alleys that do. Elsie's in Northeast Minneapolis and Mady's in Columbia Heights. I haven't gone to either yet. In due time I guess. It is my understanding they both serve BPTs on toast as well.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/31 16:39:33 (permalink)
This is a good place:

The Park Tavern Bowling & Entertainment Center
3401 Louisiana Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

http://www.parktavern.net/

They serve their BPT on a bun.

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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/31 16:45:10 (permalink)
Davydd-
This weekend I will be in Omaha. I am thinking about driving over to Darrell's Place in Hamlin for a BPT. What do you think of the place?
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/31 16:57:55 (permalink)
Buffetbuster,
Let me throw in my 2 cents worth in. If I had to pick a BPT in Southwest Iowa to eat as representing the best in the area, I would go to Larsen's Pub in Elk Horn, IA. Their BPT won last year's award. Darrell's Place does a good BPT as does my restaurant, but, if you want the best, IMHO, eat at Larsen's.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/31 17:06:07 (permalink)
mhill95,

I forgot to mention the Park Tavern. I've been there. I put their tenderloin near the bottom of my list. It was not a go back for me. Also, I forgot to mention Alleygators on Bass Lake Rd off I-494. They have a pretty decent tenderloin on a bun.

buffetbuster,

Right in the same area as Darrell's Place is Larsen's Pub in Elk Horn and The Farmer's Kitchen in Atlantic. Larsen's Pub was the 2007 Iowa Pork Producer's Association BPT winner. The Farmer's Kitchen was a former runner-up. The Farmer's Kitchen is owned by Blizzardstormus a Roadfood.com member and they have great homemade pie. Then if you go to Elk Horn you may end up enticed by the Danish bakery and restaurant. It would be a tough decision. I did hit all three here and maybe this will help...

http://www.roadfood.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23122

Darrell's Place was the smallest sandwich of the three and by that time I didn't have room to try their pies. Darrell's Place and the Farmer's Kitchen are small town family restaurants. Larsen's is a bar type restaurant. If I had to make a recommendation I would say go to the Farmer's Kitchen because I know you like Pie made by a real mom.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/31 17:28:55 (permalink)
I'm so far from the Midwest that I have to make my own. Take a pork tenderloin slice and pound it thin. Dredge in flour and marinate in buttermilk overnight. Next morning press tenderloin in breading of choice (I choose panko most of the time). In a few hours the breading will be set so you can fry it up. Place on a bun with choice of fixings.

Melt in your mouth.

First tenderloin I ever had was in Gnawbone, IN.
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RE: Pork Tenderloins 2008/03/31 18:05:46 (permalink)
The Park Tavern in St. Louis Park is one of my usual watering holes.. Fun atmosphere but the food is nothing too special.. I do like the BPC (BBQ Pulled Chicken) because it is served with slaw on the roll. The pizza is pretty standard but good. I will try the BPT on my next visit and report...

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