We are now on an extended RV trip and we are currently in Louisiana. Believe it or not I do have my eye on a tenderloin here in Louisiana. So far, though, just this one on the 15th.
It was magic! Our first stop was at the Suzie-Q Cafe in Mason City, IA. We got there a little after 1:00 PM and everyone was waiting for our pre-announced stop. How often do you stop at a 10 stool diner (I counted them) and get a magic show of card tricks and disappearing sugar from the Great Levey, Troy Levenhagen, the owner. He also conjured up a great tenderloin. I tried his newest creation, the Spic-N-Span Melt consisting of a deep-fried tenderloin served with melted cheese, grilled fresh onions combined with reconstituted onions on buttered toast. It was a cozy, friendly place and fun to banter with complete strangers. I also took a picture of another patron's regular battered tenderloin on a bun. Nancy had the BLT hoping to eat a little lighter while suffering through a head cold. We also sampled, without bun, their grilled tenderloin and one of their newest creations, the "Cow Pie", a battered and deep-fried Oreo cookie coated with powdered sugar and caramel sauce. We would like to have sampled some other stuff. Another patron ordered a Ribeye burger while we were there. It was a combination Ribeye steak and hamburger. So much food, so little stomach. :(
While we were there a KIMT TV video crew rushed over and interviewed me at the diner. I doubt I made the news cut being not so photogenic, tongue-tied and admitting I was originally from Indiana. ;) There was a Tea Party protest just a block away and when I checked their web site that was the video news.
The Suzie-Q Cafe is worth a stop. It is unique in its size and being a Valentine prefabricated diner built in the 40s and transported to the site from Wichita, Kansas. It first opened in 1948. Here is a diner history... http://www.kshs.org/diners/history.htm
First stop of our trip - the Suzie-Q Cafe in Mason City, Iowa
The Suzie-Q is a 10 stool Valentin Diner. Here's looking from the entrance.
Here is standing in the corner and looking back toward the grill and kitchen
Troy Levenhagen, Owner and the Great Levy preparing a Spic-N-Span tenderloin
Our cook and waitress sporting the "Rated #2 in the Nation" tee shirt.
This is the Spic-N-Span deep-fried pork tenderloin sandwich
This is the new Spic-N-Span Melt, a tenderloin with cheese, reconstituted onions and grilled onions on toast
This is a sample tasting of the grilled tenderloin without the Spic-N-Span
The Suzie-Q Cafe BLT
The rest of the menu
The new items included a Ribeye burger
Finally for dessert, the "Cow Pie", a battered and deep-fried Oreo cookie with powdered sugar and caramel sauce