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Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2013/10/26 14:08:29




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
I just stopped at one in Franklin (near Nashville) last month. Would be quite a drive for you.

Junior Burger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2014/01/23 14:10:00
Does anyone have any good recommendations in the western or south suburbs of Chicago for good BPT's?  New to the area so looking for ideas other than Culver's (pretty good) and a place I found this morning called the Dutch Inn West in Elgin Illinois.  I'll post a review of the Dutch, headed there in a couple hours.  Any help would be appreciated.
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2014/01/23 15:02:10
Welcome, Steve!
Back at the start of page 37 Ezrydr posted about a place in Morris:
I can't remember if he listed any other BPTs so you might try the search function for his other posts.
So are you from Indiana or Iowa?
Junior Burger
RE: Pork Tenderloins 2014/01/23 17:01:34
I was born and raised in Southern Illinois, Streator-Ottawa area.  There was a place called Oogie's Family Root Beer Tree Drive-In, that was where I first fell in love with the breaded pork tenderloin.  I did see the post about the place in Morris and do plan to check it out.  I'm looking for Chicagoland suburbs, Morris is quite the drive.  I did try the bpt from Dutch Inn Elgin, it was good, large tenderloin cut in half and stacked on top of each other.  Normally served with cajun mayo, I had mine with onion, pickle, ketchup, and mustard.  Fries and cole slaw passable but nothing special.  I would, and will go back but hope I can find some more places in the area.
Junior Burger
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/01/24 09:00:28
I used to live in LaSalle county from the time I moved to Illinois (1977) until 1998. I remember Oogies. We used to frequent the one in Ottawa when the bars closed, being they were open 24 hours. Decent tenderloins-reminded me of a Polancic's (another local 'loin). What I REALLY liked about Oogies was their own home-made root beer. We would buy gallons of it to go & I don't even usually drink root beer! Now there's a bank where it used to be. I think I was at the one in Streator once or twice.
The place I was talking about in Morris was Lindey-Gerties. They USED to be in Ottawa back in the '90's. They were on Route 6 in the old Siverfrost Drive-In building. After I moved out to Grundy county I still used to drive to Ottawa for a tenderloin at LG's. Several years later, they actually moved to Morris, so now I have one once a week. They pound'em out right there & they're big as a pizza. If you get there, be sure to try the Special, as it comes with fries, a drink & their award-winning chili. Quite excellent. 
As far as up near Elgin I wouldn't know.
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/03/25 20:02:25
Found this Recipe---Looks GOOD!
Bacon and Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin Medallions
User Rating 5 Star Rating (1 Review)
By Diana Rattray
Bacon and Panko Crusted Tenderloin Medallions
Photo of Pork Tenderloin Medallions © Diana Rattray
These pork tenderloin medallions are quick and easy to prepare and cook, and they make delicious sandwiches! Or, serve with gravy or a mushroom sauce with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 5 slices cooked bacon, crisp
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Trim excess fat from the tenderloin(s) and remove silver skin. Slice in 1-inch rounds. Using your hand or flat side of a meat tenderizer, gently flatten to about 1/2 inch thickness.
In a food processor, combine the panko crumbs, bacon, sage, and thyme. Process until the crumbs and bacon are fine and well blended. Pour into a large shallow bowl.
In another bowl, beat the eggs.
Sprinkle the pork slices lightly with salt and pepper. Put the pork slices in the egg mixture, coating all slices well. Remove a slice from egg mixture, letting excess drip off, and dip into the panko and bacon crumbs, coating both sides thoroughly. Place on a sheet of foil or on a pan and repeat with the remaining pork. Let pork stand for 10 minutes.
Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until butter is foamy. Fry the pork slices for about 5 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through.
These make delicious sandwiches, but would be great with a gravy or sauce with potatoes, too.
Serves 4 to 6.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/03/25 20:13:29
Sounds worth trying
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/06/24 16:47:33
Those of you in the central Indiana area will be happy to know that Hamilton County (just north of Indianapolis) is now sponsoring a "Tenderloin Trail". More information here:
Planning to try a few of these spots as the summer progresses.
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/06/24 20:21:43
I've been to quite a few of those restaurants since I home base at my sister's house in Carmel (Hamilton Co.) for the Indy 500.
Greensburg, Indiana is sponsoring a Tenderloin Throwdown July 19th. The information is here:
Tenderloin Throwdown
BTW, My latest round of tenderloins (quite a few in Iowa, Texas and Indiana) this past spring were included in a trip report found here:
2014 Spring RV Road Tour in Pursuit of the Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/06/24 21:06:25
The Greensburg Party looks killer. And Stories, what a sandwich. But...Greensburg's greatest claim to culinary fame lies elsewhere (and I know this should be a new thread, but all ventures start somewhere).
Eat here. The only Authentic Indonesian Restaurant in several hundred miles in any direction. Eat here. I did last week. 150 miles round trip. Worth it. Will post in the Indonesian section of RF soon.
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/06/29 21:42:04
Hamilton Country Tenderloin Trail  --
3 of these are on my Top 5 list -- Muldoon's, Nickel Plate, Sahm's.
Junior Burger
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/08/15 01:03:43

Now this is one of the best tenderloins I have ever had, it is huge. Found at Smitty's tap in the small town of Leonore, Il
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/08/21 09:38:47
This print, also available as a postcard, is so appropriate for this thread.

Double Cheeseburger
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/08/21 11:26:00
A thing of beauty
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/08/31 12:05:26
About 10 days ago I stopped for lunch at J's Dairy Inn in Liberty, Indiana.  It's a family restaurant that's been around for well over 50 years and naturally there's a BPT on the menu.




I'm no BPT expert but I thought this one was pretty good.  There was a generous amount of crust and it was moist without being greasy, and the sesame seed bun was a nice touch.
These are "jo jos", batter-dipped and deep-fried potato wedges.  The name seems familiar but I think I've only seen it used in Indiana and Ohio.

Filet Mignon
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/08/31 15:37:25
I think Jo-Jo's were a staple at Shakey's Pizza.
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/08/31 15:47:15
Also found at some places serving "Broasted" Chicken.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/08/31 19:16:56
What you are calling Jo Jos in this thread are simply called potato wedges when ordered at Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken here in Cincinnati
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/09/08 19:33:09
Main Street Bar and Grill. Monrovia, IN. 7 miles from my house. Looks nice, but not seasoned well. Tasty rings.
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/09/08 19:42:08
Southport Bar and Grill, Southport, IN
Pounded too thin. Too dry. Nice seasoning and breading. Enjoyable.

Junior Burger
☄ Helpfulby gregsgoatfarm 2015/01/25 06:43:18
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2014/12/19 06:06:28
Agreed with you on the Southport Bar and Grill.  Really good flavor, but my frustration with them is the variance in the size of the sandwich.  I've had them vary from just over the size of the bun to twice the size of the bun. 
My absolute favorite is Bugsy's Sports Grill on I-465 and Brookville Road on the southeast side. 

post edited by forgop - 2014/12/19 06:10:45
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/01/25 06:29:51
Last Monrovia, IN, Festival, a food trailer run by the gentleman who first ran the small restaurant/gas station in Gnawbone, IN. His BPT then was immortalized throughout Indiana. One is still available there but not of the same quality. This one was remarkably good: crisp, juicy, tender, and flavorful. A bit skimpy on the toppings though.

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☄ Helpfulby ModelT1 2015/01/25 19:06:04
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/01/25 12:29:10
Here is the BPT from the Opry Land Gaylord Resort's sports bar.  It's on the thicker and juicier side.  I usually don't add mustard with lettuce and tomato, but it worked here.

Here is one from Hoosiers In Paradise in Fort Myers Beach.  They use beer batter.  I told them it seemed unusual, but the owner said they had owned five restaurants in the Indy area and that is the way they always did it. 

And talking about Hoosier food in Fl, here is the Royal Feast with barbeque sauce and extra cheese from Sir Pizza in Fl (known as Pizza King in central Indiana)

Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/01/25 15:56:18
...sorry, but that looks like typical fast food pizza,certainly not like pizza you'd get around here!!!!
Junior Burger
Re: Pork Tenderloins 2015/01/25 19:04:34
So you want a good pork tenderloin? There are many small restaurants in and around Pekin, Illinois making and serving those good original tenderloin sandwiches on a large bun that takes two hands to hold and a half hour just to get to the bun! Since we haven't been to Pekin for over a year I'm not gonna bother picking out addresses. Just ask the locals. Even "Yesterdays Bar" right on Court Street across from the old courthouse serves up a great tenderlion and ice cold draft beer.
We've gotten great tenderloin sandwiches at Double D's on Willow, a nice little diner in Manito that looks like a log cabin, and even the old A &W which is now called Cranwells on south rt 29.
Misseys downtown is also good for tenderloin sandwiches and a short drive to Peru at the Igloe diner. My best friend Don DeGroot used to run the little Dairy Dream across from the old Pekin High School and made the original recipe tenderloin. Rumor is after Don and Pat retired the new owners use the same recipe and make a great sandwich. I will admit Don's were better. They were free for us!
When Porkys diner was in Des Moines they had great tenderloin sandwiches also.
Junior Burger
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/01/25 19:13:07
plbHere is one from Hoosiers In Paradise in Fort Myers Beach.  They use beer batter.  I told them it seemed unusual, but the owner said they had owned five restaurants in the Indy area and that is the way they always did it. 
And talking about Hoosier food in Fl, here is the Royal Feast with barbeque sauce and extra cheese from Sir Pizza in Fl (known as Pizza King in central Indiana)
Model T-----
Hoosiers does have some good food and the Sir Pizza pizza tastes better than it looks in the photo.
Being from Illinois we've had good food in Indiana and Indiana food made in Florida.
post edited by ModelT1 - 2015/01/25 19:15:15
☄ Helpfulby gregsgoatfarm 2015/03/23 22:09:14
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/01/25 21:49:39
A couple from the small town of Bondurant, Iowa won the lottery a couple years ago and did what any reasonable people would do with the money, they started selling tenderloins. While it may seem like they started a grocery store in their small town because they wanted to bring fresh produce and milk to a bedroom community with nothing more than a few gas station. In truth, they are moving massive quantities of tenderloins and are expanding their fryer facilities to meet demand.

Brick St. Market Grille
114 Brick St.
Bondurant, IA 50035
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/01/29 12:58:08
Finally made it to Culver's in Plainfield, IN, to sample their take on this beloved sandwich. I thought it was very well prepared - not an oversized thin dry underseasoned piece so often encountered here in Indiana. Odd that the toppings were on the bottom though, and it definitely needed more mayonnaise. Still basically an upper level fast food joint. It was jammed when we were there. Had to wait for a table. 4 out of 5 stars.

Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/02/04 22:50:32
I was watching a show titled Mystery Diners, an episode titled Food Cart Catastrophe, and it was awful. The show is just miserably fake and scripted and ridiculous. Nearly every person on screen is a failed actor or extra and everything is just so staged its only watchable for the lulz.
Anyway, the episode about a rogue food cart pod manager featured a food cart with a prominent BPT on the menu and it looks pretty good:
The Burger Guild in Portland
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/03 11:43:21
Looks like the owner of the Suzy Q in Mason City Iowa wants to move on.
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/03 12:48:34
Is it up for sale or is he closing the doors?
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/03 14:43:26
Its listed on Craigslist and there are a couple newspaper articles about the guy moving to Texas
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/04 01:00:53
There have been several owners of that specific Spic and Span tenderloin batter recipe over the years. It would be nice if any new owner carried on with it. The second best in the nation moniker came from me in my old now defunct blog. It was deservedly so from the ambience of the whole package, from the small special diner, to the interesting "magical" owner and family business to the unique tenderloin. You just enjoyed being there.
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/15 15:20:04
Some casino in Council Bluffs has a super crazy brunch drink with a bpt and a bunch of other things tossed on top
foto from:

Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/15 16:10:00
Now that's a Bloody Mary.
ann peeples
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/15 16:12:35
Boy-that is outstanding!
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/16 08:11:53
Going from memory and without going back through 40 pages, it seems that when a pork tenderloin is referenced here it's likely the sandwich version but I see it offered "standalone" fairly often on menus.  For example, this is from a restaurant I hope to visit soon:
"Our Giant 1/2 lb. Pork Tenderloin with a mountain of potatoes on top & lava-like gravy free-flowing from all sides!"
Any strong opinions on the sandwich vs. the entrée?  Is the sandwich distinctly more popular in Iowa and Indiana, with a more even split in other states?
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/16 09:23:27
Went to school in Iowa. The term always referred to the sandwich, but that was a long time ago
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/16 10:37:42
Where did you go to school, and what was the local hot spot when it came to tenderloins?
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/16 10:48:21
Fairfield. The local hot spot was a place in Otumwa, which I have forgotten the name of.
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/16 10:59:11
Heh...for a short time during my junior year of college I dated a girl from Fairfield.
And one of my best friends is an Ottumwa native, so I'll have to ask him about the local tenderloins.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/16 11:10:48
Heh...for a short time during my junior year of college I dated a girl from Fairfield.
And one of my best friends is an Ottumwa native, so I'll have to ask him about the local tenderloins.

Walter O'Reilly? 

Double Cheeseburger
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/16 12:11:16
That was indeed Radar's home town
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/23 21:27:05
The Oasis Diner in Bridgeport, IN, once received "Best of Indy" Breaded Pork Tenderloin awards. Then it fell on hard times. Moved four miles west to Plainfield, IN, where it re-opened just 6 months ago. I think their BPT lives up to the former hype. It is very good. Could have stayed in the fryer just a bit longer. Oh, and their Reuben is superb.
This was my sandwich today.  


post edited by gregsgoatfarm - 2015/03/23 21:55:41
Re:Pork Tenderloins 2015/03/24 04:44:22
Wow...that looks amazing!
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