We just completed our fall 6 week trip that took us down to Texas and then along the Gulf Coast all the way to Key West, Florida before heading back home. These are the pork sandwiches we encountered on the way there and back.
Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe, Prairie City, IA tenderloin was the 2009 Iowa Pork Producer's best tenderloin sandwich winner. Fried cauliflower is in the background.
The Udder End Cafe, Boonville, MO was the Missouri Pork Association's 2008 best pork tenderloin sandwich winner. The cafe is only open during Tuesday auctions inside the Farmer's Livestock Auction Barn. There is no sign that indicates it is there.
You have to search but you can find tenderloins in Texas. This is not quite a tenderloin but more a deep-fried breaded pork chop sandwich with bone-in that I had a Fugler's Gro, the home of the Bubba Burger.
This is the left over bone after eating the sandwich.
A caterer, Catfish Express out of Marshall, TX was hired to serve at our RV social at Lake 'o the Pines near Marshall, TX. They served primarily a chicken fried steak and catfish buffet style but made up this special breaded pork tenderloin sandwich just for me as a surprise by the social organizer.
The Seaside Bistro in Galveston, TX serves what they call a Schnitzel sandwich. It is a true pork tenderloin sandwich. Texans just don't know what to call it.
Heading over to Florida I had a list of 16 potential restaurants but felt it was better to concentrate on seafood while in Florida so I selectively chose two places. The first was The Mulligan's Pub run by an Indiana University alumnus. The TVs in the background are hint that this is a serious sports bar.
Heading down to Naples, we had this tenderloin at the North Naples Country Club. Surprisingly it was not a true golf country club but an old-time bar and grill right on US Highway 41 run by an expatriate from Illinois. They also serve a tenderloin horseshoe sandwich.
Finally on the way home we stopped at the newly announced 2011 IPPA best pork tenderloin sandwich winner at Gramma's Kitchen in Walcott, IA. Gramma's Kitchen is located at the same I-80 interchange as the world's largest truck stop.
They were all good but the best of the bunch was the Udder End Cafe
. It not only was the largest but for such a large tenderloin it was also the most tender of all. Being in a farmer's auction barn I am sure they probably were using the best cuts of pork loin one could possibly obtain.