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Darrell's Place

4010 1st St., Hamlin, IA - (712) 563-3922
With incredible tenderloins and sweet draft root beer, Darrell’s Place is another sparkling jewel in the BPT crown of Audubon County.
100% Approval Rating (6 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Rhubarb Pie
Sour Cream Raisin Pie
Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Popcorn Chicken
Steak Sandwich
Onion Straws
1919 Draft Root Beer
Jell-O
Cheeseburger

Highlighted Reviews

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Chris & Amy Ayers - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Audubon County in western Iowa is serious Breaded Pork Tenderloin country, and that may be due in part to Darrell’s Place. This small diner in Hamlin won the 2004 Iowa Pork Producers Association Award for the Best BPT sandwich, and this spotlight most likely raised ..."   [Read More]
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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Back in 2004, Darrell's took the blue ribbon in the first-ever Iowa Pork Producers Association tenderloin competition; and based on recent tastings, we can say with assurance that the kitchen has not lost its touch. This is one handsome hunk of pounded-tender pork, ..."   [Read More]
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Jim Ellison - Photos (1)
December 14, 2006
"Darrell’s Place is an easy place to miss even though it is located in a very small town. If it were not for the sign, it would be easy mistaking this restaurant for some other type of business and just drive by. Finding Darrell’s is well worth the effort. In 2004, ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

4010 1st St., Hamlin, IA
(712) 563-3922

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Of all the four-star tenderloins in Iowa. Darrell's is among the very best, bound in a crunchy wave of crust and fairly bursting with juice at first bite.
"Of all the four-star tenderloins in Iowa. Darrell's is among the very best, bound in a crunchy wave of crust and fairly bursting with juice at first bite."
Michael Stern





It's very nice when a restaurant offers tremendous visual appeal, like, say, Sweatman's in South Carolina or the Lobster Shack in Maine. But utter lack of visual appeal can have its own beguiling appeal. I love the fact that Darrell's makes no effort whatsoever to look pretty, but makes all the effort in the world to serve first-class Iowa food.
"It's very nice when a restaurant offers tremendous visual appeal, like, say, Sweatman's in South Carolina or the Lobster Shack in Maine. But utter lack of visual appeal can have its own beguiling appeal. I love the fact that Darrell's makes no effort whatsoever to look pretty, but makes all the effort in the world to serve first-class Iowa food."
Michael Stern


A locavore's delight, Darrell's rhubarb pie is made with stalks from regular customers' gardens. The crust is elegant, the sweet, soft ice cream on top a perfect pie-plant foil.
"A locavore's delight, Darrell's rhubarb pie is made with stalks from regular customers' gardens. The crust is elegant, the sweet, soft ice cream on top a perfect pie-plant foil."
Michael Stern


This handsome steak sandwich is served on a sturdy sub roll.
"This handsome steak sandwich is served on a sturdy sub roll."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Darrell’s calls this popcorn chicken, as if these deliciously tender slabs derive from Brobdignian kernels.
"Darrell’s calls this popcorn chicken, as if these deliciously tender slabs derive from Brobdignian kernels."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Fresh cheeseburgers and crunchy onion straws round out the red-meat menu.
"Fresh cheeseburgers and crunchy onion straws round out the red-meat menu."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Darrell's looks like a hundred other restaurant/bars, but the food it serves is peerless.
"Darrell's looks like a hundred other restaurant/bars, but the food it serves is peerless. "
Michael Stern


If you can find this sign, you are close.
"If you can find this sign, you are close. "
Jim Ellison


Darrell’s award-winning sandwich is one of Audubon County’s finest BPTs.
"Darrell’s award-winning sandwich is one of Audubon County’s finest BPTs."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The dairy-country fave: sour cream raisin pie
"The dairy-country fave: sour cream raisin pie"
Michael Stern


I cannot tell you that this Jell-O is extraordinarily excellent, but it warms my heart to find it on the menu.
"I cannot tell you that this Jell-O is extraordinarily excellent, but it warms my heart to find it on the menu."
Michael Stern


Another BPT shot.  Photo by Jim Ellison.
"Another BPT shot. Photo by Jim Ellison."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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