Illinois February 05, 2018
The 10 Best Tenderloins In The Midwest Are Right Here In Illinois
Though typically associated with our neighbor to the east, Illinois is no stranger to deep-fried pork products. We’re home to some of the best tenderloins in the Midwest, and you’ve got try them all.
Hand-cut and pounded out, then dredged in batter and fried, these hearty sandwiches are impossible to resist. Keep scrolling for all the best places in our fabulous state to find them.
1. Schooners (810 E Grove Street in Bloomington)
Known as one of the absolute biggest and best tenderloins in Illinois, you may need to ask for extra buns to finish it. THe restaurant has been in business since 1983, and the King Tenderloin is one of the things that has kept it going so long. Other popular eats at this place are buffalo wings and beer-battered chicken.
2. Hungry Moose (4808 W Farmington Road in Peoria)
Open daily from 6 a.m. until just 2 p.m., this all-day breakfast spot is popular for one of its more lunch appropriate dishes. This tenderloin is crispy and tender and comes with a soft, gourmet bun. All the food at this family-owned diner is amazing.
3. Airport Steak House (410 Airport Road in Mattoon)
Located at Coles County Memorial Airport, this unique eatery is known for more than just having the best tenderloins in town. Guests can actually watch the runway from large windows in the restaurant as they chow down on delicious comfort food. Pair any meal with the onion rings and don't leave without trying the pie.
4. Busy Corner Restaurant (302 S Eureka Street in Goodfield)
This family-friendly eatery has been around since 2005 and mostly operates as a cafe. Patrons come in for coffee, tea, pie, cheesecake, and more. There is also a full breakfast menu as well as one for lunch and dinner that includes this bad boy. It's 10 ounces of pork deep fried until golden brown.
5. Schultz's Dairy Bar (600 S Main Street in Altamont)
This little-known restaurant serves up a tenderloin that will blow your mind. Those who order this behemoth are always shocked when it comes to the table. Good luck finishing it in one go. Other popular eats served here include pizza, burgers, and homemade ice cream.
6. Smitty's Bar & Grill (308 Gary Street in Leonore)
Open daily for lunch, dinner, and late-night drinks, this unassuming bar & grill serves some of the best food in town. In addition to the best tenderloins in the county, they also serve amazing seafood, pasta, and wings.
7. Hash House A Go Go (1212 N State Parkway in Chicago)
Even the Windy City can't resist a breaded tenderloin. This eatery has several locations around the states that source from local farmers and use fresh ingredients daily. The tenderloin is part of both the brunch and dinner menus.
8. Spoonies Bar & Grill (103 North 3rd Street in London Mills)
Situated along the Spoon River, this rustic yet charming restaurant is home to a sandwich you'll crave for weeks on end. Hand-cut and fried until crispy and golden, this gigantic thing could feed a family of four.
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9. Waterstreet Pub (1525 Water Street in Peru)
The number one seller at this restaurant is a tenderloin you'll never forget. The restaurant is known for having 31 beers on draft at all times, and it even once served as a saloon in 1837. Locals have been stopping by for tenderloins, though, since 2005.
10. Wedron Office (2005 N 35th Road in Wedron)
Just north of Ottawa, this roadside diner is a must-try if you're ever nearby. In addition to tenderloins that will make your taste buds go wild, the restaurant is also known for fried fish, chicken, and homemade soups.
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