We all know that if Iowa had a state food, it would be the pork tenderloin. There is nothing quite like an Iowa pork tenderloin, crispy and breaded to perfection. Next time you get the craving, check out these 10 restaurants in Iowa – they serve up the best tenderloins in the state:
1. Belmond Drive-In, Belmond
This restaurant in Belmond (which opened in October of 2014) may be new, but they have the pork tenderloin game figured out - they even won the Iowa Pork Producers' Association's Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest in 2015.
2. The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill, Ogden
The Lucky Pig in Ogden, which was the 2014 Pork Producers' Best Tenderloin winner, is another great place to check out. Their serving sizes are generous, and they find the perfect balance of crispy and tender.
3. River Rock Cafe, Mt. Pleasant
River Rock Cafe is a little ways from town, but it's totally worth the drive. Not only is the riverside atmosphere fun and unique, but they serve up some of the best tenderloins around - they even won the Iowa Pork Producers' Best Tenderloin award in 2013.
4. Breitbach's Country Dining, Balltown
Iowa's oldest bar and restaurant, it's no surprise that Breitbach's has perfected the Iowa classics - including the pork tenderloin. Aside from their delicious buffet and to-die-for homemade pies, their tenderloins are also a must-try. They even won the 2012 best tenderloin award from the Iowa Pork Producers.
5. Gramma's Kitchen, Walcott
Since 1984, Gramma's Kitchen in Walcott has been serving up Iowa soul food, including their award-winning pork tenderloins, which took home the 2011 best tenderloin award from the Iowa Pork Producers'.
6. Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe, Prairie City
Goldie's pork tenderloins might not be the most gargantuan ones out there, but they certainly make up for it in taste. In fact, they're so good that Goldie's won the IPPA's Best Tenderloin award in 2009.
7. Augusta Restaurant, Oxford
Augusta Restaurant in Oxford may serve up some of the best New Orleans-style Cajun food in the state, but they know their Midwest classics just as well - they even won the IPPA's Best Tenderloin award in 2008.
8. Larsen's Pub, Elk Horn
Larsen's Pub in Elk Horn has that Danish-meets-Midwest feel, but they totally pull it off. Their pork tenderloins are not only huge and delicious, but award-winning, too. In 2007, Larsen's Pub was voted best pork tenderloin by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
9. Townhouse Supper Club, Wellsburg
Located in the tiny town of Wellsburg, the Townhouse Supper Club offers a massive pork tenderloin, with a taste just as big. The sandwich, which won the 2006 IPPA Best Tenderloin award, is a must-try for 'loin-lovers in Iowa.
10. Dairy Sweet, Dunlap
Back in 2005, Dairy Sweet won the Iowa Pork Producers' Best Tenderloin award, and 11 years later, they still have one of the best tenderloins in the state.
With so many more places to get a delicious pork tenderloin in Iowa, this list just barely scratches the surface. Where do you go to get your tenderloin fix?
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