Dining December 05, 2018
These 9 Tenderloins In Iowa Are Ridiculous… And Ridiculously Tasty
When it comes to tenderloins, Iowa does them best. You’ll find the best tenderloins in the Midwest here, and our small town restaurants and cafes are constantly recognized with awards and accolades. Not all tenderloins are created equal, though, and the handful listed below are the most unique and biggest tenderloins in Iowa. How many have you had?
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1. Goldie's Ice Cream Shop, Prairie City
Goldie's is known for their tasty tenderloins any time of year, but right now, they've got a Pizza Tenderloin on special! Visit before it's gone for good - because this tasty treat combines two of Iowa's favorite foods.
Address: 8578, 304 W 2nd St., Prairie City, IA 50228
2. Bent's Smokehouse, Westgate
Bents Smokehouse in Westgate makes an enormous tenderloin - it's seriously the size of a pizza! They don't skimp on flavor, either - this juicy and crispy tenderloin is one of the best you'll get to try.
Address: 100 Main St., Westgate, IA 50681
3. AJ's Bar and Grill, Mount Sterling
AJ's Bar and Grill is located in a tiny town and kind of hard to find - you might have to follow your nose! This lively grill is a favorite stop for bikers who bring their huge appetites to try and tackle one of the largest tenderloins in Iowa.
Address: 101 Elm St., Mount Sterling, IA 52573
4. Northside Cafe, Winterset
Northside Cafe is a gem of a restaurant in the town of Winterset. While their classic tenderloin is always delicious, you'll want to try one of their specials. From a spicy jalapeno-gouda 'loin to one kicked up with cajun spices and sauces, these unique tenderloins are ridiculously delicious.
Address: 61 E Jefferson St, Winterset, IA 50273
5. The Barnyard Xpress Food Truck, Chillicothe Surrounding Area
The Barnyard Xpress Tenderloin Truck is always a hit when it comes to tracking down interesting tenderloins. You can enjoy their award-winning classic, or you can try a taco tenderloin, a philly cheese-loin, or whatever is on special when you track them down!
Find the truck here
6. St. Olaf Tap
St Olaf's Tap is another tavern in the middle of nowhere that's always got a crowd. If you're looking to conquer their largest tenderloin, you might want to bring a HUGE appetite... and a couple of friends.
Address: 106 S Main St., St Olaf, IA 52072
7. Newton's Cafe, Waterloo
Newton's in Waterloo makes amazing food all-around, but their gigantic tenderloin is a crowd favorite. Don't be intimidated by the fact that it's larger than the plate... you'll wish you could finish it all!
Address: 128 E. 4th St., Waterloo, IA 50703
8. The Blind Pig,
The Blind Pig in Cedar Rapids serves up on of the tastiest tenderloins in Iowa - and it's gigantic. Plan to bring home some leftovers, because you won't want to waste a single bite of this famous juicy pork.
Address: 3325 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
9. Butch's River Rock Cafe, Mt. Pleasant
Butch's River Rock Cafe is one of Iowa's most famous restaurants, and their tenderloin is one reason they always draw a crowd. This off-the-beaten path cabin restaurant is worth tracking down so you can taste the tenderloin that people talk about around the country.
Address: 1529 253rd St., Mt Pleasant, IA 52641
Which of these tenderloin legends is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
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