Dining August 02, 2017
The World’s Best Tenderloin Sandwiches Can Be Found Right Here In Iowa
There’s no other place on earth that does tenderloins like we do them here in the great state of Iowa. We know our pork…after all, there are actually more pigs here than people.
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Iowans are serious about tenderloins.
You could say it's the state sandwich.
That bun is just a garnish. It's an afterthought, or something to help you hang on to the hot breaded pork.
The fries are nice, but really unnecessary. A proper Iowa tenderloin is a meal. For some, it's two meals.
This one weighs FIVE pounds.
It's the Adam Emmenecker and you can only get this Iowa giant at Jethro's BBQ in Des Moines.
Darrell's Place in Hamlin is committed enough to this Iowa staple that they adorned the cover of their menu with a creative rendition of this pork heaven.
Darrell and Marilyn Munch sell 220 pounds of pork every week. There's only about 250 people in town, so the sandwich must be awesome because they keep coming back.
In 2016, the Iowa Pork Producers Association named Nick's in Des Moines home of the best tenderloin in the state.
It's the first time in the 14 years of the contest that they've picked a Des Moines restaurant for the #1 spot. Nick's was in competition with 384 other restaurants across Iowa.
1901 Chop Haus in Traer took second place last year.
Even if you don't feel like eating a tenderloin, this restaurant belongs on your bucket list. The food is amazing, local, and carefully prepared.
Sweet 'n Saucy made the top 5 best tenderloins in Iowa.
They are located in Fairfield and also get rave reviews.
How do you like your Iowa tenderloin?
Big sandwich - tiny bun? Or lots of breading? Maybe less breading but a thicker slice of pork. Extra crispy?
Who serves your favorite Iowa tenderloin? Vote in the comments. Who knows…we may have to tally the results and do a follow-up article!