Since 2003, the Iowa Pork Producers Association has named a Best Breaded Tenderloin in the state. (Except for in 2004 when they named the best grilled version.) I’ve devoured six of the award-winners, indulging in the current winner just last month at Buck’s Bar and Grill in Mitchellville.
Truthfully, I’m really not much of a tenderloin fan. It’s not something I typically order while dining out, but for some reason I’m drawn to trying the award winners.
I arrived at Buck’s about 1 p.m. and hungry. Which was a good thing because the tenderloins are huge. I’m talking spilling way out of the bun huge. Did I mention it’s also served with fries? It took me a while, but I did manage to eat the whole tenderloin. And I have to say, it was quite delicious!
Here’s the full list of winners. How many have you had? Where do you think the best tenderloin is?
2003 – Darrell’s Place, Hamlin
2004 – Suburban Restaurant, Ames (grilled)
2005 – Dairy Sweet, Dunlap
2006 – The Town House Supper Club, Wellsburg
2007 – Larsen’s Pub, Elk Horn
2008 – Augusta Restaurant, Oxford
2009 – Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Prairie City
2010 – Buck’s Bar & Grill, Mitchellville
2011 – Gramma’s Kitchen, Walcott
2012 – Breitbach’s Country Dining, Balltown
- Jessica O’Riley, Iowa Tourism Office