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Don't Miss Out on Lunch at Larsen's Pub in Elk Horn
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Don't Miss Out on Lunch at Larsen's Pub in Elk Horn

For those who know me, it’s no secret I like eating. That being said, it should come as no surprise that I had to stop at Larsen’s Pub when I was recently in the sweet little Danish community of Elk Horn.

After spending the morning touring the Danish Windmill, I found myself ready for lunch. I asked for a reference from the local welcome center staff and their vote was unanimous for Larsen’s Pub.

After a quick walk up to their main street, I found the little pub nestled between two other downtown businesses. A bell dinged as I walked in the door and a woman I took to be Mrs. Larsen popped around the counter, followed quickly by her husband.

The pub was cute and quaint and reminded me of something I might find in my own small Iowa town. For not being the lunch hour, it was also surprisingly busy. I suppose when the food is this good, you can't wait until lunch time to get in the door. I slid into a booth and looked over the menu. 

I already knew what I wanted when the waiter approached me, but I asked anyway. “What is the best thing on the menu?”

He met my gaze with wide eyes and an ear to ear grin and proudly told me, “The pork tenderloin is what we are best known for.”

He wasn’t messing around.

The tenderloin came breaded on a bun with pickles and onion. I added a smidge of ketchup and the rest is history. I could easily taste why Larsen’s Pub was voted Iowa’s best tenderloin a few years ago. The proof was in the pudding or, I guess today, it was in the pork. 

For more information about Elk Horn, the Danish Windmill, or Larsen’s Pub, please visit

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    This sounds just fantastic!
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