Best Pork Tenderloin Contest Winners

Each year since 2003, The Big Show and the Iowa Pork Producers Association have been recognizing the "Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin" in the state.  Nominations open in April, the judging takes place in the summer and the winner is announced in October during "National Pork Month."  Congratulations to all of our winners!


1st – PrairieMoon on Main, Prairieburg

2nd – Birdies, Burgers and Brews at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, Graettinger

Top Five:

The Blind Pig, Cedar Rapids

Sasquatch Jacks Hideaway Barroom & Grill, Waverly

Bents Smokehouse & Pub, Westgate


1st – The Pub at the Pinicon, New Hampton

2nd – Stumble Inn, Bradford

Top Five:

Nite Hawk Bar & Grill, Slater

Big Al’s BBQ, Des Moines

West Side Family Restaurant, Grinnell


1st – Three C’s Diner, Corning

2nd – Whatcha Smokin? BBQ + Brew, Luther

Top Five:

The Landmark Bistro, Grundy Center

Nine & Dine, Eagle Grove

Stout’s Irish Pub & Grill, Clinton


1st – Grid Iron Grill, Webster City

2nd – Northside Cafe, Winterset

Top Five:

The Buffalo Tavern, Burlington

Thirsty Carp, Lake View

Double Dip, Chariton


1st – Nick’s, Des Moines

2nd – 1901 Chop Haus, Traer

Top Five:

Sweet n’ Saucy, Fairfield

Stumpy’s Bar and Grill, Duncombe

Willie’s Sports Bar and Grill, Hampton


1st – Belmond Drive-in, Belmond

2nd – Three C’s Diner, Corning

Top Five:

The Recovery Room, Ottumwa

Peru Bar & Grill, Peru

The Office, Lenox


1st – The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill, Ogden

2nd – Brick Street’s Butler Café, Bondurant

Honorable Mention:

TC’s Point After, Dewitt

B & S’s 529, Carroll

Go Fish Marina Bar & Grill, Princeton

Menlo Café, Menlo


1st – River Rock Café, Mt. Pleasant

2nd – 209 Main, Paton

Honorable Mention:

Hard Luck Café, Kalona

Doosky’s Pizza & Patio Restaurant, Hinton

Malarky’s Pub, Storm Lake


1st – Breitbach’s Country Dining, Balltown

2nd – Vinny’s BBQ, Dakota City

Honorable Mention:

The Dog House, Pella

Kelly’s Country Oven, Monticello

Antler’s Pub & Grill, Clare


1st – Gramma’s Kitchen, Walcott

2nd – Country House, Colo

Honorable Mention:

Legal Limit Pub & Grill, Boone

The Rusty Duck, Dexter

Newton’s Paradise Café, Waterloo


1st - Buck’s Bar & Grill, Mitchellville (out of business)

2nd – Happy’s Place, Dubuque

Honorable Mention:

CJ’s, Aspinwall

Boonie’s, Earlville

The Gasthaus, Cherokee


1st - Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Prairie City

2nd - TC’s Point After, DeWitt

Honorable Mention:

Corner Station, Templeton

Tojo’s Bar & Grill, Jamaica

Angle Inn, Walford


1st - Augusta Restaurant, Oxford

2nd - Michael’s Restaurant, Des Moines

Honorable Mention:

The Palmer House, Palmer

Flatheads Bar & Grill, St. Anthony

Hillcrest Golf & Supper Club, Graettinger


1st - Larsen’s Pub, Elk Horn

2nd - Rustix Restaurant, Humboldt

Honorable Mention:

Fat Randi’s Bar & Grill, Van Meter

Junction Bar & Grill, Delta

BK’s Sports Bar & Grill, Ogden


1st - The Town House Supper Club, Wellsburg (now in Cedar Falls)

2nd - The Links Restaurant & Lounge, Panora

Honorable Mention:

Jo’s Bar & Grill, Searsboro

TC’s Point After, DeWitt

St. Olaf Tavern, St. Olaf


1st - Dairy Sweet, Dunlap (under new mgmt.)

2nd - Lou’s Diner, Woodward

Honorable Mention:

Mrs. Bibbs Tenderloins, Des Moines

Big John’s, Bode

The Farmer’s Kitchen, Atlantic


1st - Suburban Restaurant, Ames (out of business)

2nd - Stinky’s Bar & Grill, Aplington

3rd - Slaby’s Restaurant, Walcott


1st - Darrell’s Place, Hamlin

2nd - Rookie’s Bar & Grill, North Liberty

Honorable Mention:

Elm’s Club, Creston

Perry Bowl, Perry

Viking Lake, Stanton

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