Finalists Named For Iowa's Best Breaded Tenderloin

Photo shows breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, toped with lettuce, tomato, onions and a pickle.

2021 winner of Iowa's Best Breaded Tenderloin, Victoria's Station, Harlan, IowaPhoto: Iowa Pork Producers Association

(Clive, IA) -- There are now five finalists for this year's "Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin." The Iowa Pork Producers Association says there 774 restaurants nominated this year. The winner will be announced this month.  

·      Cliff’s Place – Manning

·      Spillway Supper Club – Harpers Ferry

·      Stumpy’s Bar & Grill – Duncombe

·      ToJo’s Bar & Grill – Jamaica

·      The Roadhouse – Orange City


There are strict rules to qualify for the competition, pork tenderloins must be hand-breaded or battered. A traditional tenderloin starts with a pounded-out slice of pork loin that’s dredged through flour, eggs, milk, breadcrumbs, or crushed crackers. The meat is then fried to a crispy, golden brown and served on a bun.

The Iowa restaurant serving them needs to be open year-round and offer the sandwich as a regular menu item. Food trucks, concession stands, seasonal eateries, and catering businesses are not eligible for the contest.

Judging of the top 40 restaurants took place this summer. That list included the five restaurants with the most nominations in each of IPPA’s eight districts, which helps ensure statewide representation.

The winning restaurant will receive $500, a plaque, a banner to display, and statewide publicity that will drive new business. The runner-up is awarded $250 and a plaque from IPPA.



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