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Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches in Twin Cities?

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Help me. What restaurants and pubs in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN serve the deep fried breaded pork tenderloin sandwich more famed in Iowa and Indiana? I know of several places I'll list here, but I would like to find others. Those I know about or have been to:

Culver's everywhere
Peppermint Twist Drive-in, Delano
Minnetonka Drive-in, Spring Park (closed until March)
Ox Yoke Inn, Independence
Park Tavern, St. Louis Park
Adrian's, Chicago Ave., South Minneapolis
5-8 Club, Cedar Ave., South Minneapolis
Alleygators, Maple Grove
Buffalo Tap, Savage
Sully's, Nordeast Minneapolis (this one I haven't tried yet)
Lyon's Pub, only occassionally as a special, Downtown Minneapolis

That gives you a pretty good list if you were unaware of them. I'd like to find more. I prefer the pounded out flat as a dinner platter overhanging a hamburger bun type and not the type served on rye toast with cheese that seems more Bohemian style. But I will take all suggestions.

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  1. The Lone Spur in Minnetonka has it on the menu. I've never had it, so I can't tell you how it is.

    But, there's another to add to your list.

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    1. re: Danny

      The breaded pork tenderloin shows on the Lone Spur menu that is posted online from 2004 but when I went there this past summer they had a newer menu and it was no longer available. :( Have they brought it back?

      1. re: Davydd

        I never had it there, I just remember having seen it on the menu. I haven't been there in a while, so your info is probably more recent.

    2. Porky's Drive-In on University has a sign out front saying "Best Pork Tenderloin Sandwich in the Twin Cities", or words to that effect. Never tried it but should be worth a shot.

      And if you've never been there before, be sure to try the onion rings....

      Uncle Ira

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      1. re: Uncle Ira

        Several people whose opinions I trust say that Porky's tenderloins are quite good. The place is so cool looking, I love their sign. Does Andy's, which is not far away on University have tenderloins?

        1. re: Uncle Ira

          Thanks! Porky's. How could I have forgotten. I haven't been there. The last time I was by there was in the evening after the Back to the 50s Classic Car Show at the Fairgrounds. University Avenue was a bumper to bumper parade with the classic cars.

          1. re: Uncle Ira

            Well, I tried Porky's. If they had the best pork tenderloin sandwich they no longer do now. In fact they don't even call it that now. They call it a pork cutlet sandwich and it was batter fried and served on heavily buttered toast. It was not all that good. Edible but nothing compared to a real pork tenderloin sandwich. So you can put to rest the idea that Porky's has a pork tenderloin sandwich. The onion rings were not good. On the plus side the shake was good and the prices were cheap.

            Also is it any longer a drive in if you have to go inside to order or use a drive up window like McDonald's? My idea of an old fashion drive in is a car hop and a tray on your window. Porky's does not do that.

            If you want the true drive-in experience and a true pork tenderloin sandwich in Minnesota I recommend the Minnetonka Drive In in Spring Park or the Peppermint Twist Drive In in Delano.

          2. I went to Sully's on Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis today for lunch. Wow! The pork tenderloin sandwich was huge. The meat was tender and thick. One major difference from most is the coating was battered and not breaded. I find batter holds more oil than breaded and the one sandwich has now killed my appetite for the whole day. They give you a choice of bun or toasted bread. I chose the bun and found it above average.

            I drove by Porky's but passed on it since it is a drive-in eat in your car kind of place. I'll save it for next summer.

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              Doghouse Reilly

              One place I would avoid is Tony Jaro's River Garden (2500 Marshall St NE Minneapolis). I've heard other people rave about their breaded pork tenderloin sandwich but I found it to be nothing more than an overcooked pork chop on dry toast. Pretty ho hum if you ask me. But if you have a few "Greenie Slammers" first it might tast better.

              1. I drove past Johnny A's 200 Club (200W Broadway in Minneapolis) and they have a sign outside boasting about their Tenderloin Sandwich.

                There's another one to add to your list.