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Jul 10, 2007 05:03 PM

Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

My wife is from Indiana and she talks lovingly of eating pork tenderloin sandwiches as a kid. Apparently, the tenderloin is sliced thin, dipped in batter and fried, and then served on a soft roll. Can anyone recommend a place for pork tenderloin sandwiches in LA (preferably on the Westside)?

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  1. My mom from Illinois used to take me to Callahan's in Santa Monica for these, but I just called and they said they didn't have it anymore.
    Googling around, I found a Bulgarian one at Danube, but that's probably not what you're looking for.
    Good luck!

    1. They are called tenderloiin sandwiches but the the meat is cut from the loin. It is pounded until a cut is almost dinner plate size. Then the meat is dusted with flour, dipped in an egg wash and more flour and fried. I prefer to usr panko for the extra crunch. I actually use real tenderloins. Each section loin cut into 4 sections. They are served on regular chap hamburger buns. I like real mayo and mustard on mine along with lettuce and maybe some dill pickle. Another native friend likes just yellow mustard but she likes fish sandwiches that way too.

      1. Oh, yummmm...I'm just back from a visit to the midwest (Quad Cities, IL/IA) where I had the tenderloin basket at Culver's Restaurant. Not the best, but since I haven't had one in about 12 years, it was good enough!!
        I'd love to find a place in Los Angeles to get a good tenderloin!!

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        1. re: flynlee

          I'm from the QCs and living in Anaheim desperately searching for local pork tenderloin sandwiches. Any luck locally finding a place?

        2. Yes, yes, I want to know , too, in Orange County? I used to eat them with yellow mustard, relish and onion!

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          1. re: OCEllen

            I've been in/out of Iowa for the last few years "chasing" the pork tenderloin. At the end, even with the help of hand breaded supposed-best-in-town sandwiches, I just couldn't understand the silly pursuit.

            Just doesn't taste that great to me...

            1. re: TonyC

              God forbid that work should ever take you to Mount Airy, NC, Tony, but if it does make a beeline for Snappy Lunch. Their fried pork tenderloin sandwiches are miles better than any of the Midwestern versions I've tried, and, like you, I've eaten my share. Hell, I like 'em so much that when I lived in NC, I thought nothing of making the 40 mile trip (each way) from my home on a regular basis.

              Then again, when you live in NC, I became accustomed to doing something similar for a lot of good eats. LOL!!



            2. re: OCEllen

              I just emailed the Food Section of the OC Register to see if they'd do a story on them and find the best local places. Fingers crossed.

            3. Hash House A Go Go has them but you have to drive to San Diego or Vegas - maybe not too far to satisfy a craving!


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              1. re: Debbie W

                Cool, we were going to go there a few weeks ago but didn't have time. Still, serving it on a whole wheat bun seems to defeat the purpose!