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Oct 17, 2007 05:02 AM

Iowa Pork Tenderloins

Here is a link to this years winners from the Iowa Pork Council.

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  1. Everyone from a very small rural town too. Those are the best kind of places because you know the owner's take special care. The winner from Elk Horn is just down the road from a previous winner in Hamlin and another past runnerup in Atlantic. I have my sights set for going there hopefully in June.

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    1. re: Davydd

      jeez Davydd, you should be judging these contests

      1. re: lyn

        I couldn't wait until June. I went down to Iowa last month on a two day 900 mile road trip blitz to The Farmer's Kitchen in Atlantic (2005 honorable mention), Larsen's Pub in Elk Horn (2007 IPPA winner), Darrell's Place in Hamlin (2003 winner), Rustix in Humboldt (2007 second place) and the Suzie Q Cafe in Mason City. The winner on this short tour was the Suzie Q not even on the nomination list. Larsen's Pub was definitely better than Rustix. The judges got that right. Pics are on my web site.

        1. re: Davydd

          I'm used to a little more extensive review from you.
          Can I look forward to you elaborating?
          I really liked Darrell's place. It was like a small version of Michaels in Des Moines. Where did you rank it?
          The loin from Suzie Q looks battered in the pic, was it?
          The thing that caught my eye in the pic from Rustix, was the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Nice that they have a decent beer available.
          Sounds like a helluva trip.

          1. re: Bobfrmia

            Bob, I need to update my blogging. I've kind of got out of the habit but I did do an extensive report on a couple of other boards that allow integrating pictures in the report (three of them).

            Suzie Q is indeed battered and not breaded. They also serve the tenderloin grilled. It is a small diner that seats just 10 at a counter. I will say this, even though battered, it was the surprise of the bunch. When you bite into it you know you bit into a memorable sandwich with taste explosions in your mouth.

            Darrell's Place was a modest 4 oz. pork loin cut but very good. I might add a modest price to boot. Larsen's Pub, The Farmer's Kitchen and Ruxtix were all bigger sandwiches.

    2. I'm a half hour away from Humboldt, so I'll have to check out Rustix. Thanks for the post!