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Breaded Pork Tenderloin

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I was just watching the "Brickyard 400" qualifying from Indianapolis and they had a segment on the consession stands. They showed a Pork Tenderloin sandwich and my mouth immediately started to water - now I'm dreaming of a Pork Tenderloin sandwhich. Does anyone know of a place in southern Orange County that serves pork tenderloin sandwiches?

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  1. Can't help you in Orange County, but as a child, my mom often took me to Callahan's Restaurant on Wilshire in Santa Monica for breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches and chocolate malts. I'm pretty sure Callahan's is still there, but not sure if the menu is the same or not.

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    1. Funny you should mention this...my grandmother makes these for our family in 'mega' batches. Sometimes, when I help, we make 30-40 at a time and freeze them. Everyone in the family takes a few and then, when a craving hits, heat up some oil and fry them - straight out of the freezer.
      A simple and delicious meal. I would share the recipe but my grandmother would not allow it!


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      1. re: aussiedog

        i don't care about the recipe i'd love to have a BreaBreaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich.
        i'll pay shipping and you send me a couple frozen BPT's.


      2. OK, so this is a little late...try Husky Boy drive in in Laguna Beach.

        1. Went to Husky Boy Burgers in Laguna Beach, PCH corner Beverly. They do indeed have the pork tenderloin sandwich, breaded and deep fried. Thanks for the tip! Probably the only place around LA to have this sandwich.

          1. I used to go to Steves in Torrance on Crenshaw blvd. They changed owners and dropped the tenderloin. I know of no other place as yet. Another Indiana farmer (high school buddy of mine) is "begging" me to start a restaurant with him, specializing in Indiana foods (especially "pork fritters"). Whadda ya think? Would it go good around here in Los Angeles? Let me know.

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            1. re: chefvyrp

              I'm guessing "Indiana Foods" would fall fairly low on the list for most Angelenos, although I wouldn't mind a restaurant specializing in Rhode Island foods or New Mexico foods.
              I'm not sure I even want to know what a pork fritter is.

              1. re: chefvyrp

                Considering I seem to know more "Angelenos" who originate from Indiana than actually from California, this doesn't sound like a half-bad idea :)

              2. Now, now, you know you are watching the qualies for the Iydy 500, not the Nascar race. It's that time of year.

                But I hear ya about the pork tenderloin! I can't make them like my mother does. I see her do it, using mashed up saltine crackers, pounded pork tenderloin, dipped in beaten eggs and then friend in a frying pan with about 1/3 inch of vegetable oil. Man hers are the best! But there must be some magic touch she has that I can't discover because mine are never quite the same. Though, I bet it's because I try to skimp on the oil a bit. You can't have "Hoosier tenderloin" and "healthy" in the same statement.

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                  1. re: designjb

                    Actually, the original poster WAS watching the Brickyard 400. Note that that post is from early August of 2004. I revived this thread three years later, in 2007. Now it has new life!

                    But other than my tip about the place in Laguna Beach, is there any other source of fried pork tenderloin sandwiches in So Cal?

                    1. re: 50sGuy

                      Re: Breaded Pork Tenderloin sandwich in Los Angeles
                      I'm from a small town in the midwest, south of Chicago and have searched, like many of you, for this elusive treat in Los Angeles. And I found a pretty decent example here.
                      Monk's Charburgers
                      22726 S Vermont Ave
                      Torrance, CA 90502

                      I know many of you have different ideas on what should be on this. Be advised Monk's defaults to mayo and lettuce. Me, I like ketchup and pickles. I think you'll like it as it's real close although it's a little on the meaty side and not flattened into a thin 10" diameter. Report back what ya think if you try it.

                      1. re: ken_t

                        Thanks for the tip, ken_t.

                        This Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich sounds delicious. I'll have to try this place soon. :)

                1. I was born in Iowa, now live in Los Angeles. I have frequent craving for breaded pork tenderloins. Found my answer, which is:

                  Amana Meat Shop and Smoke House in Amana, Iowa. Go to their website. I ordered 30 breaded pork tenderloins to be shipped to me frozen. Each tenderloin is 5.33 ounces and is bigger than the bun. Price is $105 plus shipping. Works out to $3.50 each.

                  I will put them in my freezer and deep fry four at a time. My tenderloins will be arriving tomorrow. (Thurs., July 31, 2014)

                  Transplanted Iowan

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                  1. re: BigAl90275

                    great Al thank you very much.
                    what was your cost for shipping 30?

                    1. re: BigAl90275

                      The whole concept of breaded pork tenderloin sounds vile.
                      There must be a reason why people like it, but it alludes me.
                      Anyone wanting to share some info?
                      A good pork tenderloin is good, but breading is not what does it.

                      1. re: carter

                        Breaded pork tenderloins aren't true tenderloins. Not a whole bunch different than any other breaded meat found in many locales. Midwesterners just have a deep and undying love for deep fried pork products. Actually, a strong affection for all things deep fried.

                          1. re: carter

                            Think schnitzel. The Midwest has a very high population of folks of German descent, and it's one of the carryovers of that heritage.

                            Still not getting it? Think chicken-fried steak, with pork rather than beef.

                            1. re: sunshine842


                              Someone wanted to thank me for a favor, and showed up one day with breaded salmon!
                              After he disappeared, I tossed it in the disposal.
                              Gross looking and smelling.

                              1. re: carter

                                We get it, you don't like breaded stuff. Maybe you should move on then to another thread?

                                1. re: carter

                                  what does breaded salmon have to do with breaded pork tenderloin?

                                  You've been around plenty long enough to know that yucking someone else's yum is very strongly discouraged here.

                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                    just saying big al and bobz are dedicated pork tenderloin posters recommending a mail order business...I say yuk.

                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      I'll vote with you on that one -- it's not like pork tenderloin is that hard to make, and it's not frozen!

                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                        It's just a traditional staple sandwhich in the mid west states that can be had in most any old school restaurant. Like Hot Dogs, no defending their nutritional value. In my home town its generally served with Ketchup and Pickles, Other areas, condiment toppings and tastes differ. Since Portillo's has found a home here in L.A. offering serious Chicago style Italian Roast Beef, I always thought it would be a natural to offer up a Pork Tenderloin. But, hasn't happened yet.