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May 18, 2010 04:04 PM

Hoosier in search of a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich

I am from time to time struck with an insatiable craving for a pork tenderloin sandwich...does anyone know where I can find one in the Bay Area? I'm willing to drive.

To clarify, I'm talking about a sandwich that features a piece of pork pounded thin (nearly to the diameter of a dinner plate), breaded, and then deep fried. Served on an unimpressive white bun.

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  1. Boy, I wish! I have always wanted someone to gather regional sandwiches in a welcoming space with comfortable chairs, good parking, homemade soups, nice music and maybe a good magazine rack with planned days for each special sandwich, i.e. pork tenderloins and beef on a weck Mondays, Italian Beef and shrimp po'boys on Tuesdays, Muffaletta and bbq bologna Wednesdays, Meatball subs and Bagna Caudas on Thursday, Eggplant Parms and Ploughmans lunch on Fridays...

    until then, I make my own. Here is a good tutorial if you want a step by step lesson.

    1. Any of the good Torta (Mexican sandwiches) places will have Milanasa as an option for filling. Of course they put a lot more stuff on it and the roll can be quite good. It may fill your craving or perhaps create a new one!
      Just do a search for Torta on this board and you will get a list of places.

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      1. re: chefj

        Note that Milanese is made with beef around here.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I know that Otaez on International uses Pork. Torta loca uses beef. Oh! Speisekammer has a Schnitzel sandwich at lunch. If I remember right it is just breaded fried pork and mustard on a roll.

          2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

          3872 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

      2. This question comes up every few years. Have we ever found a satisfactory answer?

        1. Barclay's Pub (in Oakland, on College) has what it calls a "cajun flash fried pork tenderloin" sandwich, on a sesame bun. Never tried it, I think I've seen it at other tables and it is pounded thin but I'm not sure it will solve your hometown craving. I know how you feel - the St. Louisan in me is always looking for BBQ pork steaks and gerber sandwiches (with provel).

          1. Hmm ... I wonder if this inspired the Japanese to come up with tonkatsu sandwiches?

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            1. re: Debbie M

              Delica RF in the Ferry Building does a tonkatsu sandwich. I haven't tried it, but everything they make is good-to-excellent.

              1 Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA