The most delicious trail in Iowa is finally here!

Iowa leads the nation in pork production and with all of that delicious pork comes a mid-west treasure that most of the country has no idea even exists … the best breaded pork tenderloin sandwich!

Now, we’re not talking about something that comes out of the freezer and is dropped in a fryer. We’re talking about hand-pounded or tenderized center-cut pork loin that becomes blanketed in a custom bread crumb mixture or dipped in a savory batter and fried to golden perfection. There are many ways to craft a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich and this trail takes you on a journey to enjoy some of Iowa’s best!

Quick Fact: Don’t let the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich be confused with the actual cut of pork called TENDERLOIN. They’re completely different! In fact, the tenderloin cut is just as lean as a boneless, skinless chicken breast (only 2.98 g of fat) and is an excellent lean protein choice! The tenderloin cut has even earned the American Heart Checkoff for being heart healthy!

But now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get back to the savory goodness of the tenderloin sandwich!

The Iowa Tenderloin Trail features 14 unforgettable sandwiches while celebrating the passionate families around the state who work diligently to provide safe, affordable and delicious pork. You don’t have to take our word for it though, take on the trail and experience the tasty tenderloin goodness for yourself!

Iowa Pork Tenderloin Trail Map!

 

 

Your efforts will even be rewarded so you can boast about your tenderloin feat! Receive 10 stamps on your passport within 24-months and receive a free t-shirt from the Iowa Pork Producers Association that is sure to create envy amongst your family and friends!

 

 

    

 

All you need to get started and become a true mid-westerner, is your official passport. It can be downloaded here or picked up at any of the restaurants along the trail. Be sure to get your passport custom stamped at each restaurant you visit.

Happy trails conquerors!

 

 

The 14 Trail Stops Include:

1. Three C’s Diner – Adams County

300 9th St. Corning, IA 50841 / (641) 322-4182

Hours: Mon, closed; Tues-Fri, 9:30am – 8pm; Sat, 6:30am – 8pm; Sun, 6:30am – 3pm

2. The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill – Boone County

113 W Walnut St. Ogden, IA 50212 / (515) 275-9946

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11am – 11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am – 2am; Sun, 11am – 6pm

3. Stout’s Irish Pub & Grill – Clinton County

*** Pursuing Pork Tenderloins Facebook Group Pick ***

2352 Valley West Ct. Clinton, IA 52732 / (563) 243-0224

Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am – 12am

4. TC’s Point After OR Chuckie’s Tenderloin Trailers- Clinton County

719 6th Ave. DeWitt, IA 52742 / (563) 695-8188 or (563) 570-4420

Hours: Mon, closed; Tues-Thurs, 11am – 9pm; Fri-Sat, 11am – 10pm; Sun, 11am – 8pm

5. Breitbach’s Country Dining – Dubuque County

563 Balltown Rd. Sherrill, IA 52073 (563) 552-2220

Hours: Mon, closed; Tues-Thurs 8am – 8pm; Fri-Sat 8am – 9:30pm; Sun, 8am – 7:30pm

6. Town House Supper Club – Grundy County

520 N Adams St. Wellsburg, IA 50680 (641) 869-3848

Hours: Sun-Mon, Closed; Tues-Fri, 11 am – 2pm & 5pm – 9pm;  Sat 5pm – 9pm

7. Dairy Sweet – Harrison County

118 Iowa Ave. Dunlap, IA 51529 / (712) 643-5116

Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am – 8pm

8. Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe – Jasper County

304 W 2nd St. Prairie City, IA 50228 (515) 994-3190

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11am – 8:30pm

9. Nick’s – Polk County

1106 Army Post Rd. Des Moines, IA 50315 / (515) 777-2759

5465 Mills Civic Pkwy. West Des Moines, IA 50266 — New Location!! —

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10:30am – 8:30pm; Fri-Sat, 10:30am – 9pm; Sun, 11am – 3pm

10. The Other Place – Polk County

*** Iowa Pork Staff Pick ***

12401 University Ave. Clive, IA 50325 / (515) 225-9494

631 Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50010 & 2010 SE Delaware Ave. Ankeny, IA 50021

Hours: Sun-Thurs, 11am – 12 am; Fri-Sat, 11am – 2am

11. The Brick Street Market and Cafe – Polk County

*** Governor’s Pick ***

114 Brick St. SE Bondurant, IA 50035 / (515) 967-2220

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 6am – 9pm; Fri-Sat, 6am – 10pm; Sun, closed

12. Larsen’s Catering & Pub – Shelby County

4206 Main St. Elk Horn, IA 51531 / (712) 764-4052

Hours: Sun & Mon, closed; Tues-Thurs, 11am – 1:45pm & 4:30pm – 8pm; Fri, 11am – 1:45pm & 4:30pm – 9pm; Sat, 4:30pm – 9pm

13. Gramma’s Kitchen – Scott County

3408 N Plainview Rd. Walcott, IA 52773 / (563) 284-5055

Hours: Mon-Sun, 6am – 10pm

14. Belmond Drive-In – Wright County 

215 River Ave. S Belmond, IA 50421 / (641) 444-7063

Hours: Mon-Tues, closed; Wed-Sun, 11am – 9pm