We DARE you to conquer
our NEW Iowa Tenderloin Trail!

The most delicious trail in Iowa has been updated with added experiences to discover as you travel the state!

Iowa leads the nation in pork production, and with all of that delicious pork comes a Midwest treasure that most of the country has no idea exists …

Now, we’re not talking about something that comes out of the freezer and is dropped into a fryer. We’re talking about hand-pounded or tenderized, center-cut pork loin that is blanketed in a custom breadcrumb mixture or dipped in a savory batter and fried to golden perfection!

Is your mouth watering? 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!

Unique destinations

To sweeten your journey even more, we’ve added bonus experiences to each destination. Whether it’s a slice of homemade pie, hand-battered portabella fries or a boat ride down the Mississippi, you’re sure to uncover something new to enjoy in Iowa as your conquer the tenderloin trail!

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 for you to enjoy. You don’t have to take our word for it though, take on the trail and experience the tasty tenderloin goodness for yourself!

MAP: Iowa Pork Tenderloin Trail 2.0

Boast Your Defeat!

Receive 10 stamps on your passport within 24-months to conquer the trail and you’ll be rewarded with a free t-shirt from the Iowa Pork Producers Association!

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. After you order your tenderloin, ask your friendly server to stamp your passport! Only one stamp per tenderloin purchase.

Happy trails conquerors!







The 14 trail stops include:

1. The Emerald Isle

*Iowa Pork President’s Pick, Dennis Liljedahl*

100 397 Avenue, Imogene, Iowa 51645

2.  Darrell’s  Place

*Secretary of Agriculture Pick, Mike Naig*

4010 1st Street, Hamlin, Iowa 50117

3. The Feed Mill Restaurant at Waspy’s Truck Stop

*Iowa State Athletic Director Pick, Jamie Pollard*

2079 U.S. Highway 71, Audubon, Iowa 50025

4. Birdies, Burgers & Brews at Hillcrest Golf Course

701 S Cedar Avenue, Graettinger, Iowa 51342

5. Iowa Tap Room

215 E. 3rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

6. Jethro’s Drake Location

*Drake Athletic Director’s Pick, Brian Hardin*

3100 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Please note: Only the Drake location is on the trail.

7. Whatcha Smokin’ BBQ + Brew   

403 Iowa Avenue, Luther, Iowa 50152

8. Grid Iron Sports Bar & Grill     

1121 E 2nd Street, Webster City, Iowa 50595

9. Stumble Inn      

107 2nd Street, Bradford, Iowa 50041

10. Wood Iron Grille      

2214 S 11th Street, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577

11. The Pub at the Pinicon 

2205 S Linn Avenue, New Hampton, Iowa 50659

12. PrairieMoon On Main   

103 E Main Street, Prairieburg, Iowa 52219

13. Bump’s Restaurant at Finkbine Golf Course

Iowa Athletic Director’s Pick, Gary Barta

1380 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa 52246

14. Buffalo Tavern

2016 S Main Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601