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Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe wins BPT title

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Readers choose Goldie's tenderloin sandwich as best in Iowa

The breaded pork tenderloin (BPT) is a point of pride in the state of Iowa, the biggest pork producing state in the nation and home to its very own Iowa Tenderloin Trail. Hundreds of restaurants serve the dish, but the best ones use fresh Iowa pork, cut daily, tenderized and breaded by hand, often to order. A great tenderloin can be eaten plain, but this Iowa specialty is often served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions (sometimes ketchup and mustard).

  • Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe
    Prairie City

    Goldie’s might be an ice cream shop, but diners know to make a meal of it by starting with a pork tenderloin sandwich. Get it traditionally, Magg-style (with a cheeseburger in the same bun) or Mingo-style (with Mingo sausage and cheese).
    Photo courtesy of Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe

  • Darrell's Place
    Hamlin

    The award-winning tenderloin from Darrell's Place in Hamlin is made from hand-cut, hand-breaded and made-to-order tenderloins served with your choice of condiments.
    Photo courtesy of Darrell's Place

  • Tojo's Bar and Grill
    Jamaica

    The tenderloins from the kitchen of Tojo's Bar and Grill in Jamaica begin as a whole pork loin that gets hand trimmed, sliced and tenderized. Each tenderloin is breaded to order and fried to a crisp golden brown.
    Photo courtesy of Tojo's Bar and Grill

  • Nick's Townhouse Tenderloins
    Des Moines

    Tenderloins from Nick's Townhouse Tenderloins in Des Moines come in King and Queen sizes. Pork is always fresh, never frozen, cut daily and breaded to order.
    Photo courtesy of Nick's Townhouse Tenderloins

  • The Buffalo Tavern
    Burlington

    The Bigass Homemade Tenderloin from The Buffalo Tavern in Burlington features a thick-cut, buttermilk-soaked, hand-breaded tenderloin served golden brown on a toasted bun with pickles, lettuce, onions and tomato on the side.
    Photo courtesy of Mallory Riffel of B Hive Branding / The Buffalo Tavern

  • Dairy Sweet
    Dunlap

    Dairy Sweet, a small mom and pop shop in Dunlap, serves a praiseworthy tenderloin sandwich featuring a thick-cut and crispy pork tenderloin.
    Photo courtesy of Dairy Sweet

  • The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill
    Ogden

    When you order a tenderloin from The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill in Ogden, it gets hand-cut, pounded, marinated, breaded and fried to a golden brown, then served traditionally with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions.
    Photo courtesy of The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill

  • St. Olaf Tavern
    St. Olaf

    Each tenderloin from St. Olaf Tavern comes with a full pound of hand-cut, tenderized and hand-breaded pork, lightly seasoned and deep fried. Try it with a side of guest favorite house-made onion rings.
    Photo courtesy of St. Olaf Tavern

  • Smitty's Tenderloin Shop
    Des Moines

    Tenderloin lovers at Smitty's Tenderloin Shop in Des Moines can order their loin one of four ways, King, Vegetable, Chili-Cheese or Taco.
    Photo courtesy of Doriano Rossi via Facebook

  • Grid Iron Grill & Sports Lounge
    Webster City

    At Grid Iron Grill & Sports Lounge in Webster City, each tenderloin is made fresh daily and breaded to order. The breading is made in-house to allow the tenderloins to be fried to a crispy golden brown every time.
    Photo courtesy of Grid Iron Grill & Sports Lounge

The top 10 winners in the category Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin in Iowa are as follows:

  1. Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe - Prairie City
  2. Darrell's Place - Hamlin
  3. Tojo's Bar and Grill - Jamaica
  4. Nick's Townhouse Tenderloins - Des Moines
  5. The Buffalo Tavern - Burlington
  6. Dairy Sweet - Dunlap
  7. The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill - Ogden
  8. St. Olaf Tavern - St. Olaf
  9. Smitty's Tenderloin Shop - Des Moines
  10. Grid Iron Grill & Sports Lounge - Webster City

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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