The search is on for Iowa's best breaded pork tenderloin of 2019 and your favorite could win
Brad Magg, owner of Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe in Prairie City, has earned several \u0022best tenderloin\u0022 honors throught the years. Magg talks about the elements that make a good pork tenderloin sandwich. Bryon Houlgrave/The Register
Do you have a favorite place to enjoy a pork tenderloin sandwich in Iowa? Your favorite restaurant could have a winning entry. The search is now on for Iowa's Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin of 2019.
Iowa Pork Producers Association is now accepting nominations for its 17th annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest. The organization will continue to take those nominations of your favorite pork tenderloin and restaurant that serves it until June 6.
There is not a standard "right way" to make a breaded pork tenderloin. Each restaurant has its own recipe and presentation. That's one of the reasons IPPA beginning its search of Iowa restaurants to find the best in Iowa for 2019.
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"We look forward to this contest each year because we love how excited and passionate our Iowa tenderloin connoisseurs get," said Kelsey Sutter, IPPA marketing and program director. "This contest recognizes Iowa dining establishments that have pork as a regular menu item in support of Iowa's nation-leading pork industry."
Any Iowa restaurant, café or tavern that has hand-breaded or battered pork tenderloin on its menu is eligible to be nominated. In order to win, the nominated business must be open year-round. However, seasonal restaurants can be in the final top five.
The winning restaurant will receive $500, a plaque to display and statewide publicity that will bring in new business.
The nominations are the first round of the contest, when you, the tenderloin-lover, will have the biggest impact. In 2018, IPPA received nearly 1,600 nominations for 380 different establishments.
Nominations can be made online at iowapork.org/tenderloin-form, or by mailing in a form from the May issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine to the IPPA office.
Only one nomination per person, so you may have to try a few of your favorites out before sending in your selection! Also, your nomination could help you win some money. The people nominating the winning restaurant will be entered in a drawing for one $100 prize.
Past winners are not eligible for the competition.
The nomination round will generate up to 40 restaurants that will get a bit more scrutiny over the summer. That's when the restaurants with the most nominations from each of the eight IPPA districts will be selected for a review by IPPA's restaurant and food service committee.
The committee's reviews will determine which restaurants are turned over to a secret panel of judges who will score the tenderloins on the quality of the pork, taste, physical characteristics and eating experience. The winner will be named during October Pork Month.
"We're looking forward to discovering more of the greats and finding Iowa's best of 2019," Sutter said. She said she's already looking ahead to crowning, and tasting, this year's winner.
Winners from the past five years:
- 2018 - Three C's Diner, Corning
- 2017 - Grid Iron Grill, Webster City
- 2016 - Nick's, Des Moines
- 2015 - Belmond Drive-In, Belmond
- 2014 - The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill, Ogden
A look back at winners of the best tenderloin in Iowa contest by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Ben Yoder/The Register