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Iowa Pork Producers Accepting Nominations for Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin

Which restaurant do you think serves the best tenderloin?

The Iowa Pork Producers are kicking off their 20th Annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest – asking fans to nominate their favorite sandwich.

To qualify, Iowa dining establishments must offer hand-breaded or battered pork tenderloins as a regular menu item and be open year-round with regular hours. Food trucks, concession stands, seasonal eateries and catering businesses are not eligible.

They’ll be accepting online votes now through June 6th – just go to iowapork.org to make your voice be heard!

Nearly 6,000 nominations poured in last year for more than 500 different establishments, with Victoria Station in Harlan named the winner. 

Past winners from the area have included PrairieMoon on Main in Prairieburg and Breitbach’s in Balltown, with Boonie’s in Earlville, Kelly’s Country Oven in Monticello and St. Olaf Tavern in St. Olaf named top five finalists.

This year’s winner – and top five finalists – will be named during National Pork Month in October. The winning restaurant receives $500, a plaque and statewide publicity that will bring in new business. 

Since their win last fall, Victoria Station has seen a tenfold increase in tenderloin sales – jumping from about twenty sandwiches served each week to more than 200.


photo courtesy of Iowa Pork Producers Association

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