A northeast Iowa mainstay is where you’ll find the 2019 Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin sandwich in Iowa.
The Pub at the Pinicon in New Hampton took home the top award in the 17th annual contest sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
Current owners Dale and Laura Reicks of New Hampton source all of the restaurant’s pork from Reicks View Farms in Lawler, a family farm they founded in 1979. In addition to pork tenderloins and chops, Reicks View Farms supplies The Pub’s bacon, ribs and sausage pizza topping. The breading recipe particularly helped win over chef Phil Carey, who serves on the IPPA Restaurant and Foodservice Committee and helped judge the finalists. “This year’s winning tenderloin, by far, had an outstanding breading that was well-seasoned and added great texture to the overall sandwich,” Carey said. “The pork itself was very tender and very juicy to the last bite. A great pork tenderloin.”
The Pub will receive a check for $500, a plaque and a large banner proclaiming it the winner of the contest.
IPPA judges selected Stumble Inn in Bradford as the runner-up in this year’s contest. IPPA will present that restaurant with $250 and a plaque.
Rounding out the top five finalists (in no order) are Big Al’s BBQ in Des Moines; Night Hawk Bar & Grill, Slater; and West Side Family Restaurant, Grinnell. These restaurants will each receive a Top Five Plaque to display.