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Chatterbox Cafe

120 North Division Street, Audubon, IA - (712) 563-3428
Posted By Michael Stern on 7/2/2014 5:16:00 AM
We came across the Chatterbox while hunting Iowa's best tenderloins; the one served here is a beaut. It overhangs its bun, but it is not freakishly wide nor disappointingly thin. With a little effort the sandwich can be lifted from its plate. After teeth breach its gnarled crust, they sink into a thick ribbon of full-flavored pork. The tenderloin comes accoutered with pickle chips and a slice of white onion. Apply your own mustard and/or ketchup and you're in hog heaven.

Fans of Midwest cafe life will love this friendly place, the name of which is no lie. Townsfolk come not only to eat, but to chat and sip coffee, helping themselves to refills; and when we asked Samantha, our waitress, about the origin of the hamberloin, her account was casually joined by that of several customers from other tables, who delighted in sharing their knowledge of town history. The Chatterbox is open for three meals a day, as well as for conversation in between.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Breaded Pork Tenderloin
Hamberloin
Macaroni Salad
Chocolate Pie
Coconut Cream Pie
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Can't decide whether you want a hamburger or a tenderloin? Chatterbox's hamberloin rewards indecision with both. It's not necessarily an idea whose time has come, although both the burger and the tenderloin are, separately, excellent.
"Can't decide whether you want a hamburger or a tenderloin? Chatterbox's hamberloin rewards indecision with both. It's not necessarily an idea whose time has come, although both the burger and the tenderloin are, separately, excellent."
Michael Stern





We feel certain that the Iowa Pork Producers Association, bestowers of the annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin award, will find this handsome BPT worthy in the near future.
"We feel certain that the Iowa Pork Producers Association, bestowers of the annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin award, will find this handsome BPT worthy in the near future."
Chris & Amy Ayers


One of our favorite hot beefs in the state, Chatterbox's version employs the requisite homemade mashed potatoes, tender beef, thick gravy, and delightfully spongy white bread.
"One of our favorite hot beefs in the state, Chatterbox's version employs the requisite homemade mashed potatoes, tender beef, thick gravy, and delightfully spongy white bread."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This homemade macaroni salad is the best we've ever eaten anywhere: al dente noodles with shredded carrots.  Simplicity at its finest!
"This homemade macaroni salad is the best we've ever eaten anywhere: al dente noodles with shredded carrots. Simplicity at its finest!"
Chris & Amy Ayers


To avoid the possible disappointment of
"To avoid the possible disappointment of "sorry, no pie left" at the end of lunch, we ordered this butterscotch pie to be boxed before eating our meal. Note its heavenly baked meringue! "
Chris & Amy Ayers


The work of artist Jim Jorgensen is displayed on the Chatterbox walls and is available for purchase at a reasonable price. This carved wood image of a Farmall 706 now hangs in my office.
"The work of artist Jim Jorgensen is displayed on the Chatterbox walls and is available for purchase at a reasonable price. This carved wood image of a Farmall 706 now hangs in my office."
Michael Stern


When we said we'd share a slice of fresh peach pie for dessert, it arrived already halved on separate plates.  This is a piecrust lover's dream!
"When we said we'd share a slice of fresh peach pie for dessert, it arrived already halved on separate plates. This is a piecrust lover's dream!"
Chris & Amy Ayers


Shredded coconut on top of the airy meringue elevates this coconut cream pie to a new level.
"Shredded coconut on top of the airy meringue elevates this coconut cream pie to a new level. "
Chris & Amy Ayers


This comical fee chart by the register warns coffee nursers to be on their best behavior.
"This comical fee chart by the register warns coffee nursers to be on their best behavior."
Chris & Amy Ayers


You can't miss the Chatterbox sign while driving through town, and the parking lot will be full around lunchtime.
"You can't miss the Chatterbox sign while driving through town, and the parking lot will be full around lunchtime."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Yet another great Iowa pie: chocolate, in a fragile cookie-crumb crust.
"Yet another great Iowa pie: chocolate, in a fragile cookie-crumb crust."
Michael Stern


Thick and juicy with a brittle crust, the Chatterbox tenderloin is among Iowa's finest.
"Thick and juicy with a brittle crust, the Chatterbox tenderloin is among Iowa's finest."
Michael Stern


Where the locals eat ... and chat.
"Where the locals eat ... and chat."
Michael Stern


This place has been an Audubon gathering place for years. Before it was the Chatterbox, it was known as the Crossroads.
"This place has been an Audubon gathering place for years. Before it was the Chatterbox, it was known as the Crossroads."
Michael Stern


The most famous site in Audubon, Iowa: Albert the Bull.
"The most famous site in Audubon, Iowa: Albert the Bull."
Michael Stern



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