Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

In the lower Midwest, when you say tenderloin, you mean a bunned sandwich for which a slice of pork is pounded thin, breaded, and fried to a crisp. Through much of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, tenderloins (sometimes called breaded pork tenderloins or simply BPTs), stir opinion and argument no less fervid than that inspired by green chile cheeseburgers in New Mexico and crab cakes around the Chesapeake Bay. Girth is a big issue, some cutlets pounded out so wide that the sandwich literally is impossible to hold. But thinner isn’t always better. A super-thin tenderloin runs the risk of frying dry. Excellence is built upon a fine balance: there should be a vast amount of crisp, crunchy crust, but the ribbon of pork within needs to be thick enough to remain juicy. Too thick, however, and a tenderloin loses its elegance. Traditionally, tenderloins are garnished with mustard and pickle chips with the option of lettuce and tomato.

Restaurants With This Dish

Tenderloin extends beyond its bun ... Iowa tenderloin at its best ... Iowa tenderloin at its best
Darrell’s Place | Iowa Tenderloin at its Best


Cecil’s Café - Cinnamon Roll
Cecil’s Café


Branson Cafe | Town Cafe | Authentic Ozark Comfort Food


Machine Shed - Pork Chop
Machine Shed


Mr. Dave’s


Deep fried frog legs at Mike Linnig's Restaurant
Mike Linnig’s Restaurant



What do you think of Pork Tenderloin Sandwich?

Latest Articles & Guides

Top 12 favorite Ice Cream Scoops

WITH THE EXCEPTION of the hot dog bun, there has never been an edible invention as...

Lobster roll
6 best restaurants in New England

Looking for some stops along your Road trip  Check out our picks for the 6 best restaurants...

Clam Shack - Lobster Roll
14 Best Lobster Rolls in New England

Bad lobster rolls are easy to come by  We've done the research and have found the best...

Red Rocks
Best Affordable Eats Along Sedona’s Red Rock Drive

Scenic Driving and Good Eating Rising an average of an inch every 60 to 80 years, the...

Road trip | Seattle to Yakima Washington

Road Trip Overview A road trip over the Cascades through Snoqualmie Pass leads not only to a...

America’s Byways: Road trip through the Florida Keys

Road trip through the Florida Keys Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico...


Connect with us #Roadfood