Iowa's best tenderloin

Pub at the Pinicon
The P.T., served at the Pub at Pinicon in New Hampton, won the 2019 Iowa's best pork tenderloin contest. The P.T. features a half-pound pork tenderloin, either breaded or grilled, on a soft Brioche bun. PHOTO BY GARY FANDEL

The Pub at Pinicon claims top honors in the 2019 Iowa's Best Pork Tenderloin contest.

The 2019 Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin sandwich has changed little through the decades — a breading update, a new bun. But the slice of pure, fresh Iowa pork goodness nestled within has been a staple for the New Hampton community and the Pub at the Pinicon since 1960. 

“It’s been a long-standing staple here,” says restaurant manager Phil Zwanziger. The loin has always been popular, but nothing like the past few months. Since Iowa's Best Tenderloin announcement, demand at the eatery has increased from five to eight tenderloins per day to 150-plus. “Luckily, it’s not a hard ...

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