Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Our five favorite pork tenderloin sandwiches in Kansas City

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 1:57 PM

The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange's pork tenderloin sandwich moves to the permanent menu.
  • The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange's pork tenderloin sandwich moves to the permanent menu.

The pork tenderloin sandwich is the unofficial state sandwich of my

birth state, Indiana, but it has plenty of fans in Missouri. (I'm

not sure if the Show-Me-State has an official state sandwich, but it should

be burnt ends.)

Nine years ago, the best pork tenderloin sandwich in the area could be found at a saloon called the Bottoms Up Lounge (and, no, it only sounded like a gay bar) in St. Joseph. This tenderloin was so damn big, it even got national media attention. But the bar closed, and sadly, the hand-pounded tenderloins went away, too. So which local joints now serve the best pork tenderloins?


5. Lew's Grill & Bar in Waldo serves a pricey but delicious hand-breaded pork tenderloin sandwich with a punchy horseradish sauce for $10.99. It's a big sandwich, too.

4. Tenderloin Grill. This venerable diner at 900 Southwest Boulevard sells a great breaded pork tenderloin sandwich for $4 (including tax) that's big, but not too big. "They're as big as a man's hand," the cashier says. She's about right.

3. Christy's Tasty Queen. This soft-serve ice-cream shop at 1405 South 55th Street in Kansas City, Kansas, receives raves for its hand-breaded tenderloin sandwiches.

2. Kitty's Cafe: a classic since 1951. Tempura-battered, pancake-thin pork patties make for a fabulously crunchy meal.

1. The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange at 1924 Main serves the fanciest pork tenderloin sandwich in the metro, but it's so good that chef and co-owner Howard Hanna is moving the $8 sandwich from a weekly special to the permanent lunch menu this week. The tempura-battered pork slices are served on a Farm to Market bun with herb mayonnaise and pickled onions, radish slices and lettuce. You could make a pig of yourself with it.

Are we missing any?

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