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?