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Pork tenderloin sandwiches aren't known for being delicate. But that's because most pork tenderloin sandwiches aren't like the triple stack from Kitty's Cafe. Sometimes it takes a little something fried to bring out your sensitive side.
Your first step should be to remove the toothpick in the center. Iit seems far away at the first bite, but you'll get to that point a lot sooner than you think.
The soft, cornmeal-dusted hamburger bun yields to the first of three crunchy, tempura-like, pancake-thin tenderloin patties right about the same time as the heat from the hot sauce (be sure to ask for it) kicks in. Just when you start to worry about your lips tingling, a cool bed of shredded lettuce and pickle slices mutes the heat so you can start the process all over again.
This is also a sandwich of anticipation. Kitty's is essentially a diner counter with only six stools and a small kitchen. The hungry midtown lunch crowd jealously watch people leave with their tenderloins, wishing they'd remembered to call ahead.
Kitty's has been making this sandwich since 1951. And for 59 years, customers have been trying to figure out how such a thick sandwich could be so light. We'll all just have to keep eating in order to discover Kitty's secret.
Our list so far:
No. 49: Il Parma from Bella Napoli
No. 42: Apple strudel from Grunauer
No. 40: E-Crush from Hi-Hat Coffee
No. 34: Stroud's cinnamon rolls
No. 33: Smoked Polish from Werner's
No. 27: Spring rolls from Vietnam Cafe