The Home of the Best Pork Tenderloin Sandwich Ever

Just look at this beauty.  Can’t you just taste it?


If you’ve read some of my posts and seen some of my photos taken in Iowa’s Amana Colonies, you may recall me mentioning the best kept food secret – that is the wonder of the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich from the Rose & Thorn Pub in Middle Amana.  When most people think of food and dining in the Amana Colonies they think of plentiful homestyle German recipes including Spaetzle, sauerkraut, sauerbraten, and other dishes that taste better than they sound.  Well, not me. When I think of food in the Amana’s it has got to be that beauty you see above.

Hand cut.  Hand pounded.  Hand battered. And deep fried, baby!  First, the breading is simply amazing.  It’s not full of seasonings so powerful that you lose taste of the pork meat itself.  It’s not too light, and not too heavy.  Then, there is the pork.  So tender.  Soooo not fatty.  Then there is the price – like 8 bucks!  Not to mention the thing is HUGE!  You might also think since its deep fried, it would be just dripping with oil.  Never.  Oh, I’m sure there is plenty of that in there, but you’d never know it.

So go ahead and take another look up there.  People in Florida have never even heard of these things unless they’re snowbirds.  You have no idea what you’re missing.  Head on up to the German hospitality of the Amana Colonies.  Go ahead and enjoy some of those homestyle dinners at the world famous Ox Yoke Inn.  But, you’d better make sure you save some room for that sandwich at the Rose & Thorn.


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