20 of the best pork tenderloin sandwiches around Des Moines

It remains remarkable a humble sandwich can ignite such passion. Whether it’s battered, or breaded, thick, or thin, Iowans will travel long distances to sample superlative examples of the the classic pork tenderloin sandwich.

Each year, the Iowa Pork Producers Association invites the public to vote to select the state’s best tenderloins. In 2020 the association received 4,501 nominations for 390 different establishments — more proof, if ever needed, Iowa loves its pork loin.

Here are 20 top pork tenderloin purveyors you can find right around the corner in the Des Moines metro.

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Angry Goldfish Pub & Eatery

Call it audacious, or inspired, the Des Moines south side’s Angry Goldfish Pub & Eatery makes the list with its quirky recipe, but assures customers the very popular sandwich is “still amazing.” The tenderloin is breaded with crushed Goldfish crackers covered in spicy Sriracha sauce, then cooled down with more-traditional garnishes of lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles.

Location: 2301 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines

Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 11-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday;  11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

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