Here are the 2021 contest finalists

October is Pork Month, and the Iowa Pork Producers Association has announced its top five picks for the 2021 Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest.

The finalists, chosen by a panel of undercover judges, span the entire state. They are:

“As the judges went around the state this year, these are the restaurants that had those tenderloins that were hand breaded, they were really juicy tenderloins, and the presentation was really nice,” said Dal Grooms, communications director for the association.

The selection process began in the spring when tenderloin fans across the state were asked to nominate their favorite restaurants. There was no shortage of nominations: Nearly 6,000 were submitted for 526 different tenderloin locations.

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The association’s restaurant and food service committee reviewed the entries and sent undercover judges to the top 40 restaurants, where they scored the sandwiches on criteria including pork quality, taste, physical characteristics and eating experience.

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