it’s supposed to be bland.”
Jesse took a pass on Iowa specialties and ordered the meatloaf dinner that came with a small salad,
Evie and Raina shared a jumbo with a side order of onion rings.
And, as I have written before, there are three schools of thought on how to attack such a behemoth. You can cut the sandwich in half as did Evie and Raina. You can leave the sandwich intact and just dig in and begin eating as Chuck did. Or, you can use my method of choice, which means eating all of the meat hanging outside the bun first and then proceed to eat meat and bun together. If the tenderloin is sufficiently large, one can be full by the time the meat alone is eaten and the remainder can be saved for another meal.
The downside to my method? It is difficult to put my favorite pork tenderloin condiments (onion, hamburger dills, yellow mustard [It must be yellow hot dog mustard.]) on the bare meat.
While I am in tenderloin heaven, I overhear Chuck saying to Jesse (who is seated across the table from Chuck) “It’s kinda bland.” And that is when I made the declaration that opened this blog. “You need the yellow mustard. You need the pickles.” I holler down the table. So he used a small amount of mustard. I’m not sure it helped. And I did notice that Raina and Evie were approaching their sandwich with a decided lack of gusto.
The fries that accompanied Chuck's and my sandwiches were pretty good. The onion rings were not, with a coating that was thick and oily. What I would give right now for a Louisiana onion ring.
We finished the meal by sharing one of the café’s giant cinnamon rolls.
In the interest of full disclosure, we probably wouldn’t visit the Iowa Café if not for my periodic craving for a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. I suspect that the rest of the menu is quite ordinary. But remember, this is Iowa food. And I can say that but you can’t. So writing with my head and not my heart, I give the Iowa Café a 3.0 Addie rating.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.