The Waveland is a neighborhood institution on the west side of Des Moines, I have been sent here by plenty of people who know I am looking for tenderloins. Its the kind of place which presidential hopefuls visit to "get in touch" with the common people. Sadly, I would never vote for this tenderloin.
Location: 4708 University Ave. in the West side of Des Moines.
Directions: Just drive west on University Ave, on the way to Windsor Heights.
The Tenderloin: The menu tells me this is hand breaded. The sandwich tasted like a total bummer or a mass-produced frozen tenderloin. There was the usual amount of juice inside with the frozen-in aftertase. There was nothing chewy or notable to take your attention while eating this. The tenderloin displayed the classic asymmetrical shape, this one was like a mitten shape with a thumb on the side. The complete flatness of the tenderloin was clear. The breading was nothing special, but it did cover what was just your basic food supplier pork loin cut. Served on a toasted bun. Overall 2/10
Price: $7.25 with fries, its not cheap.
Service: table service with waitresses who always seem to be busy.
Ambiance: The dinner area is painted brightly, and there is always something noisy going on. The weekend and after-church crowd will form a line out the door for breakfast.
Also on the Menu: Hot beef sandwiches, several breakfast items sold any time.
Closing Comments: This is a nice diner with a dedicated following, just don't order the tenderloin.