Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Location: 214 W. Main St in Cherokee, Western Iowa.
Directions: Its right on Main St. in Cherokee and just half a block West of Highway 59.
Online at: Facebook page is HERE.
Price: $12.49 with a side of fries, the regular tenderloin with fries is $8.29
Service: It was seat yourself and table service when I stopped in. Not much else to say here.
Ambiance: This is a small town main street bar with walls filled with old signs and antiques. There is a bar area and small booths for seating.
Final Thoughts: I always have to think about whether its worth loading up on the toppings and whether I will ever make it back to try the basic sandwich. So many places are putting the same thing on top of their tenderloins, I just wish someone would put something a little more interesting.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Location: 104 NE 4th St in Decatur City, Decatur County, Southern Iowa. Its about sixty miles south of Des Moines.
Directions: Just a few hundred feet East from exit 12 when taking I-35 into Southern Iowa.
The Tenderloin: This one felt like seven or eight ounces when I lifted it up. The meat was in an odd pounded out shape, I had had tenderloins here before in the usual triangle shape. The breading was crunchy and golden brown but some parts were cooked more than others and showed in the darker coloration. Served on a large toasted bun with your choice of fixings. Overall 7.5 out of ten.
Price: $6.50 with a side of ridged potato chips.
Ambiance: The Dinky Diner is a later model of the Valentine prefab diner known as the "Double Deluxe", meaning its twice as big as most others with straight edges and corners. There are small booths to go along with the counter seating, and the whole place is spacious compared to other pre-fab diners.
Final Thoughts: Decatur City is twelve miles north of the state line, the second exit from the state border on I-35. I was sure I could find another on my trip south. My next stop in this area will probably be the Sale Barn Cafe in Lamoni, off the first exit on I-35.