On Saturday, the Tenderloin Appreciation Society hopped in one of Scottie D.’s many vehicles and headed north on 17 to Webster City. Home of the Grid Iron Grill and Sports Lounge. The current reigning Best Tenderloin in Iowa according to the Iowa Pork Producer’s Association.
Scott and Porter had their game faces on. Although Porter actually ordered chicken strips. He is still in training.
They have one of those pin your location maps.
They also have coloring contests.
The official plaque!
Our waittress delivering our tenderloins.
Austin. About to become a man.
Scottie D.’s first bite.
Austin with a “tenderloin bomb”.
Austin makes it official.
Are you taking the picture?
My first bite.
Christopher D. Bennett was here.
His work done. He retired for the day.
They have a mailbox for Santa.
They’ve won some awards. Dilly dilly!
Their nightly specials.
The Tenderloin Appreciation Society
- The meat to bun ration was nearly dead on. Could have used a touch more meat, but awful close to the golden ratio.
- A good thick cut of meat. Not one of those flat pork fritters masquerading as a tenderloin.
- A light breading, which worried me, but the breading had a good flavor.
- The bun was toasted.
- It is a clean restaurant with good service.
- They serve Pepsi products.
- Red onions. Not a complete miss, but not the preferred tenderloin onion.
- Kaiser bun. Seemed to distract from the tenderloin. But at least it wasn’t as terrible as a panini bun.
- Standard tenderloin came with onion, pickles, lettuce, and tomato. The standard tenderloin SHOULD come with onion and pickles. You should put the mustard and ketchup on yourself. Get rid of the lettuce and tomato.
- Sweet pickles. This was the biggest miss by far. Sweet pickles don’t belong on a tenderloin.
- Very greasy. I know. A tenderloin. But so greasy that the bottom bun was very soggy and made it a challenge to finish the sandwich and keep my glorious beard relatively clean. I’m not sure if this sogginess was a result of the kaiser bun OR because the tenderloin wasn’t properly drained after it was pulled from the fryer. My gut reaction is that it is a conglomeration of both.
THE FINAL WORD
The Grid Iron Grill serves a good, but not great tenderloin. I would gladly eat it again, but I would not pursue it. It is does not belong in the Pantheon with Nick’s or Cole’s or The Legal Limit (may she rest in peace), but it is certainly several notches above garbage tenderloins like you see at The Lucky Pig or Gramma’s Kitchen or Thunderhead Sports Bar & Grill.
Sometime in January the Tenderloin Appreciation Society will be visiting the 2017 runner-up in Winterset. If you would like to apply for a spot on our next field work trip, you know how to contact me.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
Rather than my standard picture of an inflatable turkey, thought (with apologies to Lecrae, I’d give thanks for some of the many blessings in my life.
Count it up, count it up, count it up.
Line ’em up, line ’em up, line ’em up.
Blessed with a tremendous biological family. Blessed to share DNA and a life with these people.
Blessed to be a part of Olivia’s family. Blessed to learn a new definition of the word “family” from Shorty and Doris.
Blessed to be a part of an incredible church family. From Youth Group to Methodist Men to the people I see in the pews on Sundays.
Blessed to have a job and double blessed to have a great work family. 7 AM comes pretty early, but so many of the people I work with make the struggle worth the effort.
Blessed to share a life with this band of brothers. Not one of us has any fashion sense, but I’d still take a bullet for any of them.
Blessed to fit in with this band of sisters as well.
Blessed to be able to share my love of weird cinema with like minded individuals once a month.
Blessed to be a Cyclone and double blessed to have somebody to share so many trips to Jack Trice (a spiritual place for me) with.
Blessed to have a roof over my head that belongs to me. Blessed that I can extend that roof over friends and family when their life needs it. Blessed that when I say, “Want to help paint by house?” 20+ people show up.
Blessed that friends from past jobs are still important pillars of my current life.
Blessed that people that aren’t related to me consider me an uncle to them.
Blessed to have a car that I can drive out of town and not worry about the tire falling off.
Blessed to have so many people in my life that when I say, “I’m coming to your city”, they say, “You’re staying with us right?”
Blessed to have so many people in my life that fill gaps.
Blessed that even though I’m aged, I still healthy enough to still ball. Although pretty poorly these days.
Blessed that even though I’m aged, I still have people in my life that keep me young.
Blessed to have people in my life that want to change the world for the better, when I get cynical.
Blessed to have art in my life.
Blessed to have a beautiful beard. Even if the old guys at my church hate it.
Blessed to have people who will help with projects like this, no questions asked.
Blessed to share a life and a domicile with this crazy beast. Teaches me about selfless love every single day.
Blessed to have a chance to spread my blessings to others, sometimes, with some of my favorite people.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of my blessings. But I don’t want it to start to sound like I’m bragging.
It is 7:01 AM. Some of us are already at work. The rest of you (at least those of you that live in Ward 5 of Boone, Iowa) are already standing in line at the Boone County Courthouse to cast your vote for Scott Degeneffe.
Some of you aren’t there though. Why not?
If I lived in Ward 5, I would have camped out overnight. Then tailgated in the morning. Then the moment the Boone County Courthouse doors were open, I would’ve have barged in and cast my vote for Scott Degeneffe.
Then I probably would’ve taken the rest of the day off to celebrate that I had done the best thing I could do on that day to improve the future outlook of Boone.
There was a time I was going to write a lengthy letter to the editor to the Boone News Republican about Scott’s many good points and why the good people of Ward 5 should run, not walk to the Boone County Courthouse on November 7 to cast their vote for Scott.
Unfortunately for me and maybe fortunately for Scott, time has not been my friend lately and I missed the deadline. That letter never was written.
Fortunately for you, Scott did write such a letter and I will share it with you:
If you are not an early riser, polls close at 8 PM.
This is the second to last time I’m going to remind you that if you live in Ward 5 of the great town of Boone, Iowa you should get out and vote for Scott Degeneffe for City Council tomorrow.
However, maybe you don’t know Scott as well as I do. It is possible that you haven’t known him for over 15 years. It is possible you haven’t worked with him. It is possible you haven’t been on a competitive barbecue team with him. It is possible you don’t spend your spare time traveling the state of Iowa looking for great tenderloins with him.
It is even possible that you just don’t want to take my word that he is a tremendous choice to represent Ward 5 on the City Council because of his character, because he isn’t an ideologue, because he is a pragmatic problem solver with years of working to build consensus through compromise.
Perhaps you want to hear from the man himself! Well your lucky, below is a video where the audio track is Scott’s interview on KWBG from a few weeks back:
IF YOUR ARE VIEWING THIS BLOG POST VIA EMAIL, YOU WILL NEED TO ACTUALLY GO TO MY WEBSITE TO WATCH/LISTEN TO HIS INTERVIEW. YOU CAN GET THERE BY CLICKING ON THE TITLE OF THIS BLOG POST AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL. IT WILL TAKE YOU STRAIGHT TO THIS BLOG POST ON MY WEBSITE. IF YOU’RE THERE, MIGHT AS WELL LEAVE A COMMENT. I’M JUST SAYING…
So give the interview a listen and then go vote for Scott Degeneffe tomorrow!
This is your 3 Day out reminder about your chance to knock down some high quality BGR barbecue and meet City Council Candidate for Ward 5 on Sunday. 12-2. Herman Park.
The food is free and delicious! I’ll be there manning a table about voter registration or something like that. Scott may even reveal his position on the Boone’s big chicken controversy. Who know? Anything could happen!
I mean if my Uncle Terry likes him…
Then you can rest assured that Scott is good people.
See you there!
Stand by for NEWS!!!
For the first time in (well I’m sure it has been a really long time) I am using the full power of this blog (COUGH! COUGH!) to endorse a political candidate for public office.
That man: Scott Degeneffe
That political office: Boone City Council – Ward 5
Take a look at his flyer:
You may be asking yourself, “Do I live in Ward 5? I want to vote for Scott Degeneffe RIGHT NOW!!!!”
While I agree that he is a person, a candidate, that is worthy of such passion, but you only live in Ward 5 if you live West of Division Street, North of Park Avenue, East of Montana, and South of 9th Street.
But just don’t take my endorsement. Come to the “Meat” and Greet next Sunday from 12-2 to meet the man. Take him around the block. Kick the tires. Look him in the eyes. Then go make plans to vote for him on November 7.
Boone City Council.
Don’t worry, this won’t be the last time you’ll be hearing about this… And I’ll see you at the Herman Park Pavilion next Sunday!
Special thanks to Michelle Haupt for snazzing up the flyer.