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Goldie's tenderloins judged to be the best in Iowa

Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 11/04/2009 2:42 PM

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Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe

Owners: Brad Magg is the manager and owns the business with his parents, Gary and Marilee Magg

Location: 304 West Second Street, Prairie City, Iowa

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday

Known for: Pork tenderloins, judged to be the best in Iowa by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The Mingo Special is a pork tenderloin with Italian sausage and mozzarella cheese for $7.75. The Magg Combo is a cheese burger on top of a pork tenderloin, also for $7.75. The breaded pork tenderloin sandwich is $5.50.

Contact them at (515) 994-3190

PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa -- Pork tenderloin sales have tripled since Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe was recently named the 2009 winner of the Iowa Pork Producers Association's Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest.

"Before the contest we sold 350 tenderloins per week, and we sold 1,330 that first week after they announced that we were the winners," said Brad Magg. "It's been really fun, but it does make for some long days. We've had customers come from Canada and all across the country for tenderloins."

Magg received a check for $500 and a plaque for his winning sandwich.

"Wow, was my initial reaction when I first heard the news," said Magg. "I couldn't believe it at first until I saw that my cousin (who works at the restaurant) had tears in her eyes. Then I started to believe."

Magg, 23, also operates a catering business that he started when he was 15. He baked and cooked in elementary school and was soon selling cookies and pies to people in the community. Magg earned a culinary arts degree from the Iowa Culinary Institute at Des Moines Area Community College.

A month before he graduated from DMACC in 2007, he and his parents, Gary and Marilee, bought Goldie's. The restaurant had been just an ice cream shop, but when Magg took over he expanded the building, added food to the menu and made it a year-round business.

The pork for the tenderloins is purchased at the Altoona Fareway, where it's cut and tenderized. Magg has his own secret breading.

Along with breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches, Goldie's has a variety of other pork choices including a grilled tenderloin, a hot ham and Swiss, a marinated pork loin and a pizza burger. The meat used for Goldie's Italian sausage sandwich and the beef used in all Goldie's hamburgers come from Magg's family's farm and are processed locally in Jasper County.

Goldie's offers health-conscious menu items including grilled chicken and salads, and features a daily special. Meat loaf and hot beef are two favorites.

"We are very honored to be chosen as having the best tenderloin in Iowa," Magg said. "I'm so appreciative of the honor."

TC's Point After in DeWitt placed second in the competition and received a plaque and $250 from IPPA. The Corner Station in Templeton, Tojo's Bar and Grill in Jamaica and Angle Inn in Walford received honorable mention .

Becky Maher from Mingo nominated Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe and received $100.

A total of 393 nominations were submitted for this year's contest and 42 received the required three or more nominations and became finalists. Judging by the IPPA Restaurant and Foodservice Committee was completed in September. The committee judges the pork tenderloin sandwiches on taste, physical characteristics and appearance.

All restaurant, cafes and taverns that serve breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches can be nominated.

-- Jean Caspers Simmet

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