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Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #194 of 501 restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine
Most recent review
- Nov 25, 2013
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Good for: Local cuisine
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14 reviews from our community

42% Recommend
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I heard about Smitty's and was coming to Iowa for the obligatory family visit. How convenient, they are a 5 minute drive (maybe less) from DSM! I love this place and it will be a part of my Iowa return going forward. Friendly and efficient staff along with great food and reasonable prices! You've made a HUGE fan out of... More

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Euless, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I have never experienced the tenderloin sandwich.... My has bad lived in Iowa and took me to try one. I loved it. I had the chili cheese tenderloin sandwich. It was awesome!

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Denver, Colorado
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97 reviews 97 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This place is cool. It's an old-school type of diner. All of the people who work there are so kind, enthusiastic, helpful and friendly. They really could not have been nicer. The fryers are right there in front of you and the place just oozes a throw back to the 50's and 60's. I was really hoping that the food... More

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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127 reviews 127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I'd heard about Smitty's for several years and finally had the opportunity to try it out. The tenderloin was too thin for me, which made it rather dry. I prefer them thicker. The onion rings and breaded cheese curds where very good. Service was friendly. This is your typical diner with primarily fried food.

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Newton, Iowa
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Tenderloins are an Iowa staple and only in Iowa can you get them deep fat fried. We also know a real one from a fritter passed off as one. Smitty's are genuine Iowa pork tenderloins and are as big as a diner plate in a regular size hamburger bun. We also ordered a box of onion rings that we ended... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Apparently the pork tenderloin sandwich is a midwest phenomenon and Smitty's does it as well as anyone. Very small restaurant so take out is your best bet.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

We heard about Smitty's thru some local people. It was not what we expected. The tenderloin was large but very thin & dry. I thought I was eating Country Fried Steak wo gravy. We thought it was going to be shaved tenderloin like steak but was fried. OK just because we were hungry but will not go back.

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Urbandale, IA
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107 reviews 107 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

I do like a little pork in my tenderloin, but these were pounded out and cooked so long it was hard to chew. The location is quaint but could use some updating.

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Roseville, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

Tenderloin was large but breading was too heavy. I've had much better tenderloins elsewhere. I thought it was pricey too.

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Concord, North Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

My brother and I made a trip back to Iowa to go to a cousin's reunion. We got layed over in Chicago and through all the confusion of the flight, we talked with several people where could we get a tenderlion. It had been years since we had one and my brother said that we would be eating one w/i... More

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