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South Pole
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252 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 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
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 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!

Thank Gretchen W
Aurora, Colorado
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173 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 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 

Thank Ann M
Garwin, Iowa
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252 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 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.

Thank Phyllis B
Newton, Iowa
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90 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 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 

Thank MALaehn
Des Moines, Iowa
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 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.

Thank RDG44
Saint Louis, Missouri
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 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.

Thank Steve D
Urbandale, IA
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123 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 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.

Thank SamplesEvrythng
Roseville, California
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83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2011

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

Thank steve5235
Concord, North Carolina
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 July 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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  • Address: Des Moines, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?