Believe it or not, I’ve actually dined at Country Junction multiple times. Every time I visit Dyersville, or Dubuque, Iowa, I end up chowing here. After 4 hours of driving from Chicago, all one wants is a cold refreshing cup of iced tea served in mason jars. In early 07, I wrote this up on Yelp. Apparently no one in Dyersville participates in the act of Yelp.
This post will probably get all of one comment and 15 views but… This picture of the huge pork tenderloin sandwich peeped out the other night and demanded to be shared.
Via the Yelp review:
The restaurant has a once-working windmill imported from somewhere foreign and the family which operates the restaurant basically built the structure from scratch, utilizing an existing barn. Or something to that effect.
First came here in search of the pork tenderloin. Google pork tenderloin and you’ll see some fiends who chase it all over the country. It’s much better than the crapola I ate in DT Dyersville, but… I don’t get it. Pork tenderloin is made from thinly sliced local hog with medium breading, fried to a golden Harold’s Chicken color, placed on top of an undersized bun. Spices? None. Condiments, your regular friends off a burger. Taste? BLAH. The breading isn’t flavored, the pork obviously isn’t marinaded nor tampered with.
Always got ice tea in the pickle jar, until 1 time I saw they offered some local Iowa brewed root beer in a 6 pack. Chilled 1 in mason jar, took the rest to a rafting camping trip up in WI.
Country Junction is independently operated and majority of the items are made in-house – SKIP THE FRIES. Overall, the restaurant is a gem and as I was told, “the best in the city”, even tho Dyersville seems to have a population of 500. Hey, beats the alternatives in Galena.
Thinking back, this restaurant seems to provide the perfect punchline to the “soulful vs tasteful” argument recently encountered at FeedmeLA.com. C’mon, Country Junction was built by the restaurant founders, from an old barn, with an windmill from the “old country”. It doesn’t get more “soulful” than this. But the burger and the pork tenderloins I’ve had here would never be next to the word “tasty” in the dictionary.
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