Big A’s, St Charles, Missouri
This is my first tenderloin review West of the Mississippi! Actually, it’s even West of the Missouri river, only just barely.
Big A’s is located in St Charles, a charming village on the banks of the Missouri river. It’s famed as being the starting point of the Lewis and Clark trip, and with brick streets and buildings dating back to the mid 1800s, it’s a wonderful place to visit. Shady brick streets, it makes for a pleasant evening’s walk.
Big A’s is primarily a sports bar, with a heavy slant towards the Cardinals, Rams, and Blues, of course. It’s a long, narrow building, with brick walls, a huge wooden bar, and good service and prices. Even though we’re not from here, our server made us feel at home right away.
When I saw a breaded tenderloin on the menu, I knew I had to try it and review it!
The meat was tender and flavorful, and the breading was, in a word, outstanding…VERY good indeed. This tenderloin was pounded out thinner than is my preference, but, in this case, it worked for me. The meat was flavorful enough and the breading was so perfect it actually was better than most thick tenderloins I’ve tried.
There are some regional differences in food, and a breaded tenderloin is no exception. What was different about this one? It was served on a “hoagie” roll…at least that’s what the menu said. To me, it seemed more like a standard hot dog bun, and that seriously weakened the score on this sandwich. With any tenderloin, you’re used to seeing it hang over the bun, but to put it on a hot dog bun? There’s just too much overhang for my taste.
That said, the sandwich was still pretty good. If it were on a standard bun, it certainly would rate a 4.5 or so from The Tenderloin Connoisseur. That bun drops my rating to a 3.5….better than average, but not the best around.
The condiments were brought exactly as I asked. Big A’s breaded tenderloin goes for $8.95 and that includes your choice of waffle or standard french fries.
Big A’s is located at 308 N Main Street, St. Charles, Missouri.
Until next time, this is The Tenderloin Connoisseur signing off tonight from Strafford, Missouri.