Definition of tenderloin
1 : a strip of tender meat consisting of a large internal muscle of the loin on each side of the vertebral column
2 [from its making possible a luxurious diet for a corrupt police officer] : a district of a city largely devoted to vice
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Mint and basil add pops of freshness to this hearty noodle bowl. 1 (1 lb.) pork tenderloin3 tbsp.
Also popular is the Double Porker featuring pork tenderloin with fried bacon, topped with beer cheese and served on a ciabatta bun with chips.
Ask for a nice 3- to 4-pound roast from the middle of the tenderloin.
The carne version ($14) came with cubes of beef tenderloin, black beans and chunks of potato. Smothered with the red guajillo sauce,
The only cut that has ever left me cold is the tenderloin.
Flattened out to between three and six inches in diameter, the $10 pork tenderloin is served up on a bun with lettuce, tomato and onion, while fans vary their condiment choices among mustard, mayo, ketchup or plain.
Watson says the protein offering depends on what the kitchen has butchered that day; in the past, the board has featured dry-aged top sirloin with swordfish kabob, lamb rack and pork tenderloin and ribs and skirt steak.
Menu offerings include beef tenderloin, fresh Atlantic halibut, spring vegetable Asian noodles, lobster quiche, whole wheat French toast with orange zest, and trifle with fresh berries and whipped cream.
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Did You Know?
A tenderloin, of course, is a juicy and tasty cut of meat. In the late 19th century, however, Tenderloin saw use as a nickname for the neighborhood of midtown Manhattan, west of Broadway and below 42nd Street. This district, which contained numerous bordellos, gambling houses, and watering holes, alongside theaters and hotels, became a hotbed of corruption - and, it was alleged by some, blackmail by police. The notion of dishonest law enforcers being able to afford a nice meal off activity in this district is believed to have given the Tenderloin its name. Soon the term was applied to similarly seedy districts in other cities.
First Known Use of tenderloin
TENDERLOIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tenderloin for English Language Learners
: a piece of very tender meat from the back of a cow or pig
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