The title's appropriate so I guess I'll resurrect this thread instead of starting a new one.
My annual Iowa trip is coming up this week and I'm leaning toward driving US-151, IA-1, and US-6 for the Dubuque-Des Moines leg. I've been perusing some maps and have come up with some possible lunch stops, and I'm hoping someone might have some feedback. ANAMOSA Tyler & Downing's
looks like it might be a little on the hip/trendy side but it does offer a hand-cut, hand-breaded BPT and a burger made with Maytag blue cheese. Otherwise it looks like the Anamosa Family Restaurant is my other choice. MT. VERNON Lincoln Cafe
and Skillet Cafe
have both caught my eye, and although Skillet doesn't offer a BPT (are they breaking some sort of law) the other offerings and spirit of the owners
certainly seem worthy. AMANA Ox Yoke Inn
has been mentioned here a number of times but I'm leaning toward The Ronneburg Restaurant
simply because it's not the Ox Yoke. I can occasionally be somewhat contrary. GRINNELL
Since it's a college town Grinnell has a lot of choices and rather than list them all I'll just ask if there's one really good place that's worth a stop. Grinnell Steakhouse
or West Side Family Restaurant
, maybe? NEWTON
Since it's close to I-80 Newton has plenty of chain fast-food places but local offerings appear to be limited to Giovanni's Family Restaurant, La Cabana Mexican Restaurant, and Senor Tequila. And even though the Iowa meatpacking industry employs many Hispanic workers I doubt Wanderingjew
would consider Mexican food a regionally appropriate choice.
By this point I'll be close to Des Moines and my annual Thursday night pizza so it's time to stop eating. Well, unless Papa Georgio's in Colfax
is a place I really shouldn't miss...