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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/17 20:40:29 (permalink)
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Hey, what's half a day  for some good Roadfood?
In the grand scheme of things, a drop in the bucket.  It generally doesn't take much to get me on the road but the combination of 3 vacation days already scheduled for later that week plus some major changes at work plus a full week off just a month earlier make me a little hesitant to push the envelope.
 
Now if you were to somehow get your return flight to depart from Madison...
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/18 07:52:03 (permalink)
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Hey, what's half a day  for some good Roadfood?
In the grand scheme of things, a drop in the bucket.  It generally doesn't take much to get me on the road but the combination of 3 vacation days already scheduled for later that week plus some major changes at work plus a full week off just a month earlier make me a little hesitant to push the envelope.
 
Now if you were to somehow get your return flight to depart from Madison...



My initial plans for this trip would have put me right through Madison . I was going to fly into Milwaukee and then head directly to Madision for an off the flight bee line to the Old Fashioned for some beer cheese soup and state fair style cheese curds. However Southwest then  had a 3 day special which would have lowered my airfare into and out of Milwaukee but would have stayed the same if I flew into and out of Des Moines. Since I wanted as much Iowa time as I could possibly get, I decided to change my flight so that I could fly into and out of Des Moines
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/24 13:33:32 (permalink)
Well it happened! I figured it was only a matter of time
One of the restaurants I was planning to visit- The Dexfield Diner and Pub in Redfield IA decided being a diner wasn't cool enough and they decided to proceed with their pub half therefore of course removing all the cool items that anyone would care about off the menu, including their Iowa Smoked Chop. I called and spoke with their general manager who said they would keep this and other items as either a daily or weekly special but I was really looking for a place that had the Iowa Chop as a permanent fixture on the menu- I'm doing some additional resarch but it appears I may go to the SAC County Cattle Company in SAC City(NW Iowa)  instead .
 
On a more interesting note which I didn't bring up previously, in the early stages of planning my trip, I had considered the Rainbow Supper Club in Anamosa previously mentioned by Screaming Chicken , they went out of business a year ago under very bizarre circumstances. Apparently from what I can gather, they received accolades and excellent reviews, however the general managers had suddenly walked out and quit and instead of the owner simply finding a new general manager he closed up shop and went out of business??!!
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/24 14:14:47 (permalink)
Strange, indeed.  Maybe he was tired of the business and making it a difficult place to work, and by them quitting he didn't have to fire them in order to close?  Unfortunately I have no Anamosa contacts who know the rest of the story.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/24 21:08:47 (permalink)
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Strange, indeed.  Maybe he was tired of the business and making it a difficult place to work, and by them quitting he didn't have to fire them in order to close?  Unfortunately I have no Anamosa contacts who know the rest of the story.




I'd be curious to know myself. the whole story just sounds odd. 
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/25 08:09:02 (permalink)
Just deleted Dexfield Diner due to their change from Half pub/half diner to all pub and their subsequent removal of all the cool items off the menu (all the items that were mentioned in favorable reviews). As of now I added Sac County Cattle Company as a replacement.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/25 09:55:59 (permalink)
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Strange, indeed.  Maybe he was tired of the business and making it a difficult place to work, and by them quitting he didn't have to fire them in order to close?  Unfortunately I have no Anamosa contacts who know the rest of the story.

I'd be curious to know myself. the whole story just sounds odd. 

It looks like the Rainbow will be reopening, but based on some of the proposed changes it sounds like it could potentially lose some of the supper club vibe/atmosphere:
 
http://www.journal-eureka.com/news/article_36de803e-0f8b-11e5-b925-43917cf6dcc5.html
 
I sent an email to the Journal-Eureka and publisher Jim Johnson was kind enough to personally reply and direct me to the above article.  Support your local newspaper!
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/25 18:39:55 (permalink)
Thanks for the article SC
 Minor changes are fine, but I hope they keep some of the vibe and a similar menu and don't go the pork belly/ grown up grilled cheese/mac n cheese route. 
 
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/10 10:06:37 (permalink)
Just updated the itinerary. Monday, Tuesday (of week 1)  Thursday and Saturday still haven't been set in stone
Can't believe this is only 6 1/2 weeks away.
 
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/10 10:40:43 (permalink)
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Thanks for the article SC
 Minor changes are fine, but I hope they keep some of the vibe and a similar menu and don't go the pork belly/ grown up grilled cheese/mac n cheese route. 
 

I liked all those things the first time I had them, but haven't had the desire to order them again.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/10 11:31:35 (permalink)
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Places that I scrapped due to buffetbuster's prior trip report
Jonesy's



FYI - The new owners tanked Jonsey's (the Solon location)  and it went out of business 2013 I believe. (I was in town visiting family in spring 2014 and it was gone).  The Centerpoint location has suffered as well and family tells me both service and food has gotten pretty spotty.
 
A Iowa City long time Diner, the Hamburg Inn #2 may be worth a meal.  If you're lucky you can sit at the President Reagan booth. (He ate there in 1992)  President Clinton also ate there in 2003 but he apparently didn't rate a booth.
 
http://www.hamburginn.com/the-hamburg-inn-story
 
It's a great breakfast diner.  If I say I've eaten there 500 times, I might be underestimating.  It was our college go-to hangover cure, and then I bough a house within walking distance for a decade.  I should have my own booth.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/11 08:52:17 (permalink)
And should a Hamburg Inn #2 visit require an overnight stay in Iowa City, Mrs. Chicken and I recommend the Brown Street Inn.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/11 09:30:06 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input. As you can see by my itinerary I already have a full schedule and probably won't be able to hit all the places that I listed, as much as I would love to hit Hamburg Inn # 2, I probably won't be able too. The good news is, within the next few years after Sandra's kids are out of the house, she wants to do a Laura Ingalls Wilder tour which would put is back in this part of the country. Since I'll narrow down the best Iowa Chops to a select few after this trip, We'll be able to explore some new places that I wasn't able to visit on this trip.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/11 09:36:32 (permalink)
I didn't see any pizza on that list!   Quad-City style pizza, or Happy Joe's ... very worthy of sampling if you haven't had it before, or for a very long time.
 
It's not cheese curds or pork chops, but it's unique and delicious and you can't get it anywhere else.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/11 11:59:44 (permalink)
C'mon, man.  If you've paid any attention at all you should know by now that WJ eats pizza only in Seattle.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/11 19:53:19 (permalink)
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 If I say I've eaten there 500 times, I might be underestimating.  It was our college go-to hangover cure, and then I bough a house within walking distance for a decade.  I should have my own booth.

Over 500 times?  Next time there, you know I am asking for the WarToad booth!
 
BTW, I loved my one visit to Hamburg Inn #2.  It should be reviewed here on Roadfood.
 
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/13 12:42:17 (permalink)
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C'mon, man.  If you've paid any attention at all you should know by now that WJ eats pizza only in Seattle.




Don't be surprised, after further developments this past weekend- anything can happen. I just revised the itinerary
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/13 14:14:59 (permalink)
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Did I not go to the Redwood?
 


That is indeed a good-looking pork chop!  Did it come off a flattop or out of a skillet?  Anita is about an hour west of Des Moines so perhaps someday I'll be able to visit.
 
There doesn't seem to be much online information about the Windsor chop, at least as far as I can tell.  I'm trying to figure out where it's cut from and if it's possibly known by any other names.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/13 14:26:04 (permalink)
Windsor chop.  Center-cut, bone-in, chine bone on, thinner than an Iowa chop.

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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/13 14:37:54 (permalink)
WJ --
I will be curious to hear how you like The Drover.  
 
I went there for the first time earlier this year.  I got the whiskey rib-eye and the salad bar.  Rib-eye is my favorite cut, but I was a bit disappointed.  It was ok, but flavor and tenderness were not the best.  Also, I thought the salad bar was not that great.
 
Hope you have a better experience....
 
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P.S. -- I did get a Runza (90th and Fort) while I was in town, even though the last time I thought it was way too salty (it was from a different location).  Much better this time!
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/13 17:20:45 (permalink)
That's a lot of add ons for Monday and Tuesday...hope you'll be okay! 
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/13 21:18:57 (permalink)
You're right....I may need some assistance.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/13 21:39:56 (permalink)
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WJ --
I will be curious to hear how you like The Drover.  
 
I went there for the first time earlier this year.  I got the whiskey rib-eye and the salad bar.  Rib-eye is my favorite cut, but I was a bit disappointed.  It was ok, but flavor and tenderness were not the best.  Also, I thought the salad bar was not that great.
 
Hope you have a better experience....
 
Ivyhouse
 
P.S. -- I did get a Runza (90th and Fort) while I was in town, even though the last time I thought it was way too salty (it was from a different location).  Much better this time!




Ivyhouse
 
Thanks for your input. Roadfooder, Sgarfield highly recommended The Drover during the Charlotte bus tour. I'm hoping your experience was a fluke. I've been very curious and if I don't go check it out at least once, I'll never forgive myself. 
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/20 11:00:45 (permalink)
Just made some additional changes to the Itinerary
 
-added Fat Boy's Pizza in Davenport IA
-deleted Jo-Leigh's Java Jitters in Friend NE and added Tina's Cafe in Lincoln, NE for the elusive Runza (new thread to start this evening)
-added back in Redwood Steakhouse in Anita IA, Added Crystal Cafe in South Sioux City NE as well as alternate (either or) stops for Friday and Saturday contingent on if I have a dining companion.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/30 12:39:57 (permalink)
Just updated the list- becoming more finite
 
If anyone else wants to join me (us) just let me know.
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/30 16:15:29 (permalink)
Pizza is considered a regional specialty in Iowa?
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/30 16:29:03 (permalink)
I added Fat Boys pizza after reading that there is a regional variety exclusive to Davenport and the surrounding area.  While there are several pizza parlors serving it, Fat Boys was recommended in another thread by someone that grew up in Davenport. 
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/30 17:13:39 (permalink)
Interesting.....
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/.ki/Quad_City-style_pizza
 
looking forward to the report
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/30 18:02:50 (permalink)
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Pizza is considered a regional specialty in Iowa?


ChiTownDiner
I added Fat Boys pizza after reading that there is a regional variety exclusive to Davenport and the surrounding area.  While there are several pizza parlors serving it, Fat Boys was recommended in another thread by someone that grew up in Davenport. 





I hand picked Chi Town Diner to choose my meal stops for this trip
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Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/07/30 18:29:10 (permalink)
Is the spreadsheet included for free in the CTD package, or do you have to pay extra for it?
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