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Hitting the Heartland Trail

From Monday August 24 through Tuesday September 1 I will be returning to the Heartland after a 4 year absence. This is one of those trips, where I really need to plan in advance. Believe it or not I've been remiss in doing so these last few years. However this trip is special, as it will be featuring at least half a dozen or more stops involving nothing but Iowa chops, an item that 1 or 2 former posters (ok, just 1)  may have mislead others into thinking it's no longer worth seeking out in favor of breaded pork tenderloin and loose meat sandwiches . Anyway because I may never find myself in this part of the country again, at least not  for a very long time, I need to make sure that I "cross my t's and dot my i's" and ensure that all the places I want to visit are open.
 
This trip will mostly take me through Eastern, Western and Central Iowa. It will also include breaded pork tenderloins, hot beefs, hopefully at least one chance for sour cream raisin pie and one last chance for a loosemeats (tavern) sandwich at Miles Inn, Ayersians' (Chris')  favorite
 
I will also spend some time in eastern Nebraska, and Southeastern South Dakota seeking out Steak, Cheese Frenchies, Burgers, a "bunza" or two (yes, that's what some places out there call the trademarked Runza) Chislic and Tomato Beer.
There is a possibilty that a couple of Roadfooders from the Windy City may join me for for a day or so during part of my trip.
 
There won't be a trip report, but I will post restaurant reviews of places that I consider worthy. I will also see if Michael Stern will allow me access to the Roadfood Digest.
 
So if anyone will be in the area and would like to join me for a meal or two. let me know. I'm still working on the itinerary and schedule,  there may be some jumping around due to odd hours and availability of certain menu items.
 
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/11 10:04:18 (permalink)
    wanderingjew
    From Monday August 24 through Tuesday September 1 I will be returning to the Heartland after a 4 year absence.

    Sounds like the restraining orders have expired.
     
    wanderingjew
    So if anyone will be in the area and would like to join me for a meal or two. let me know. I'm still working on the itinerary and schedule,  there may be some jumping around due to odd hours and availability of certain menu items.

    While I'd like to take you up on your offer, my annual Ohio trip just happens to be Aug. 26-30 so I think that pretty much rules me out.  Of course, that's still 2-1/2 months away and sometimes things change, so who knows!
     
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/11 11:02:29 (permalink)
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    You going to be in the Columbus area?  If so, give us a shout.  We'll buy you a Bahama Mama at Schmidt's!
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/11 11:35:23 (permalink)
    If you are near Atlantic, I bet I could persude my Mom to make a sour cream raisin pie. Would love to meet up someplace.
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/11 11:54:17 (permalink)
    wj
    It's going to be a great trip!!  There is wonderful food, friendly folks and a lot of beautiful country out there.  Haven't been to Iowa for about 7 years but from 2001-2008 I went just about every year.  It's even great in the winter.  Have fun!  Wish I could meet you in Le Mars!!
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/11 16:54:31 (permalink)
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    wanderingjew
    From Monday August 24 through Tuesday September 1 I will be returning to the Heartland after a 4 year absence.

    Sounds like the restraining orders have expired.
    This is officially my favorite post of the year!!!


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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/11 16:57:39 (permalink)
    WJ-
    I am especially interested to see what you come up with for chislic.  Freeman, SD is supposed to be the chislic capital of the state, but that may have changed since Papa's Restaurant closed down.
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/11 16:59:21 (permalink)
    blizzardstormus
    If you are near Atlantic, I bet I could persude my Mom to make a sour cream raisin pie.
    That sounds like an offer I couldn't refuse!!!


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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/11 17:03:26 (permalink)
    Have a great trip, WJ.  You probably don't need it, but here's a link to my report about my pie-eating trip through Iowa  and Minnesota a few years ago.
     http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Pieowa-Roadtrip-m700883.aspx
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/11 17:51:50 (permalink)
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    wanderingjew
    From Monday August 24 through Tuesday September 1 I will be returning to the Heartland after a 4 year absence.

    Sounds like the restraining orders have expired.
     
    wanderingjew
    So if anyone will be in the area and would like to join me for a meal or two. let me know. I'm still working on the itinerary and schedule,  there may be some jumping around due to odd hours and availability of certain menu items.

    While I'd like to take you up on your offer, my annual Ohio trip just happens to be Aug. 26-30 so I think that pretty much rules me out.  Of course, that's still 2-1/2 months away and sometimes things change, so who knows!
     


     
     
    Either that or my purse strings loosened up a bit. Flying into Chicago is a pain because the traffic sucks and flying elsewhere into the mid west is just plain too expensive. If your plans change, let me know
     

    If you are near Atlantic, I bet I could persude my Mom to make a sour cream raisin pie. Would love to meet up someplace.




    Mark
     I would certainly like to meet up again, I haven't seen you since the CT (School) bus tour and you know I'd do just about anything for your mom's sour cream raisin pie. I checked google maps and it looks like the Chatterbox in Audobon and The Red Barn in Exira and relatively close to you. I plan on hitting both spots for lunch on two different days, I'm not sure what days yet but it will definetely be on a week day, I'll let you know once I finalize my itinerary
     
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    WJ-
    I am especially interested to see what you come up with for chislic.  Freeman, SD is supposed to be the chislic capital of the state, but that may have changed since Papa's Restaurant closed down.




    buffetbuster
     
    check out the menu of Meridian Corner  I've been wanting to visit since my last trip to SD but didn't know about this place until after the fact. Not only do they have lamb chislic but they have mutton chislic too (however it appears lamb chislic is the way to go. They also have "tiger meat" which isn't exactly tiger meat and SD's version of Knoephla soup.
     
    rumaki
    Have a great trip, WJ.  You probably don't need it, but here's a link to my report about my pie-eating trip through Iowa  and Minnesota a few years ago.
     http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Pieowa-Roadtrip-m700883.aspx




    rumaki, 
     
    Thanks for the link. I have to keep pie and other sweets in check but hope to make an exception or two along the way
     
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/12 07:58:00 (permalink)
    I just hit my first snag of the trip.
    The roadfood reviewed B & B grocery in Des Moines is closed on Mondays- I was going to make that my first "off the plane" stop before driving off to Eastern Iowa. With the schedule I'm just begining to figure out, unless they're offering BPT's for breakfast on any given other day, then I may have to miss out.
     
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/12 09:28:04 (permalink)
    I just may be in Ohio that week. I pass through Iowa often coming and going south mostly.
     
    I would recommend you find time for the Augusta Restaurant in Oxford, IA. Relocated Katrina hurricane refugees own it and it is an interesting meld of New Orleans influence with Iowa heartland food in a very small town. They adapted and did it well enough to garner an IPPA award for best breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. Looking over their menu they don't serve a pork chop unless it comes along on their weekly chef special.
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/12 12:18:20 (permalink)
    Davydd
    I would recommend you find time for the Augusta Restaurant in Oxford, IA.

    Thanks, Davydd!  If WJ isn't able to visit during his trip I'll make it a stop of my own next year.
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/12 13:21:29 (permalink)
    Davydd
    I just may be in Ohio that week. I pass through Iowa often coming and going south mostly.
     
    I would recommend you find time for the Augusta Restaurant in Oxford, IA. Relocated Katrina hurricane refugees own it and it is an interesting meld of New Orleans influence with Iowa heartland food in a very small town. They adapted and did it well enough to garner an IPPA award for best breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. Looking over their menu they don't serve a pork chop unless it comes along on their weekly chef special.




    Davydd
     
    You must have read my mind. Either  Augusta or Goldies in Prairie City were alternative stops if I can't make it to
    B & B
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/12 16:14:51 (permalink)
    I've been to both. Goldie's has my approval as well. However, Goldie no longer owns the place. She sold it off, but as of a couple years ago she was continuing to work there to give it cred. If I had to make a choice it would be Augusta easily.
     
    For my next trip through Iowa I had the B & B on my short list. I've added Sandy's Grill in Huxley, IA and whichever restaurant gets the IPPA best breaded pork tenderloin award this year (October) will also get my attention. I also have my eye on a place in northeast Iowa way off the beaten path I have passed by a couple of times that no one has ever mentioned here, on the Internet anywhere or in my Facebook group. They have a sign out front claiming the best tenderloin. I have to find out.
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/13 10:23:28 (permalink)
    It looks like Augusta is out too- they're closed Monday and Tuesday so that won't work so it looks like Goldie's is the alternate for B & B
     
    So far it looks like I'll fly into Des Moines on Monday August 24 and head to Eastern and Northeastern Iowa through Wednesday morning. I'll spend the next couple of days with Des Moines as my base and then friday morning spend the next few days in Western Iowa, the Omaha area and Southeastern South Dakota. I'll head back toward  Des Moines  on Monday ,after lunch time and spend the rest of the trip there, until I leave Wednesday morning.
    Because of one day specials, and the hours of various restaurants this itinerary is set in stone.
     
    Here are my Iowa Chop Stops:
     
    Sac County Cattle Co.
     
    Old Rossville Store- Waukon IA
     
    Gold Slipper- Dunlap IA
     
    Bogie's Steakhouse - Albia IA
     
    Niland's Cafe- Colo IA
     
    Jessie's Embers- Des Moines IA
     
    I will also go to the Machine Shed- most likely the Davenport one for breakfast as they have a pork chop (not an Iowa Chop) on the breakfast menu. 
     
    I suspect a few of you (I won't name names) will have a pre conceived notion that either the Machine Shed or Jessie's Embers will have the best chop because they  are both Roadfood reviewed, that is very likely.I really look forward to visiting Jessie's Embers  and I know how good the chop is at the Machine Shed however keep in mind how many times the Sterns have mentioned that recommendations that came in to them had completely missed their Roadfood radar and  they never would have known about them unless someone had suggested it to them. 
     
    As much has I would love to try the Chops at Archie's Waeside, unless I have a dining companion and the opportunity to share, that likely won't happen.
     
    post edited by wanderingjew - 2015/06/25 08:05:28
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/13 10:55:57 (permalink)
    Well, I look forward to your research.
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/13 11:17:16 (permalink)
    Ive spent the past year on a taco truck photo project in Des Moines, you can see the album here:
    https://www.flickr.com/ph...sets/72157642016644033
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/14 19:31:19 (permalink)
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    check out the menu of Meridian Corner  I've been wanting to visit since my last trip to SD but didn't know about this place until after the fact. Not only do they have lamb chislic but they have mutton chislic too (however it appears lamb chislic is the way to go. They also have "tiger meat" which isn't exactly tiger meat and SD's version of Knoephla soup.
    Looks outstanding WJ!  I may even stop in myself while driving through.  Don't worry, I promise to give you full credit for finding it first!


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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/14 20:04:57 (permalink)
    trzhotel,
    What a wonderful project!  The food photography was especially lovely, and the shots of the trucks really captured their status as "folk art".
     
    Who knew Des Moines was so cool?
     
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/14 22:29:12 (permalink)
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    check out the menu of Meridian Corner  I've been wanting to visit since my last trip to SD but didn't know about this place until after the fact. Not only do they have lamb chislic but they have mutton chislic too (however it appears lamb chislic is the way to go. They also have "tiger meat" which isn't exactly tiger meat and SD's version of Knoephla soup.
    Looks outstanding WJ!  I may even stop in myself while driving through.  Don't worry, I promise to give you full credit for finding it first!






    Hey I've never been there, so if you make it there first and it's a winner, then you get the credit. All I ask for i a full report on your findings. if you make it to Meridian Corner.
     
    On an aside, I received a  special  request to post the rest of my itinerary, which because of the unusual nature of this trip (ie the routing logistics, hours and days open and specials offered on certain days) is starting to take a definitive shape and I hope to post sometime this week
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/15 00:11:33 (permalink)
    WJ, I can't remember if you've been to the Redwood in Anita before, but their pork is phenomenal (don't know if they serve a chop, though). If I were Ant-Man, I'd travel in your suitcase!    Chris
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/15 07:57:00 (permalink)
    Will it be in spreadsheet form?
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/15 08:26:31 (permalink)
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    WJ, I can't remember if you've been to the Redwood in Anita before, but their pork is phenomenal (don't know if they serve a chop, though). If I were Ant-Man, I'd travel in your suitcase!    Chris



    Ayersian,
    Did I not go to the Redwood?
     

     
    This insatiable porcine  meal of multiple oinks still taunts me in my dreams.   Oh, if there was a way to come back here again, I would. The Redwood serves a Windsor chop. It's a thinner cut than the traditional Iowa Chop, and I'm trying to remain pure, and stay with the Iowa cut throughout the trip. 
    Chris, stay tuned for the rest of my itinerary, I think you're going to find a lot of your old favorites!
     
    ChiTownDiner
    Will it be in spreadsheet form?


    Tell you what, if you do join me for part or all  of the Eastern Iowa part of the trip, I'll let you do it.
     
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/15 18:50:24 (permalink)
    You are the fearless leader....
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/15 22:12:11 (permalink)
    I'm going to post my proposed itinerary due to yesterday's special request.... The first couple of days  (Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th)  the itninerary is very tentative and could go any which way depending  if anyone one joins me.
     
    Monday August 24th
     
    Breakfast  - Tori's Ice Cream Parlor - Ladd, IL
     
    Lunch #1 - Kramer's Kitchen - Princeton, IL
     
    Snack #1 - TBD - Geneseo, IL

    Snack #2 - Langomarcino's- Davenport, IA
     
    Lunch #2 -  TC's Point After - Dewitt, IA                      
          
    Dinner# 1-  Riefe's Restaurant- Davenport IA,
              # 2-  Fat  Boy's Pizza - Davenport IA
     
    Ice Cream - Whitey's Ice Cream - locally, several locations
     
     
     
    Tuesday August 25th
     
    Breakfast- Machine Shed- Davenport IA
     
    Lunch- Country Junction- Dyersville IA
             
    Dinner- Old Rossville Store- Waukon IA 
     
    Potential  Add on's for Tuesday
     
    Whitey's Ice Cream- Quad Cities IA/IL
    Wilton Candy Kitchen- Wilton IA
    Mabe's Pizza- Decorah, IA
     
     
     
     
    Wednesday August 26
     
    Breakfast- Ruby's or Family Table - Decorah IA
     
    Lunch # 1- Coffee Cup Cafe- Sully, IA 
     
    Lunch # 2- B & B Grocery- Des Moines IA
     
    Dinner- Bogie's Steakhouse- Albia IA
     
     
     
    Thursday August 27
     
    Lunch- Chatterbox Cafe- Audobon IA
     
    Dinner-  The Redwood Steakhouse- Anita, IA  

                
       
     
                
     
    Friday August 28
     
    Breakfast-  Cast Iron Cafe- Stanton IA
    Lunch # 1-      Jo-Leigh's Java Jitters (Bunzas!) Friend NE 
              #2 -     Tina's Cafe- Lincoln NE (Go-Carts aka Runzas !!)
     
    Dinner-  #1The Gold Slipper- Dunlap, IA
                 #2 (potential)- Sac County Cattle Company- Sac City IA
     
     
    Saturday August 29
     
    Lunch- Meridian's Corner- Freeman SD 
     
    Dinner- Archie's Wayside- Le Mars IA
                
     
    Sunday August 30
     
    Breakfast- Crystal Cafe - South Sioux City NE
     
    Lunch- Miles Inn- Sioux City IA 
     
    Snack- Ted and Wally's- Omaha NE
     
    Diner- The Drover- Omaha NE
     
     
    Monday August 31
     
    Breakfast- Shirley's Diner- Omaha
     
    Lunch#1- Stella's- Bellevue NE
            #2- Dmoore's Pizza (Runza Pockets) - Tekemah NE
     
    Dinner- Jessie's Embers- Des Moines IA
     
     
    Tuesday- September 1
     
    Lunch- Red Barn- Exira  IA
     
    Dinner- Nilands Cafe- Colo, IA
     
    Places that I scrapped due to buffetbuster's prior trip report
    The Shanti
    St Olaf's Tap
    Jonesy's
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/16 10:26:58 (permalink)
    Wanderingjew, Mom is excited to see you again! Her 80th birthday is August 30 so this will be a great present for her. She won't make me a sour cream raisin pie, but for special people like yourself, she will bake a pie. I love the old Iowa report. Unfortunately, not only has the Farmer's Kitchen closed since then, but so has the Danish Inn.
     
    ScreamingChicken, wonderful report! But, I need addresses! I visit Des Moines once a month. I frequent the taco truck which usually is parked near Lutheran hospital on East University. Fantastic food at every truck I have found!
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/16 14:06:09 (permalink)
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    Looking forward to seeing you and Charlene. I remember when I first visited the Farmer's Kitchen with TTM back in 2008. Your mom was quite the charming lady.
    I'm sorry to hear about the Danish Kitchen too, I was totally enthralled when you and your brother were talking shop with the owner, Jeremy. I can't believe that was 4 years ago.
     
    There's a possibility that ChiBears15 may join me for part of the Western Iowa trip, I'm hoping he gets to meet you and your mom too.
     
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/17 10:19:19 (permalink)
    blizzardstormus
    ScreamingChicken, wonderful report! But, I need addresses! I visit Des Moines once a month. I frequent the taco truck which usually is parked near Lutheran hospital on East University. Fantastic food at every truck I have found!

    Thanks, but are you possibly meaning trzhotel and not me?  He's the one who put together the taco truck page.
     
    wanderingjew
    I'm going to post my proposed itinerary due to yesterday's special request.... The first couple of days (Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th)  the itninerary is very tentative and could go any which way depending if anyone one joins me.
     
    Monday August 24th
     
    Lunch - Most likely Goldie's Ice Cream Shop- Prairie City IA or
                                TC's Point After - Dewitt IA (Monday or Tuesday)
           
    Dinner- It could go any which way-  Either to Western IA and the Redwood Steakhouse Anita IA
               or to Northeastern IA and The Family Table Restaurant- Decorah IA 
               or  Country Junction - Dyersville IA (Monday or Tuesday)
     
    Tuesday August 25th
     
    Breakfast- Machine Shed- Davenport IA
     
    Lunch- Country Junction- Dyersville IA (Monday or Tuesday)
              or TC's Point After- Dewitt IA (Monday or Tuesday)
                   (or both) 
    Dinner- Rossville Store- Waukon IA
     
    Possible Add on's for Tuesday
     
    Whitey's Ice Cream- Quad Cities IA/IL
    Wilton Candy Kitchen- Wilton IA
    Lagomarcino's- Moline IL
    Unfortunately (for me, not you) each of your selections is at least 2 hours from me so it's really unlikely I'd be able to join you for dinner, although if I left directly from work and took US-151 to Iowa I could probably be there by 5:30.  That's not so bad but then I have to get back home again, unless I took half of Tuesday off from work and drove home that morning.  And all this just in time to leave early Wednesday for Ohio.
     

    Dinner- Nilands Cafe- Colo, IA
    Hopefully you'll have a favorable report.  Whenever I take US-30 to Des Moines I exit to IA-330 before I reach Colo so I've never been to Niland's, but if it's worth a visit I can always make future plans.
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    Re: Hitting the Heartland Trail 2015/06/17 12:32:07 (permalink)
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    ScreamingChicken, wonderful report! But, I need addresses! I visit Des Moines once a month. I frequent the taco truck which usually is parked near Lutheran hospital on East University. Fantastic food at every truck I have found!

    Thanks, but are you possibly meaning trzhotel and not me?  He's the one who put together the taco truck page.
     
    wanderingjew
    I'm going to post my proposed itinerary due to yesterday's special request.... The first couple of days (Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th)  the itninerary is very tentative and could go any which way depending if anyone one joins me.
     
    Monday August 24th
     
    Lunch - Most likely Goldie's Ice Cream Shop- Prairie City IA or
                                TC's Point After - Dewitt IA (Monday or Tuesday)
           
    Dinner- It could go any which way-  Either to Western IA and the Redwood Steakhouse Anita IA
               or to Northeastern IA and The Family Table Restaurant- Decorah IA 
               or  Country Junction - Dyersville IA (Monday or Tuesday)
     
    Tuesday August 25th
     
    Breakfast- Machine Shed- Davenport IA
     
    Lunch- Country Junction- Dyersville IA (Monday or Tuesday)
              or TC's Point After- Dewitt IA (Monday or Tuesday)
                   (or both) 
    Dinner- Rossville Store- Waukon IA
     
    Possible Add on's for Tuesday
     
    Whitey's Ice Cream- Quad Cities IA/IL
    Wilton Candy Kitchen- Wilton IA
    Lagomarcino's- Moline IL
    Unfortunately (for me, not you) each of your selections is at least 2 hours from me so it's really unlikely I'd be able to join you for dinner, although if I left directly from work and took US-151 to Iowa I could probably be there by 5:30.  That's not so bad but then I have to get back home again, unless I took half of Tuesday off from work and drove home that morning.  And all this just in time to leave early Wednesday for Ohio.
     

    Dinner- Nilands Cafe- Colo, IA
    Hopefully you'll have a favorable report.  Whenever I take US-30 to Des Moines I exit to IA-330 before I reach Colo so I've never been to Niland's, but if it's worth a visit I can always make future plans.




    SC
     
    I'm hoping you can make it work, if not, I'll understand....Hey, what's half a day  for some good Roadfood?
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