Long Iowa Weekend
A little over 5 months ago (the end of April) I took my annual trip to Des Moines, and this year my wife came along. We left on a Wednesday afternoon and our first stop was Steve's Pizza Palace
, a Platteville, WI fixture since 1964.
Steve's has been remodeled a couple of times and currently the interior has a lot of dark paneling and beams, but I didn't get a photo.
Our standard pizza has mushrooms and black olives on the whole thing, and then half pepperoni and half sausage. This one was an excellent representative of the kind of pizza I grew up eating, and I'd definitely stop at Steve's again.
Our destination was Dubuque, where we made a return visit to the Hotel Julien Dubuque
. During our previous stay a few years ago we'd learned about the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
but didn't have a chance to check it out, so spending some time there was at the top of the to-do list for the weekend.
This is a GREAT museum and highly recommended for anyone visiting the Dubuque area, and we're looking forward to taking the grandson there someday. I didn't get any inside shots but the grounds feature some old boat engines as well as boat-building equipment - my kind of toys! The area was actually a major ship-building facility many years ago and because of its location in the center of the country it was much less susceptible to a wartime attack, so it played an important role during World War II.
After a couple of hours at the museum we checked in at the hotel and headed out for some dinner. The Shot Tower Inn
has been around since 1967 and I'd never been there, so we decided to give it a try.
It's a counter-serve operation.
Since we'd had pizza for lunch we took a different route with dinner, and ordered fried chicken and a BPT. Overall it was pretty good but not overwhelming (my preference would've been for a little more seasoning for both), so if there's a next time we'll probably try the pizza. Still, this is a nice neighborhood place and while we were there we saw quite a few pickup orders go out the door.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2019/10/01 14:17:41