Restaurants in Iowa

Pork is king in Iowa, where an “Iowa Pork Chop” isn’t just a chop from local hogs. It is two or three times thicker than a pork chop from anywhere else, and its creamy goodness is beyond compare. Likewise, cinnamon rolls, available in virtually every restaurant, are immense. Iowa also is a nexus of the lower Midwest’s beloved tenderloin sandwich, and it is the custom in here to flatten a slab of tenderloin so it fries up three or four or five times wider than the bun that sandwiches it. Pies are blue-ribbon quality, too — fruit pies as well as that dairy country favorite, sour cream raisin pie – a delirious balancing act of sweet and tangy.

Iowa’s Most Famous Dishes

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato

Sandwiches

Huge slab of prime rib extends far beyond its plate

Beef

Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.

Salads

Spiral round pastry on a plate is covered with cinnamon and sugar outside and in

Cinnamon Roll

Iowa’s Best Restaurants

Machine Shed - Pork Chop
Machine Shed

URBANDALE, IA

In’t Veld Meat Market - Pella Bologna
In’t Veld Meat Market

PELLA, IA

Maid-Rite - Ground-Beef Sandwich
Maid-Rite

NEWTON, IA

Cecil’s Café - Cinnamon Roll
Cecil’s Café

MARSHALLTOWN, IA

Daily Grind

SIOUX CITY, IA

Maytag Dairy Farms - Big Wheel
Maytag Dairy Farms

NEWTON, IA

Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor

LE MARS, IA

Tall, sliced-open rare filet mignon steak
Archie’s Waeside

LE MARS, IA

Java Joe’s Coffeehouse - Dutch Letters
Java Joe’s Coffeehouse

DES MOINES, IA

Redwood Steakhouse

ANITA, IA

Dairy Sweet

DUNLAP, IA

Red Barn

EXIRA, IA

Old Rossville Store

WAUKON, IA

Mr. Bibbs

DES MOINES, IA

Larsen’s Pub

ELK HORN, IA

Bob’s Drive-Inn

LE MARS, IA

Huge tenderloin stretches far beyond its bun.
B & B Grocery

DES MOINES, IA

Wilton Candy Kitchen

WILTON, IA

Birdsall’s Ice Cream

MASON CITY, IA

Bauder Pharmacy

DES MOINES, IA

Coffee Cup Café

SULLY, IA

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