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

Plate holds breakfast pork chops with eggs and a bowl of grits.

Pork Chops

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