Restaurants in Le Mars, IA

There is good eating in Le Mars, high and low. Not that there’s anything really low about Bob’s Drive-In, other than the prices, but it is as casual as can be. What’s important is that its menu is a true taste of Northwest Iowa, offering loosemeats (here listed on the menu by its original name, “tavern”) both in round burger buns and as a topping for a Bob Dog. At a completely different level of dining, Archie’s Waeside is expensive, and you’ll not find the region’s loosemeats on its menu. But you will find some of the finest dry-aged steaks anywhere — echo of the time when nearby Sioux City’s stockyards were big business. How about a chateaubriand for two, carved tableside?

Le Mars’s Most Famous Dishes

Long metal dish holds ice cream, syrup, chopped nuts, and whipped cream.

Ice Cream Sundaes

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA


Plate holds filet mignon, mashed potatoes, onion rings ... best beef

Filet Mignon

Glass mug of Coca-Cola on a table in a bar

Soda Pop

Le Mars’s Best Restaurants

Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor


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


Bob’s Drive-Inn


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Bun holds loosemeats and cheese

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Why Call a Food Loosemeats? Loosemeats has all kinds of aliases, including tavern, Tastee, Big T, and Charlie Boy. Whatever you call it, loosemeats is similar to sloppy Joe, but...


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