Restaurants in Sioux City, IA

Sioux City’s signature dish is loosemeats, also known as a tavern, a Charlie boy, a tastee and a Big T. It is a sandwich of spiced, steamed ground beef that was invented in the 1920s when nutritional dogma declared that frying food was bad and steam-cooking was good. The sandwich first was known as a tavern because it was the specialty of Sioux City’s Ye Old Tavern. Other than as the specialty of Iowa’s Maid-Rite chain east of Des Moines, taverns never gained popularity outside Siouxland. They customarily are dressed with pickle, mustard, and a slice of cheese.

Sioux City’s Most Famous Dishes

hot dog with hot mustard and relish

Classic Hot Dogs

Strawberry shake in a tall soda fountain glass is accompanied by a silver beaker of extra milk shake for refills


Two bunned hot dogs covered with chili and shredded cheddar cheese

Coney Island

Crisp circular potato chips on a red-checked tablecloth


Sioux City’s Best Restaurants

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