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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

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

Milkshakes

hot dog with hot mustard and relish

Classic Hot Dogs

Two bunned hot dogs covered with chili and shredded cheddar cheese

Coney Island

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

Cinnamon Roll

Sioux City’s Best Restaurants

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