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 at Sand Creek Cafe in Auburn, WI


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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Tastee Inn & Out - Onion Chips
Tastee Inn & Out


Milwaukee Wiener House


Loosemeats sandwich ... northwest Iowa's legendary loosemeats
Miles Inn | Northwest Iowa’s Legendary Loosemeats


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Drive Ins

For two-lane travelers, pulling into a parking lot perfumed by hamburgers and hot onion rings is as satisfying as any four-star dining experience. At a true classic drive-in, you...

Tastee Inn & Out - Onion Chips

America's Byways: Road trip through Iowa

Road trip through Iowa The Loess Hills Scenic Byway through westernmost Iowa is describes as "truly an American treasure." The trip from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sioux City, Iowa offers Roadfood...

Iowa's Big Buns

Cinnamon rolls can be found almost everywhere, but no state has better (and bigger) ones than Iowa.

Bun holds loosemeats and cheese

Loosemeats of Iowa | Burger's Crazy Cousin | Roadfood Bests

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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