Bauder's ice cream is famous in Iowa, especially so among people who attend the annual state fair. Year around, the drug store is a place to come for one heck of a fine cherry Coke, a Green River, or a lime phosphate. You can indulge in a turtle sundae, as well as shakes, malts, sodas, and floats of every stripe. All the ice cream treats are made from Bauder's own ice cream, the flavor rotation of which includes fresh strawberry and peach in the summer months.
With incredible tenderloins, blue-ribbon rhubarb pie, and sweet draft root beer, Darrell’s Place is a sparkling jewel in the BPT crown of Audubon County.
Just north of the Quad Cities, in the small town of DeWitt, you will find TC's Point After, a sports bar that serves one of the best Breaded Pork Tenderloins in the BPT crazy state of Iowa. Order a platter and it comes with fresh cut fries and creamy cole slaw.
The birria at Tacos La Barca is stewed in peppers and spices and made into an orange stew of dark meat. The tortillas are soaked in the orange stew while being grilled to a crispy texture, and a lime wedge is thrown in when the tacos are plated. This is the good stuff.
Tortillas are made with a tiny press, gorditas and sopes are cooked from masa dough after being formed by hand. Molletes are open faced pieces of soft Mexican torta bread, here topped with refried beans and melted cheese for an appetizer. La Peña takes its time with food from scratch and long recipes that can't be found elsewhere in Central Iowa.
There is only one good reason to visit The Irish Shanti - the Gunderburger. There are multiple Gunderburgers to choose from and half pound regular hamburgers. The basic Gunderburgers are a pound, and are available loaded up with bacon, cheese, or vegetable toppings.
Little Bo’s pork tenderloin is near perfection, a generous slab of 'loin that is pounded flat, breaded, and fried to order. It is just the right thickness, the subtly herbed breading helping retain the ‘loin’s succulence.