Be sure to give Four Brothers a chance next time you are in LeMars. The place feels a bit too much like a nice Applebees but the food is really fantastic and, I think, will continue to get better all the time. I’d love to hear what you think of it.
I think I am hearing the the opening song from the Music Man in my head reading this….
My SO is from the Sioux City area (Westfield) and I have visited there many times. I LOVE LeMars! A lot of his family live there. Archie’s is fantastic, so is Bob’s Drive-In and of course the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor. Besides the great food, the folks in this area are some of the friendliest I’ve ever met.
I actually have it saved on Flikr as American Gothic II.
Being that this is Iowa I can’t help but see a little Grant Wood in this photo…
Great stuff!! I covered the area two summers ago but too quickly to make sure I stopped and found good food (I had a camper & cooked a lot for myself…). But I sure wish now I’d gone to Green Gables! Sigh… next time. [:)]
I don’t know if there were or not. I am meeting with the IPPA next week and will ask them at that time.
I have made the mistake of looking for tenderloins on a sunday in rural Iowa. I was in Elk Horn when church was dismissed one day, it was like the whole town walked out of church and into the Danish Inn. Nothing else was open but the gift shop filled with Danish junk.
The north-west part of the Iowa is the only part I’ve never visited. I’ve only gone as far as Algon, Storm Lake, and Sioux City. Hopefully I can make it to Le Mars someday.
Jay, Good find on Kimbalton’s Country View Drive-in. It lends credence to Jeff Munch’s comment to me that you could stop in any Iowa town and find a worthy BPT. Jeff owns Darrell’s Place in Hamlin. BTW, Darrell’s Place was the 2003 winner not 2006. Do you know if there were any contests before 2003?
I drove through Kimbalton going from Elk Horn to Hamlin. Here is more on that area of Elk Horn and Hamlin.
Am I up for the Hilltopper? I may have to re-visit. We are going to Niobrara SP in Nebraska next month. I’ll have to think about swinging down that way again.
Nice report and pictures. Thanks for sharing.
Just an outstanding trip report. Keep them coming please!
The manager of Green Gables told me that they read the obits every day to see if they’ve lost any of their longtime loyal customers
I was born in Sioux City and have eaten at Green Gables often. I moved when I was 8 but we went back many times to visit grandparents and eat at Green Gables.
When one of my grandfathers retired from teaching high school I guess my grandmother decided she had done enough cooking so they ate dinner at Green Gables 6 nights a week.
After she passed away my grandfather continued this on his own for 7 more years. When he died at the young age of 95 I got a chuckle when I went to his funeral and saw that Green Gables had sent flowers. [:D]
I enjoyed your report.
What an excellent trip report! I sure do like cheeseburgers and pork tenderloins, but I’m not so sure that I want them between the same bun. If you do end up trying the Hilltopper, let us know how it was. Same with the Charlie Boy’s Nacho Plate.
I have been to Miles Inn and Milwaukee Wiener House both within the last year and thoroughly enjoyed them. And it has been way too long since I have been to Green Gables. Sure could go for one of those hot fudge sundaes right now!
Very much looking forward to the next installment!
Great report! I haven’t been to Iowa in 30 years and don’t expect to be there any time soon, but what a great way to take a vicarious trip there on a rainy Saturday morning in NJ!
Interesting about the Danish community in Iowa. The neighborhood in Brooklyn where I grew up in the 50s/60s(Bay Ridge)had a very large Scandinavian community, almost all of which has disappeared to the Suburbs. One of the last vestiges, the Danish Club & Restuarant, is closing some time this year and we’ve been talking about making a farewell visit. Your report has reminded me that I need to do this.
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