Ive spent the past year on a taco truck photo project in Des Moines, you can see the album here:
I was hoping the new ownership would get Roadfood out of its baby boomer mentality, but I am having my doubts.
Well, I look forward to your research.[8D]
I will be curious to hear how you like The Drover.
I went there for the first time earlier this year. I got the whiskey rib-eye and the salad bar. Rib-eye is my favorite cut, but I was a bit disappointed. It was ok, but flavor and tenderness were not the best. Also, I thought the salad bar was not that great.
Hope you have a better experience….
P.S. — I did get a Runza (90th and Fort) while I was in town, even though the last time I thought it was way too salty (it was from a different location). Much better this time!
A sardine sandwich from Primanti’s is hardly a nibble!
I thought BB wouldn’t let you get that sardine version. Of course he holds no sway over me. [}:)]
Windsor chop. Center-cut, bone-in, chine bone on, thinner than an Iowa chop.
Did I not go to the Redwood?
That is indeed a good-looking pork chop! Did it come off a flattop or out of a skillet? Anita is about an hour west of Des Moines so perhaps someday I’ll be able to visit.
There doesn’t seem to be much online information about the Windsor chop, at least as far as I can tell. I’m trying to figure out where it’s cut from and if it’s possibly known by any other names.
It looks like Augusta is out too- they’re closed Monday and Tuesday so that won’t work so it looks like Goldie’s is the alternate for B & B
So far it looks like I’ll fly into Des Moines on Monday August 24 and head to Eastern and Northeastern Iowa through Wednesday morning. I’ll spend the next couple of days with Des Moines as my base and then friday morning spend the next few days in Western Iowa, the Omaha area and Southeastern South Dakota. I’ll head back toward Des Moines on Monday ,after lunch time and spend the rest of the trip there, until I leave Wednesday morning.
Because of one day specials, and the hours of various restaurants this itinerary is set in stone.
Here are my Iowa Chop Stops:
Sac County Cattle Co.
Old Rossville Store– Waukon IA
Gold Slipper– Dunlap IA
Bogie’s Steakhouse – Albia IA
Niland’s Cafe– Colo IA
Jessie’s Embers– Des Moines IA
I will also go to the Machine Shed– most likely the Davenport one for breakfast as they have a pork chop (not an Iowa Chop) on the breakfast menu.
I suspect a few of you (I won’t name names) will have a pre conceived notion that either the Machine Shed or Jessie’s Embers will have the best chop because they are both Roadfood reviewed, that is very likely.I really look forward to visiting Jessie’s Embers and I know how good the chop is at the Machine Shed however keep in mind how many times the Sterns have mentioned that recommendations that came in to them had completely missed their Roadfood radar and they never would have known about them unless someone had suggested it to them.
As much has I would love to try the Chops at Archie’s Waeside, unless I have a dining companion and the opportunity to share, that likely won’t happen.
WJ – Be prepared to have a second table brought over to your table to fit all the extra food
I will not embarrass him as others have done to me…in Nashville!
Places that I scrapped due to buffetbuster’s prior trip report
FYI – The new owners tanked Jonsey’s (the Solon location) and it went out of business 2013 I believe. (I was in town visiting family in spring 2014 and it was gone). The Centerpoint location has suffered as well and family tells me both service and food has gotten pretty spotty.
A Iowa City long time Diner, the Hamburg Inn #2 may be worth a meal. If you’re lucky you can sit at the President Reagan booth. (He ate there in 1992) President Clinton also ate there in 2003 but he apparently didn’t rate a booth.
It’s a great breakfast diner. If I say I’ve eaten there 500 times, I might be underestimating. It was our college go-to hangover cure, and then I bough a house within walking distance for a decade. I should have my own booth.
Thanks for the article SC
�Minor changes are fine, but I hope they keep some of the vibe and a similar menu and don't go the pork belly/ grown up grilled cheese/mac n cheese route.�
I liked all those things the first time I had them, but haven't had the desire to order them again.
ScreamingChicken, wonderful report! But, I need addresses! I visit Des Moines once a month. I frequent the taco truck which usually is parked near Lutheran hospital on East University. Fantastic food at every truck I have found!
Thanks, but are you possibly meaning trzhotel and not me? He’s the one who put together the taco truck page.
I’m going to post my proposed itinerary due to yesterday’s special request…. The first couple of days (Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th) the itninerary is very tentative and could go any which way depending if anyone one joins me.
Monday August 24th
Lunch – Most likely Goldie’s Ice Cream Shop– Prairie City IA or
TC’s Point After – Dewitt IA (Monday or Tuesday)
Dinner- It could go any which way- Either to Western IA and the Redwood Steakhouse Anita IA
or to Northeastern IA and The Family Table Restaurant– Decorah IA
or Country Junction – Dyersville IA (Monday or Tuesday)
Tuesday August 25th
Breakfast- Machine Shed– Davenport IA
Lunch- Country Junction– Dyersville IA (Monday or Tuesday)
or TC’s Point After– Dewitt IA (Monday or Tuesday)
Dinner- Rossville Store– Waukon IA
Possible Add on’s for Tuesday
Whitey’s Ice Cream– Quad Cities IA/IL
Wilton Candy Kitchen– Wilton IA
Lagomarcino’s– Moline ILUnfortunately (for me, not you) each of your selections is at least 2 hours from me so it’s really unlikely I’d be able to join you for dinner, although if I left directly from work and took US-151 to Iowa I could probably be there by 5:30. That’s not so bad but then I have to get back home again, unless I took half of Tuesday off from work and drove home that morning. And all this just in time to leave early Wednesday for Ohio.
Dinner- Nilands Cafe– Colo, IAHopefully you’ll have a favorable report. Whenever I take US-30 to Des Moines I exit to IA-330 before I reach Colo so I’ve never been to Niland’s, but if it’s worth a visit I can always make future plans.
Thanks for the article SC
Minor changes are fine, but I hope they keep some of the vibe and a similar menu and don’t go the pork belly/ grown up grilled cheese/mac n cheese route.
C’mon, man. If you’ve paid any attention at all you should know by now that WJ eats pizza only in Seattle.[}:)]
Don’t be surprised, after further developments this past weekend- anything can happen. I just revised the itinerary
Just updated the itinerary. Monday, Tuesday (of week 1) Thursday and Saturday still haven’t been set in stone
Can’t believe this is only 6 1/2 weeks away.
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