A local specialty, loose meat.

Iowa Tips     

“Is this Heaven?  No, Its Iowa,”  Actually its the place where people in Omaha go to buy beer after 1 am, but here are a few other tips.

Regional specialty-Des Moines is the epicenter for the Loose meat sandwich.  Its kind of like a sloppy joe, without the tomato sauce.  You can find them at theMaid Rite restaurant, with tons of locations around the area.

There is also a local mini chain with 5 statewide locations called the Machine Shed, famous for giant cinnamon rolls.

Bettendorf, IA (Davenport Area)



Ross’ Restaurant-24-hour diner serving loosemeat sandwiches called Rossburgers and diner food since 1938.-2297 Falcon Ave, Bettendorf, IA 52722 (563) 355-7573-they also all kinds of crazy disco fries like the VOLCANO.

Cedar Falls, IA


Blue Room-201 Main St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 (319) 277-9950

Octopus – 2205 College St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613  (319) 242-7789

The Library-2222 College St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613  (319) 277-3962


Davenport, Iowa (Part of the Quad Cities)


The Quad Cities invented a style of pizza known as Quad City Style.  It has malt syrup in the crust that gives it a nutty flavor.  Its also cut into strips. Find it at Harris Pizza, Since 1960.  To be Confusing though, the original is across the river at 3903 14thAve., Rock Island, IL


Fat Boy’s Pizza-1627 Washington St, Davenport, IA 52804 (563) 322-5446-Another Quad cities style pizza joint.  They also have the regional taco style pizza.

Gunchies -2905 Telegraph Rd, Davenport, IA 52804  (563) 323-9867-Sports bar with the regional pizza and hit or miss reviewed bbq and wings.

Live Music-

Triple Crown Whisky Bar & Raccoon Motel – 304 E 3rd St, Davenport, IA 52801-Touring bands

Des Moines, Iowa

Jethros BBQ-515-279-3300, 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA and other locations.  THEY HAVE BACON WRAPPED RIBS and all day breakfasts featuring an Elvis platter with bacon, bananas and peanut butter syrup.
George The Chili King Drive-In – burgers, chili & shakes in an retro diner atmosphere with carhops.: 5722 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310

Smitty’s Tenderloin Shop -Address: 1401 Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315 (515) 287-4742-The place to get tenderloin in the state.  They have one called the Taco tenderloin with chili. Also Burgers including the “jack burger” with spicy “jack” sauce.

Dive Bars-

The High Life Lounge-200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50309 ? Closes 2AM (515) 280-1965-Homage to classic beer bars with High life, hamms and some good inexpensive comfort food and great burgers.

Amusement Park-
Adventureland: P.O. Box 3355, Des Moines, Iowa 50316- (800) 532-1286

Record Stores-
Zzz, 424 E. Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309-Also hosts a record collectors show 4 times a year.

Live Music-

Lefty’s Live Music-Low-key music venue with local beer
2307 University Ave
Gas Lamp
Artsy, boisterous watering hole with a diverse music lineup, comedy & trivia nights & a snack menu.
1501 Grand Ave

Des Moines Social Club – 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone:(515) 369-3672 Coffee shop, art gallery, concert venue, culinary classroom

Woolys– 504 E. Locust St., Des Moines, IA
Vaudeville Mews-All types of performances happen here.
212 4th Street ,Des Moines, Iowa 50309.

Iowa City, IA

Iowa city music listings.

SUB SHOP-Pepperwood Place-1913 Broadway, Iowa City, Ia.
PHONE: 354-8574
Diamond Daves Tacos-Various locations

Record Stores-

Record Collector-116 S Linn St,Iowa City, IA 52240 (319) 337-5029


Live Music-2 am is when most bars close

The Blue Moose Tap House -211 Iowa Ave. Iowa City, IA 52240.
open daily from 4pm to 2 am.
Gabe’s Oasis -330 E. Washington St.-Iowa City, IA  (319) 354-4788-The Donnas have played here recently.  Ticketmaster carries tix.
Union Bar-121 E College St Iowa City, IA-319-339-7713
The Q Bar -211 Iowa Ave.-Iowa City, IA  (319) 337-9107
The Green Room-509 S. Gilbert St.-Iowa City, IA 52240

The Mill Restaurant – bar, patio seating & frequent music. 120 E Burlington St, Iowa City, IA 52240 (319) 351-9529

Iowa Great Lakes, IA

Amusement Park

Arnold’s Park– Highway 71, Iowa Great Lakes, IA 51331
Phone Number: (800) 599-6995 Sioux City, IA On Lake Okoboji

Le Mars, IA

Eats-Bob’s Drive-Inn -Hwy 75 S,Le Mars, IA 51031(712) 546-5445 Amazing Hot dogs topped with loosemeat style ‘chili’

Mason City, IA

Northwestern Steakhouse-304 16th St NW, Mason City, IA 50401  (641) 423-5075 Since 1920

Sherrill, IA


Eats-Breitbach’s Country Dining : 563 Balltown Rd, Sherrill, IA 52073 (563) 552-2220-The oldest restaurant in Iowa since 1850s


Sioux City, IA


Sioux City borders Nebraska and South Dakota, who each have their own Sioux Cities.

Local Specialty-Twin Bing Candy Bars.

A & W-all over.  Old fashioned drive inns with to your car service.  And of course, root beer.
Town House Pizza-2701 Floyd Blvd. 712-252-5146
Bluestem-1012 4th St.-Sioux City, IA712-279-8060-Believe it or not, this is a Soho style new american bistro.

Milwaukee Wiener House No. 1-Classic Coneys with  meat sauce, onions and mustard, around 80 years.  309 Pearl Street, Sioux City IA 51101

Archie’s Diner-723 W 7th St  Sioux City, IA 51103 (712) 252-3060 Classic diner

Record Stores-
Backstage With Ray, 420 5th St., Sioux City, IA 51101

Winterset, Iowa (not far from Des Moines)
Located in Madison County, famed for covered briges written about in books

Birthplace of John Wayne
216 S. 2nd St.
Winterset, Iowa 50273 USA
(515) 462-1044 – toll-free (877) 462-1044

Rudys Restaurant
Hot Beef Sandwiches and more.  Even a Taco beef sandwich!
419 S. John Wayne Dr., Winterset, IA 50273, (515) 462-3160

Who knew Winsterset was the place?

Montross Coffee Shop
120 N 1ST Ave
Winterset, IA 50273
Traditional Drugstore Coffee and Ice Cream Shop.  Must Visit.
Woodward, IA
Eats-Kathys Kitchen-A famous “hot beef sandwich” topped with gravy and served with mashed potatoes. 220 S Main St Woodward, Iowa..  Not much for decor.
(515) 438-2703

Vintage postcard of Stones Restaurant, Marshalltown, Iowa “since 1887” “Under the Viaduct, down by the Vinegar Works”