The whistle Stop Cafe 515-432-9422
1102 Story Street Boone Iowa
Does breakfast and lunch in a little old fashioned lunch counter style establishment at 11th and Story Street. Very familiar items on the breakfast and lunch menu, nothing fancy, just very good food at reasonable prices. Finding a place at the peak hours can be difficult.
Saints Ave. Cafe 515-432-7399
1312 Story Street Boone, Iowa
A lunch and dinner buffet on South Story Street, in Boone, Iowa. Has been active for thirty or so years in the same place with the same owners, and was the Golden Corral buffet before that. Has a fixed menu as well. Outstanding baked goods as well as all the sorts of things that you would expect to find at a buffet. The Bourbon Street Chicken over rice is a very tasty dish.
The Machine Shed 563-391-2427
7550 N.W. Blvd. Davenport, Iowa
In 1978, we opened our first Machine Shed Restaurant on the outskirts of Davenport, Iowa. We had just 100 seats, but we started with a powerful commitment. That was a five-word constitution: “Dedicated to the American Farmer.” That dedication meant we worked hard to have a restaurant that wasn’t just ‘farm themed’ but something that farmers could be proud of. We serve chef driven, farm fresh fare, inspired by the seasons. Our food is made from scratch, daily.
Junkyard Cafe 515-386-4979
108 West State St. Jefferson, Iowa
Open from early morning until 2 PM, serves breakfast all that time, but doesn't stay open for the dinnertime trade.
Hashbrowns, two eggs, toast and bacon or sausage for $ 6 something, all cooked quite nicely and perfectly.
Hickory Park Cafe 515-232-8940
1404 Duff Ave. Ames Iowa
Hickory Park Restaurant, Ames, Iowa, now 53 years old. Has moved to progressively bigger locations in that time but still very good lunch and dinner smoked meat and barbeque place. Enormous portions of very good food, served quickly and well by nice folks, mostly college kids from Iowa State University, as well as the regular staff. Has the last known chili-cheeseburger in captivity in Central Iowa, though I think you now have to ask for it specially.
Travellers through Iowa on I-35 cannot possibly go wrong with a stop here. It is convenient to the interstate.
Hutche's Cafe 712-662-4996
612 East Main Street Sac City, Iowa
Typical small town cafe menu
Open for breakfast and lunch.
Mac J (egg, cheese, meat) Denver sandwich (egg, onion, pepper, cheese) Dinner menu French dip, blt, tenderloin, reuben and something called the “Bull Winkle” also salads, fried chicken. Hours are 6am - 2pm
Riverbend Pizza & Steakhouse 319-293-9900
603 1st Street Keosauqua, Iowa
Pizza, steak, tacos, salads, panini, BLT, chicken. corn dogs
More of a small cafe feel than a steakhouse.
Victoria Station 712-755-5682
407 Victoria Station Harlan, Iowa
Pork tenderloin, chicken, fish ,prime rib sandwiches to mention a few. Also, steaks, pasta, soups, salads.
Parkside Brewing 319-209-Brew
2601 Madison Ave. Burlington, Iowa
They make their Pizza Crust using the Spent Grains from the brewing process.
Amazing place. Amazing staff. Amazing craft beers. Amazing food. Amazing atmosphere
Wake N Bake 319-754-0494
713 Jefferson St. Burlington, Iowa
I have eaten Grits from the Mason Dixon to South Florida west to Dallas and many points in between, and I'll tell Ya', these ladies make some of the best, Who Knew?
Green Bay Bar & Grill 319-372-8109
3546 175th Street Wever Iowa
Great Folks Good Food
Good Fried Catfish, Good in house Pizza, but the Killer plate is the Lobster Mac & Cheese, Friday & Saturday only.
The Lucky Pig 515-275-9946
113 W Walnut street Ogden, Iowa
The main watering hole in western Boone, and eastern Greene County, Iowa. Best known for their pork tenderloin, but other things, like their steaks and their Philly cheese steak are tasty too. French fries are especially tasty.