Meme: 100 Things to Eat in Iowa before you Die

Or in other words the meme all about how bad of an Iowan I am! But keep in mind I barely live in Iowa…its actually a suburb of Omaha that happens to reside in Iowa, I even work in Omaha. And my town isn’t even on the list, nor are very many places nearby. Most of them are on the other side of the state, a place I visited briefly, once. And I’ve never been to the Iowa State fair…yes, yes, bad Iowan. I know!

Dude I suck…2! TWO!?! Where’s Nebraska’s list?? That would make me feel better, I was all over that state during the high school years!!

Anyway I snagged this from the Des Moines Register.

Alphabetical order by location…bolded items are ones I have eaten

1. Taco Pizza, Happy Joe’s, locations across Iowa
2. Sweet corn, Sweet Corn Festival, Adel
3. BBQ Ribs, Claxon’s Smokehouse & Grill, Altoona
4. Sauerkraut Salad, Colony Inn Restaurant, Amana
5. Rhubarb wine, Ackerman Winery, Amana
6. Schild Brau Amber, Millstream Brewery, Amana Colonies
7. Sauerbraten (beef marinated in a sweet and sour sauce, made with spices and Amana wines) with potato dumplings, Ronneburg Restaurant, Amana
8. Saucy Southerner Sandwich, Hickory Park, Ames
9. Chicken Tequila Fettuccine (Chicken, onions, peppers and tequila-soy cream sauce on spinach fettuccine), Aunt Maude’s, Ames
10. Denver-Style Crust Pizza, The Great Plains Sauce and Dough Co., Ames
11. Gyro, The Gyro Guy outdoor cart, Campustown, Ames
12. Margarita, O’Malley & McGees, Ames
13. Fresh Beer-Battered Onion Rings, The Redwood Steakhouse, Anita
14. Angel Cream Coconut Cake, Peppercorn Pantry Tea Room, Aplington
15. Nutty Bar, Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Arnolds Park
16. Prime Rib, The Feedlot Steakhouse, Atlantic
17. Homemade fudge, The Mean Street Grill, Atlantic
18. Spaghetti Soup and Red Raspberry Pie, Breitbach’s Country Dining, Balltown
19. Sink Cookies, Granny Annie’s Bakery & Cafe, Cedar Falls
20. Raspberry Coffee Cake, Barn Happy, Cedar Falls
21. Kolaches, Sykora Bakery, Cedar Rapids
22. Cabbage Rolls (ground beef with rice wrapped in a cabbage leaf with a tangy tomato sauce) with potato or bread dumplings, Zindricks Czech Restaurant, Cedar Rapids
23. Pork Ribs, Al & Irene’s, Cedar Rapids
24. Onion Rings, J Bruners steak restaurant, Clarinda
25. Black Dirt Cake (cream-cheese frosting layered between ground Oreo cookies), That Place Restaurant, Conrad
26. Garst Farm sides: Corn Casserole, Four-Way Bean Dish and Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage, Garst Farm Resorts, Coon Rapids
27. Hot Fudge Sundae, served with a pitcher of fudge on the side, Lagomarcino’s, Davenport
28. Pond-Raised Catfish with Western Baked Potato, The Enchanted Inn, Davenport
29. Regular (pepperoni and sausage) or Around-The-Garden Pizza, Mabe’s Pizza & Restaurant, Decorah
30. Breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelets, homemade waffles, biscuits and gravy, and pastries, Cronk’s Restaurant & Lounge, Denison
31. Burritos Jimador (cheese-sauce topped burritos stuffed with steak, cheese and lettuce), El Jimador, Denison
32. Bone-in Delmonico, 801 Steak & Chop House, Des Moines
33. Margherita or Sausage Pizza, Chuck’s Italian-American Restaurant, Des Moines
34. Peach Ice Cream, Bauder’s, Des Moines
35. Chicken Spiedini, Tursi’s Latin King Restaurant, Des Moines
36. Corn dog, Campbell’s Concessions, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines
37. Chocolate Bonbon, Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines/Windsor Heights/West Des Moines
38. Tom Ka Kai, Thai Flavors, Des Moines
39. Steak taco, Tasty Tacos, Des Moines
40. Hot Sausage Sandwich (made with Graziano’s sausage), Norwood Inn, Des Moines
41. Trappistine Creamy Caramels, Trappistine Nuns of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey Monastery, Dubuque
42. Bison Tenderloin, Pepper Sprout Midwest Cuisine, Dubuque
43. Caramel Apple, Betty Jane Candies, Dubuque
44. Gunderburger, The Irish Shanti, Elgin
45. Stuffed Pork Loin, The Danish Inn, Elk Horn
46. Crepes, La Petit Paris, Fairfield
47. Vegetarian Salad Bar, Maharishi University of Management cafeteria, Fairfield
48. Sunday Vegetarian Breakfast Buffet, Everybody’s, Fairfield
49. Wood-Fired Pizza, Revelations Cafe & Bookstore, Fairfield
50. Semmel (a dense German roll, baked fresh daily), The Bistro at the Gortz Haus, Grimes
51. Chicken Walnut Salad, served on Wednesdays at Kelcy’s, Grinnell
52. Cream-Filled Coney, (doughnut with cream filling, shaped like a hot dog), Danish Maid Bakery, Grinnell
53. Homemade Triple Berry Pie, Picket Fence Café, Guttenberg
54. Cherry Pie, Crouse Cafe, Indianola
55. Spicy Yam Pate, Red Avocado, Iowa City
56. Green Papaya Salad, Thai Spice Restaurant, Iowa City
57. Brie Beast Sandwich (Niman Ranch roast beef, brie cheese, roasted sweet peppers, lettuce and tomato on farm bread), New Pioneer Co-Op, Iowa City and Coralville
58. Tuscan Tomato Soup, Bread Garden Bakery & Cafe, Iowa City
59. Vegetarian Falafel Sandwich, Oasis Falafel, Iowa City
60. Smoke Trout Pate (served with stone-ground wheat crackers), Linn Street Cafe, Iowa City
61. BBQ Chicken, Camp David, Iowa Falls
62. Fried Chicken with homemade bread, mashed potatoes and gravy, The Red Barn Bistro, Keosauqua
63. Bob Dog (natural-casing wiener topped with loose meat), Bob’s Drive-In, Le Mars
64. Tenderloin Tips (cubes of tenderloin beef sauteed with mushroom, white wine and oregano in a white wine and garlic-butter sauce) Somebody’s Grille & Bar, Manilla
65. Tortellini Carbonara (tortellini with homemade Alfredo sauce, bacon and green onions), Phat Daddy’s, Marengo
66. Half-pound burger, Marquette Bar & Cafe, Marquette
67. Maid-Rite, Taylor’s Maid-Rite, Marshalltown
68. Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie, Stone’s Restaurant, Marshalltown
69. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie, Twisted Chicken, McGregor
70. 16-ounce Ribeye (heart-cut, bacon-wrapped), Rube’s Steaks, Montour and Waukee
71. Homegrown Muscatine Melons, late July until first frost, The Good Earth Restaurant, Muscatine
72. Seven Seas Seafood Soup, Guadalajara, Muscatine
73. Grilled Sirloin Meatloaf (Wood-fire grilled meatloaf served on Texas toast with BBQ sauce, topped with mashed potatoes and onion straws), The Button Factory Woodfire Grille, Muscatine
74. Blue Cheese, Maytag Dairy Farm, Newton
75. Bratwurst, Woudstra Meat Market, Orange City
76. Loaded Hash Browns, Otho Pub, Otho
77. Loose meat sandwich, Canteen Lunch in the Alley, Ottumwa
78. Dutch letters, Jaarsma Bakery, Pella
79. Cast-Iron Seared Filet with a Blue Cheese Crostini, Carmelized Mushrooms and a Maple-Bourbon Demi-glaze, David’s Milwaukee Diner, Perry
80. Fajitas, Sabor Latino, Postville
81. Hamburger Buns, Postville Bakery, Postville
82. Broasted Chicken, Red Rooster, Postville
83. Pita and Falafel, Kosher Community Restaurant, Postville
84. Country Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Vegetables, first Sunday of the month, Elks Club, Shenandoah
85. Tuna Sushi, Fuji Bay Japanese Restaurant, Sioux City
86. Onion Peels, Tastee In and Out, Sioux City
87. Pork Tenderloin, St. Olaf Tavern, St. Olaf
88. Fruit-of-the-Forest Pie (fruits in season), Susie’s Kitchen, Stanton
89. Swedish Meatball Soup, Boz Wellz Pub & Eaterie, Storm Lake
90. Caramel Truffles, Kristi’s Kandies & Heirlooms, Storm Lake
91. New York Strip Steak, The Embers, Storm Lake
92. Raspberry Pork Tenderloin (Grilled pork tenderloin with a raspberry sauce), The Cottage on Broad, Story City
93. Dutch Salad, Coffee Cup Cafe, Sully
94. Steak DeBurgo, Sam & Gabe’s Italian Bistro, Urbandale
95. Cinnamon Roll, Iowa Machine Shed, Urbandale
96. Prime Rib Twister (Grilled prime rib with Cajun seasoning topped with grilled mushrooms, onions and grilled shrimp), AK Corral Steakhouse & Lounge, Ute
97. Muskie Burger, Muskie Lounge, Ventura
98. Black Forest Cake, Martin’s Brandenburg, Waverly
99. Chocolate malt, Wilton Candy Kitchen, Wilton
100. Apple Dumpling, Iowa 80 truck stop, Walcott


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