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    "Hidden gem" restaurants

    I know there have been threads on here before about great Iowa eats - but here's my question for you guys. I'm looking for some great places to eat in north central IA. I'm from DSM but my girlfriend is from up there, and I don't know the area that well.

    On another note, if you have any other "must go to" places anywhere in Iowa, please throw them out there! I'm on the road a lot around the state and am always looking for that new great place to stop. I found an awesome little diner on the square in Mt. Ayr a couple of years ago and had maybe the best grinder ever there - can't remember the name, though!


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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    Sure. I used to live in Mason City and in-laws are in Clear Lake, so we're up there a lot.

    Best place to eat in Mason City (best steak...ANYWHERE IMO) is Northwestern Steakhouse. I don't even open the menu when I go. Filet, side greek spagetti, and greek salad. A member of the same family owns Cafe Nortwest in Ames, but the Steakhouse is the original and better IMO.


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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    Taco House - Boji

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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    There is a new one in Lake Mills, but is originally from Osage called 'Telluwat' which is AWESOME!


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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    Suburban Cafe in Gilbert

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    Downtown Deli in Ames

    Taco House is way over rated imho.



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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    Always a great meal at Rusty Duck in Dexter.



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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    Get a tenderloin at Goldies in Prairie City



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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    Snack Time in Nevada has an awesome Chicken Fried Steak breakfast meal.



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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    I found a hidden gem inside a whopper once. Actually it was just a shiny pen cap. Does that count?


    Country House on HWY 30 by Colo has a good tenderloin.


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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    Quote Originally Posted by CyCrazy View Post
    Suburban Cafe in Gilbert

    Pammel Grocery in Ames

    Downtown Deli in Ames

    Taco House is way over rated imho.
    I've never been to Pammel Grocery. What makes it good?



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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    Quote Originally Posted by baller21 View Post
    I found a hidden gem inside a whopper once. Actually it was just a shiny pen cap. Does that count?


    Country House on HWY 30 by Colo has a good tenderloin.

    I had a pellet sized pearl in an oyster I ate in California once. True story.



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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    Pasquale's Pizza in Humboldt. Best thin crust pizza I've ever had


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    Re: "Hidden gem" restaurants

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneNorth View Post
    I've never been to Pammel Grocery. What makes it good?
    The Gyros.



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    Mrs. Lady's > Taco House. That's a little rivalry from the lakes area...and for us.

    La Juanita's in Storm Lake and Sioux City has some great Mexican food. Sioux City also has a surprising number of good Vietnamese places.



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    Red Oak's Mcdonalds is the best I've ever had.



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