Dining-Marshalltown

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  1. MeanDean

    MeanDean Well-Known Member

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    Coming back from Ames Sat evening and would like to stop around Marshalltown or possibly Tama/Toledo for dinner on the way home. Something not too bar-ish. Ethnic restaurants are fine but probably not Mexican. Not looking for a "fine" dining experience, just a decent meal in a decent place. There'll be 3 of us so it doesn't have to be big or anything.

    I know I can count on Cyclone Nation to give me a couple good choices.

    TIA
     
  2. Haverhill

    Haverhill Well-Known Member

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    Meskwaki Buffet is good. Then there is always Taylor's Maid Rite, Tremont Grille (italian), Ocean City Chinese Restaurant and Zenos Pizza. Of those, the Marshalltown 'originals' are Zenos Pizza and Taylor's Maid Rite.
     
  3. cybsball20

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    Zeno's... End of thread
     
  4. NATEizKING

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    Joe's Italian on Lincoln Way or Mama Digrado's in the mall would be my suggestions if you don't want mexican.
     
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    NATEizKING Well-Known Member

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    Oops, forgot Zeno's!
     
  6. Al_4_State

    Al_4_State Well-Known Member

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    I've never met someone from Marshalltown that wouldn't shut up about the Taco John's there. Not joking.
     
  7. NATEizKING

    NATEizKING Well-Known Member

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    Best in the chain!
     
  8. jtdoyle1

    jtdoyle1 Well-Known Member

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    Except Zeno's is called Mike's now...

    Same owner, pizza, and location (near the Intersection of Hwys 30 and 63) but just changed the name. The original Zeno's is in Marshalltown and they franchised the name to the one in Toledo and just recently decided they didn't want to franchise the name anymore.

    El Campasino Mexican Restaurant is also good, authentic mexican food in Toledo.
     
  9. clone319

    clone319 Active Member

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    Rube's steakhouse in montour is good, it's about halfway between marshalltown and tama/toledo
     
  10. Al_4_State

    Al_4_State Well-Known Member

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    Where does this come from?!?!?! Seriously. A good buddy of mine lived in Marshalltown for about a year, loves Taco John's, and has said that while it's good, it's no better than any other one.

    Every Marshalltown native claims it is the best in the chain. Did they win some award or something?
     
  11. agrabes

    agrabes Well-Known Member

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    I disagree, it was mediocre at best when I stopped in there last month. Better than both CR locations, but not as good as Ames I'd say.
     
  12. clone319

    clone319 Active Member

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    Literally the first thing someone told me when I moved to marshalltown was I had to eat at Taco Johns. While it does have a bigger menu, I was unable to tell the food apart from any other taco johns I've ever been too.
     
  13. jtdoyle1

    jtdoyle1 Well-Known Member

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    That's like claiming to have the best port-o-potty in all of the tailgating lots. It's still a port-o-potty.
     
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    Al_4_State Well-Known Member

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    I've just never noticed much difference in food quality among any chain of a certain size. Which makes sense because chains are generally based on the idea of producing a consistent product anywhere.
     
  15. VTXCyRyD

    VTXCyRyD Well-Known Member

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    VTXCyRyD Well-Known Member

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    Another good place would be the Country House just before you get to Colo on Hwy 30.
     
  17. NATEizKING

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    I'm trying to find it online, but it depends on what you order I'm going on just a regular beef taco. I've eaten in CR, Ames, Ankeny, Waverly, CF, still good but no Mtown.
     
  18. NATEizKING

    NATEizKING Well-Known Member

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    So hard to find a taco john's article online...9 gazillion results.
     
  19. clone319

    clone319 Active Member

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    Here's something I found about the marshalltown taco johns


    In 1994, in fact, the Marshalltown Taco John's, after leading all other units in sales volume for four straight years, became the first unit to generate more than $1 million in receipts during a single year.

    Read more: Taco John's International, Inc.: Information from Answers.com


     
  20. vortex

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    There are five Caseys in the big M.
     

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