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Old 02-18-2008, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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Well I was thinking about this thread earlier this afternoon, so I thought I would dig it out of the Iowa Forum attic. *blows off dust*

TRY Big Muddy's in Burlington, it's downtown on the Mississippi in a really pretty setting below a bluff near the Bridge, and it's in an old historic train depot. They have a patio to eat out on when the weather is nice, and I believe they play local music sometimes out there at night. It's really a great place with great food!
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:11 AM
 
Location: East Cobb, GA
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The Tic Toc in Cedar Rapids is really good food in an interesting setting

Rudy's Tacos in Waterloo/Cedar Falls (can't remember which) awesome with hanging dolls all over

The Brown Bottle (I know there are several but the food is amazing!)
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Old 02-21-2008, 07:06 AM
 
Location: SOBU
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hehe, yes...The Brown Bottle is one of my favorites.
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Old 02-21-2008, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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Rudy's Tacos in Waterloo/Cedar Falls (can't remember which) awesome with hanging dolls all over
It's in Waterloo at Falls Ave. and Ansborough. This might be a chain, maybe just a local one... I know there is one in Davenport as well.
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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These are both chain restaurants.
Maid-rite is actually corporately based out of Urbandale and started in Iowa - then became a chain.
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Maid Rite was on the food network a while back ago and they did a clip on one in Des Moines, it was kind of cool.

I like Maid Rite. I don't get there that often, but usually whenever I'm at Southridge Mall I'll stop by the one there. I guess the company is planning on launching a ton of new restaurants here pretty soon.
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:29 PM
 
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The Seafood Market at the Clock Tower in West Des Moines is one of my favorite places to eat. Grilled shrimp. DROOL! I LOVE IT!
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:03 PM
 
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Hmm, can't believe no one's mentioned the Lincoln Cafe in Mt. Vernon...guess I'll have to represent .

The Lincoln's specials are amazing--delicious, unexpected, beautifully presented food made from very fresh, often local ingredients. I lived in L.A. for a long time and was wined and dined in Honolulu one summer, and the specials at the Lincoln remind me of some of the first rate restaurants there, though with a southern rather than Asian flair.

The decor is small-town retro-hip, with a rotating display of local artists on the walls, and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

But what makes this something you won't find anywhere else is that the fancy-schmancy specials are combined with a wonderful basic menu--great hamburgers, fresh-made potato chips, some of the best guacamole I've had anywhere, etc.--at great prices. So while you could easily pay over $50/person if you get wine from the wine bar, a special and dessert, it is also possible for my family of 5 to eat there (and eat well) for under twenty-five bucks.

I can't think of another place I could as happily go for either a date night or a family dinner (early weekday evening--don't want to disrupt those dates!).
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:58 PM
 
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Thumbs up Three family-oriented restaurants... fast & fun!

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Maid Rite ....
When I saw IA and posts for Restaurants... I had to come and be certain Maid Rite was on the list! I grew up visiting IA 1-2x/year, and I remember stopping by Maid Rites in Marshalltown... the place was *always* full! You'd have to stand until a stool opened for you to sit down. Then our family just lined up! We had fun watching them stir the steamed meat in the vat, then smashing our Maid Rites down in their little paper once they arrived to the counter. Yum! It is *not* the same as a burger - much better! And when you're done... don't forget to order a shake with extra malt to go!

To this day, everytime I drive through IA (not as often), I order about 20+ of them to take to my folks for everyone to have one. What nice memories!

I also want to put in a note for Culver's. I know they are another burger place, and I really don't eat much red meat - mostly fr/vege gal and Salmon, but... they make *their* burgers *fresh* when you order them, and grill them - to my understanding - with butter! Butterburgers. And another great shake debate on that one as well... always extra malt!

And ... Pizza Ranch. (Mercy! I really don't eat out this much.) They are a nice place to take a family - good, clean, family-atmosphere, and the most interesting pizza combinations you'll ever find! If they don't have it? Just ask! They'll make it for you! I like their BBQ Chicken & Taco Pizzas! Yum! I try to make it once every month or two to a Pizza Ranch. Great place to meet with friends. Sign up for their online specials!
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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I also want to put in a note for Culver's. I know they are another burger place, and I really don't eat much red meat - mostly fr/vege gal and Salmon, but... they make *their* burgers *fresh* when you order them, and grill them - to my understanding - with butter! Butterburgers. And another great shake debate on that one as well... always extra malt!
Unfortunately, Culver's is based out of Wisconsin. I wish we could claim them as our fame ... those are some of the best restaurants I've ever been too!
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