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    Not sure if this is the right place for this, but I will start here first. Where are the places with great “bar food”. Great sandwiches, fish, tacos, steaks, tenderloins, ribs, brisket, pizza, soups, etc. The gotta stop there kind of place.

    Don’t know if we can get a thread going, but I live in NC Iowa and find Stumpy’s in Duncombe, (tenderloin, steak sandwich) Rides, Ft. Dodge, (great hamburgers), Lucky Pig, Ogden (tenderloin, fish and chips) are bars with good food and drink. Any favorite you would be willing to share?

    Seems we are always looking for a road trip or as we travel we are always looking for someplace new to us and different to try.

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    St Olaf… tenderloin
    Gunder… burger
    Walker… broasted chicken

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    The Irish Shanti in Gunder also serves an amazing tenderloin but they only serve them on Wednesdays.

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    Bents in Westgate. Great fish and also great smoked food.
    Eagles Roost in Hazelton has great burgers for cheap.
    Winthrop has a grocery store with awesome lunch deli meals. The Styrofoam containers weigh almost 10 pounds I swear.

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    I like the Stadium in Guttenberg, good stuff! Also, when I am up north, The Great River Roadhouse in DeSoto is about the best place I have ever ate! They make awesome ribs, pizza, and their Mozzerella sticks are to die for! Also I like breakfast at The Spillway Inn in Harpers Ferry.

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    If you ever get up near birchwood WI the sportsman bar has the big chetac burger which is about my favorite anywhere, the cafe in town has bubbas hashbrowns which are crispy hashbrowns covered in sausage gravy and topped with a fried egg.

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    The Owl’s Nest in Panora makes a killer breaded tenderloin. Not that smashed brick like you get at the fair but a real hand breaded thick cut pork tenderloin. Their “nest” burger is worth a try as well.

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    Quote by: Brad+Phillips

    St Olaf… tenderloin
    Gunder… burger
    Walker… broasted chicken

    ^ I’ve never had the chicken from Walker, but you can’t go wrong with St. Olaf and Gunder.

    The Big House in Petersburg has good burgers. (Used to be The Detour, changed hands recently and is really clean, which means something to those that know it as The Detour)

    The bar in Osterdock has great tacos on taco night, which I believe is Thursday night. They also usually do a hog/beef roast every summer.

    The Anchor Inn in Garber has oriental nights once in awhile. She puts on a good spread for that.

    If you get a chance, stop at JR Willie’s in Colesburg for a Willie Whopper.

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    Old 218 Tap in Hills has really good burger baskets and appetizers. One of my favorites is the Black and Blue burger with bacon – a black Angus burger covered in blue cheese and bacon. I recommend getting waffle fries with the burger.

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    Although an hour away, the Rusty Duck in Dexter is my family’s go-to place for great food and drinks. IMO, they have without question the best burgers (former best burger in the state winner) and tenderloins, and their ribeye steak deburgo is literally food porn. Their pastas are fantastic too, in fact, I’ve never had a bad meal at the Duck. Prices seem high until you get your food. Burgers are 3/4 pounders on bakery buns and the homey fries are piled high and deep. If you go for the bacon burger, you are in for a treat. I asked the owner, Brad, one time how many pieces of bacon he adds and he said, “…I just keep adding until it looks right…” The place is fantastic, but he gets super busy on Friday and Saturday nights, and you will want to get reservations if there are more than 2 people.

    The Redwood in Anita is a quality old school restaurant with a full bar. They also give you a full relish tray before your entrees arrive. They have great fried chicken and onion rings, and their burgers and steaks are pretty good as well.

    Darrell’s Place in Hamlin has very good tenderloins (former best tenderloin in the state winner) and chicken fillet baskets and a full bar. They also have a good salad bar and potato salad.

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    Quote by: llewellinsetter

    The Owl’s Nest in Panora makes a killer breaded tenderloin. Not that smashed brick like you get at the fair but a real hand breaded thick cut pork tenderloin. Their “nest” burger is worth a try as well.

    The Owl’s nest is a good place. I get lunch there often during the season.

    I think PJ’s is a little better though.

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    I’d agree on several that have been mentioned. Of course the Gunder Burger at the Irish Shanti and the St Olaf Tenderloin are great. I can’t remember the name but there used to be a place in Elkader that had an all you can eat breakfast buffet and it was really good. Haven’t been there in several years but I remember it being real good and a value as well.

    x2 on the Old 218 in Hills, the Country fried steak burger is amazing.

    I’d also add Aunt Necee’s Pizza in Edgewood.

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    Speng, Johnsons is in Elkader.

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    Quote by: Brad+Phillips

    Speng, Johnsons is in Elkader.

    Is it still there? Last time I ate there was probably 7+ years ago.

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    Rusty Duck in Dexter is the single best bar food on in Iowa.

    Best Burger for sure.

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    Fish and fries. ….Mucky Duck in Ames
    Ribs….. Hickory Park also Ames. They serve beer but I really wouldn’t call it a bar.
    New place in Luther “What ha Smokin'” has pretty good smoked meats.kinda slow but they are only a couple weeks old at this point.

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    Quote by: speng5

    Quote by: Brad+Phillips

    Speng, Johnsons is in Elkader.

    Is it still there? Last time I ate there was probably 7+ years ago.

    As far as I know, ate there last fall.

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