Back In The Day, This Quiet Iowa Town Was A Mafia Mecca

When Iowa passed an amendment to its constitution banning the manufacture, sale, and consumption of alcohol, the town of Sioux City rejected the order. Far away from the state capital and a town where liquor had always flowed freely, the leaders and business owners of the industrial town could not have cared less about the orders from Des Moines. The town, which had already gained the nickname “Little Chicago,” was quickly tangled up in a bit of a mafia mess.

You can read more about the mafia history of Sioux City here and here. With a history like this, it’s no wonder that two Sioux City restaurants made our list of 11 Restaurants That Serve The Best Bloody Mary In Iowa!