1. The Irish Shanti, Elgin
The Irish Shanti, located in Elgin, is home to the epic Gunderburger, a large burger created in the '70s that is a full pound of hand-pattied ground beef with a variety of toppings. The Shanti has plenty of other dishes, as well, like pork burgers, sandwiches and a variety of classic American entrees.
Address: 17455 Gunder Rd., Elgin, IA
2. The Chuckwagon Restaurant, Adair
The Chuckwagon was named the winner of Iowa’s Best Burger contest for 2016 by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, so you know it’s good. Their burgers, of course, are a great reason to eat here, but you can’t go wrong with their other tasty menu options.
Address: 113 S 5th Street, Adair, IA
3. Northwestern Steak House, Mason City
Northwestern Steak House is a definite hidden gem. Since 1920, they’ve been serving mouth-watering Greek-style steaks, cooked with olive oil and a blend of Greek seasonings.
Address: 304 16th St. NW, Mason City, IA
4. Angelini’s Pizza, Keokuk
Angelini's has tasty pizza, of course, and and variety of pasta dishes, steaks, salads, fish, and more. Some nights they even have a pasta bar, where you can mix and match your own pasta dish.
Address: 1006 Main St., Keokuk, IA
5. Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars
Archie’s Waeside serves the most amazing dry aged steak you can get in Iowa, or even the country. Their steaks are award-winning, and I think you’ll agree that this place is worth a stop.
Address: 224 4th Ave. NE, Le Mars, IA
6. Bombfire Pizza, Sabula
This quirky pizza place in Sabula, Iowa’s only island town, serves up delicious wood fired pizza full of flavor. With its funky hippy vibe, fresh ingredients and friendly staff, it’s a great place for a memorable night out.
Address: 516 Pearl St., Sabula, IA
7. Starboard Market, Clear Lake
Starboard Market serves amazingly delicious sandwiches in a charming atmosphere. They also serve plenty of soups, salads and homemade desserts.
Address: 310 Main Ave., Clear Lake, IA
8. Tomaso’s Pizza, Marion, Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha
Tomaso’s serves amazing Chicago deep dish, Detroit deep dish and New York thin crust pizza. Their pizza is so good they’ve won awards, like the #1 best pizza in Cedar Rapids twice.
1111 7th Ave, Marion, IA
3234 Center Point Rd NE Cedar Rapids, IA
1061 N Center Point Rd. NE, Hiawatha IA
9. Salt Fork Kitchen, Solon
Salt Fork serves delicious seasonal, locally sourced dishes. While Wednesday through Sunday they serve breakfast and lunch, they do serve dinner on Friday nights from 5:30 - 8:30pm. The food is made from scratch with fresh ingredients, and you’ll find all kinds of egg dishes, pancakes, French toast, burgers, salads, sandwiches and more on the menu.
Address: 112 E Main St., Solon, IA
10. The Cider House, Fairfield
Winner of Iowa's Best Burger in 2015, a yearly competition held by The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Council, the Cider House has amazing burgers. They also have a cool, eclectic atmosphere and tasty hard cider, among other things.
Address: 102 N 2nd St., Fairfield, IA