Iowa March 02, 2019
The Iowa Diner That’s So Affordable You’ll Want One Of Everything On The Menu
Iowa is home to plenty of greasy spoons that serve up tasty food, but some truly stand out from the rest! Head to the small town of Fort Madison to try a diner that’s become a local legend for their huge portions and affordable prices.
Fort Madison was the first permanent U.S. military fort on the Upper Mississippi River. It was famous for being the site of Black Hawk's first battle against the US troops on the Upper Mississippi.
Today, you'll find another famous Fort across from the historic site - Jake & Walt's legendary Fort Diner.
Their menu hasn't changed much over nearly twenty years in the same location, and the low prices are a throwback to the retro diners throughout the Midwest.
Though their prices are way low, their portions are enormous. You'll find overloaded omelettes, crispy bacon, and a variety of breakfast sandwiches on the menu.
Like any good Iowa restaurant, The Fort Diner cooks up an enormous and flavorful tenderloin. It's one of the restaurant's best kept secrets.
The Fort Diner is famous for their burgers. Try a classic cheeseburger or go overboard with tasty toppings to create the meal of your dreams.
The Wallyburger is a legendary creation, and if you love burgers, you've got to try it. It's a full pound of beef topped with grilled onions and absolutely smothered with cheese.
You'll find The Fort Diner right across from the old Fort Madison site. Be sure to visit the historic park after you've had a great meal.
You can find The Fort Diner at 801 Ave H., Fort Madison, IA 52627.
For more great diners that are worth tracking down in the Hawkeye State, visit
10 Diners That Capture The Spirit Of Iowa.