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Top 100 things to eat in Iowa before you die

from the Des Moines Register - July 9, 2006

  1. Taco Pizza, Happy Joe's, locations across Iowa
  2. Sweet corn, Sweet Corn Festival, Adel
  3. BBQ Ribs, Claxon's Smokehouse & Grill, Altoona
  4. Sauerkraut Salad, Colony Inn Restaurant, Amana
  5. Rhubarb wine, Ackerman Winery, Amana
  6. Schild Brau Amber, Millstream Brewery, Amana Colonies
  7. Sauerbraten (beef marinated in a sweet and sour sauce, made with spices and Amana wines) with potato dumplings, Ronneburg Restaurant, Amana
  8. Saucy Southerner Sandwich, Hickory Park, Ames
  9. Chicken Tequila Fettuccine (Chicken, onions, peppers and tequila-soy cream sauce on spinach fettuccine), Aunt Maude's, Ames
  10. Denver-Style Crust Pizza, The Great Plains Sauce and Dough Co., Ames
  11. Gyro, The Gyro Guy outdoor cart, Campustown, Ames
  12. Margarita, O'Malley & McGees, Ames
  13. Fresh Beer-Battered Onion Rings, The Redwood Steakhouse, Anita
  14. Angel Cream Coconut Cake, Peppercorn Pantry Tea Room, Aplington
  15. Nutty Bar, Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Arnolds Park
  16. Prime Rib, The Feedlot Steakhouse, Atlantic
  17. Homemade fudge, The Mean Street Grill, Atlantic
  18. Spaghetti Soup and Red Raspberry Pie, Breitbach's Country Dining, Balltown
  19. Sink Cookies, Granny Annie's Bakery & Cafe, Cedar Falls
  20. Raspberry Coffee Cake, Barn Happy, Cedar Falls
  21. Kolaches, Sykora Bakery, Cedar Rapids
  22. Cabbage Rolls (ground beef with rice wrapped in a cabbage leaf with a tangy tomato sauce) with potato or bread dumplings, Zindricks Czech Restaurant, Cedar Rapids
  23. Pork Ribs, Al & Irene's, Cedar Rapids
  24. Onion Rings, J Bruners steak restaurant, Clarinda
  25. Black Dirt Cake (cream-cheese frosting layered between ground Oreo cookies), That Place Restaurant, Conrad
  26. Garst Farm sides: Corn Casserole, Four-Way Bean Dish and Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage, Garst Farm Resorts, Coon Rapids
  27. Hot Fudge Sundae, served with a pitcher of fudge on the side, Lagomarcino's, Davenport
  28. Pond-Raised Catfish with Western Baked Potato, The Enchanted Inn, Davenport
  29. Regular (pepperoni and sausage) or Around-The-Garden Pizza, Mabe's Pizza & Restaurant, Decorah
  30. Breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelets, homemade waffles, biscuits and gravy, and pastries, Cronk's Restaurant & Lounge, Denison
  31. Burritos Jimador (cheese-sauce topped burritos stuffed with steak, cheese and lettuce), El Jimador, Denison
  32. Bone-in Delmonico, 801 Steak & Chop House, Des Moines
  33. Margherita or Sausage Pizza, Chuck's Italian-American Restaurant, Des Moines
  34. Peach Ice Cream, Bauder's, Des Moines
  35. Chicken Spiedini, Tursi's Latin King Restaurant, Des Moines
  36. Corn dog, Campbell's Concessions, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines
  37. Chocolate Bonbon, Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines/Windsor Heights/West Des Moines
  38. Tom Ka Kai, Thai Flavors, Des Moines
  39. Steak taco, Tasty Tacos, Des Moines
  40. Hot Sausage Sandwich (made with Graziano's sausage), Norwood Inn, Des Moines
  41. Trappistine Creamy Caramels, Trappistine Nuns of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey Monastery, Dubuque
  42. Bison Tenderloin, Pepper Sprout Midwest Cuisine, Dubuque
  43. Caramel Apple, Betty Jane Candies, Dubuque
  44. Gunderburger, The Irish Shanti, Elgin
  45. Stuffed Pork Loin, The Danish Inn, Elk Horn
  46. Crepes, La Petit Paris, Fairfield
  47. Vegetarian Salad Bar, Maharishi University of Management cafeteria, Fairfield
  48. Sunday Vegetarian Breakfast Buffet, Everybody's, Fairfield
  49. Wood-Fired Pizza, Revelations Cafe & Bookstore, Fairfield
  50. Semmel (a dense German roll, baked fresh daily), The Bistro at the Gortz Haus, Grimes
  51. Chicken Walnut Salad, served on Wednesdays at Kelcy's, Grinnell
  52. Cream-Filled Coney, (doughnut with cream filling, shaped like a hot dog), Danish Maid Bakery, Grinnell
  53. Homemade Triple Berry Pie, Picket Fence Caf? Guttenberg
  54. Cherry Pie, Crouse Cafe, Indianola
  55. Spicy Yam Pate, Red Avocado, Iowa City
  56. Green Papaya Salad, Thai Spice Restaurant, Iowa City
  57. Brie Beast Sandwich (Niman Ranch roast beef, brie cheese, roasted sweet peppers, lettuce and tomato on farm bread), New Pioneer Co-Op, Iowa City and Coralville
  58. Tuscan Tomato Soup, Bread Garden Bakery & Cafe, Iowa City
  59. Vegetarian Falafel Sandwich, Oasis Falafel, Iowa City
  60. Smoke Trout Pate (served with stone-ground wheat crackers), Linn Street Cafe, Iowa City
  61. BBQ Chicken, Camp David, Iowa Falls
  62. Fried Chicken with homemade bread, mashed potatoes and gravy, The Red Barn Bistro, Keosauqua
  63. Bob Dog (natural-casing wiener topped with loose meat), Bob's Drive-In, Le Mars
  64. Tenderloin Tips (cubes of tenderloin beef sauteed with mushroom, white wine and oregano in a white wine and garlic-butter sauce) Somebody's Grille & Bar, Manilla
  65. Tortellini Carbonara (tortellini with homemade Alfredo sauce, bacon and green onions), Phat Daddy's, Marengo
  66. Half-pound burger, Marquette Bar & Cafe, Marquette
  67. Maid-Rite, Taylor's Maid-Rite, Marshalltown
  68. Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie, Stone's Restaurant, Marshalltown
  69. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie, Twisted Chicken, McGregor
  70. 16-ounce Ribeye (heart-cut, bacon-wrapped), Rube's Steaks, Montour and Waukee
  71. Homegrown Muscatine Melons, late July until first frost, The Good Earth Restaurant, Muscatine
  72. Seven Seas Seafood Soup, Guadalajara, Muscatine
  73. Grilled Sirloin Meatloaf (Wood-fire grilled meatloaf served on Texas toast with BBQ sauce, topped with mashed potatoes and onion straws), The Button Factory Woodfire Grille, Muscatine
  74. Blue Cheese, Maytag Dairy Farm, Newton
  75. Bratwurst, Woudstra Meat Market, Orange City
  76. Loaded Hash Browns, Otho Pub, Otho
  77. Loose meat sandwich, Canteen Lunch in the Alley, Ottumwa
  78. Dutch letters, Jaarsma Bakery, Pella
  79. Cast-Iron Seared Filet with a Blue Cheese Crostini, Carmelized Mushrooms and a Maple-Bourbon Demi-glaze, David's Milwaukee Diner, Perry
  80. Fajitas, Sabor Latino, Postville
  81. Hamburger Buns, Postville Bakery, Postville
  82. Broasted Chicken, Red Rooster, Postville
  83. Pita and Falafel, Kosher Community Restaurant, Postville
  84. Country Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Vegetables, first Sunday of the month, Elks Club, Shenandoah
  85. Tuna Sushi, Fuji Bay Japanese Restaurant, Sioux City
  86. Onion Peels, Tastee In and Out, Sioux City
  87. Pork Tenderloin, St. Olaf Tavern, St. Olaf
  88. Fruit-of-the-Forest Pie (fruits in season), Susie's Kitchen, Stanton
  89. Swedish Meatball Soup, Boz Wellz Pub & Eaterie, Storm Lake
  90. Caramel Truffles, Kristi's Kandies & Heirlooms, Storm Lake
  91. New York Strip Steak, The Embers, Storm Lake
  92. Raspberry Pork Tenderloin (Grilled pork tenderloin with a raspberry sauce), The Cottage on Broad, Story City
  93. Dutch Salad, Coffee Cup Cafe, Sully
  94. Steak DeBurgo, Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro, Urbandale
  95. Cinnamon Roll, Iowa Machine Shed, Urbandale
  96. Prime Rib Twister (Grilled prime rib with Cajun seasoning topped with grilled mushrooms, onions and grilled shrimp), AK Corral Steakhouse & Lounge, Ute
  97. Muskie Burger, Muskie Lounge, Ventura
  98. Black Forest Cake, Martin's Brandenburg, Waverly
  99. Chocolate malt, Wilton Candy Kitchen, Wilton
  100. Apple Dumpling, Iowa 80 truck stop, Walcott
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