It’s pretty safe to say that we had an active year. And you can also say that we didn’t skip too many meals. Or any. We travel through and find some of Iowa’s best places to eat and kickback with our stomachs guiding us at times. I can’t tell you how proud of Iowa I am with the ever changing culinary landscape. The classics are still being served and we seek them as well. However, not only are delicious, unique ethnic restaurants popping up all over the state, but also casual-fine and fine dining opportunities in rural and urban areas. There’s a higher demand for locally sourced ingredients with chefs and business owners answering the call. Many homegrown cooks are returning to Iowa and/or staying put and contributing to an epicurean wave that is sweeping through the cornbelt. Enjoy our unofficial gastro-tour of Iowa from the past 12 months. By the way…..we’ve incidentally increased our hiking, dog walking, and trips to the treadmill too. (Please click on the pictures for descriptions and the links below to see the blog that features these great establishments)
From Iowa farm to your favorite table, these restaurants are striving to support small Iowa growers and livestock producers to bring you some of our states most delicious creations… from specialty dairy products to heritage breeds… from certified fruits and veggies to state of the art hydroponic produce grown year-round. Iowa always finds away to keep its agricultural edge.
Some of our favorite restaurants showcasing local foods:
Amazing Ethnic Restaurants:
Beloved burgers and pizza:
We always had time for breakfast:
Our Collective Sweet Tooth was activated:
And we saved room for the classics:
We’re wondering where it all went too. 2016 better come with a salad. Check, please!!
Thanks for reading! -Team Goodvin