East Central Iowa · Iowa Food · Iowa's Wurst Road Trip

Iowa’s Wurst Road Trip: Casing Riverside

Riverside, IA: Washington County

When you’re traveling on HWY 218 through Washington County, you’ll see a very noticeable and popular landmark called Bud’s Custom Meats and you’ll want to make a stop no matter what you’re doing. Whether it’s their signs, the rows of solar panels that powers this meat shop, or the big word that says “Jerky”, Bud’s is an eye catcher with fantastic quality.

Just look at those smiles! We came for the sausage, but don’t pass up on their smoked ribs if you come on a Saturday. They are some of the best you’ll find in the Washington/Iowa City area and that’s no joke. You can follow us back to our house following the trail of bones. Picked clean, of course.

First you get the biscuits. Then you get the gravy. And then you get the power!

Bud’s ground breakfast sausage was up to bat and the biscuits were ready for a buddy to join them. On the side was homemade hash with chopped bacon, green peppers, and onions. I can’t imagine eating any of this without a runny egg.

You saw it in the featured image now feast your eyes on it again!

Bud’s is also known for their sausage without sage for the folks that like a different flavor in their links. These were encased with lamb skin and popped with every tender bite. The way great sausage should. How’s this for a second breakfast course!

We stuff our sausage patties in these parts!

The wind was just right for breakfast sandwiches and the patties at Bud’s came in more than handy. We cut a hole through the middle and added an egg yolk to give it that bulls-eye look. We hit the mark just fine thanks to this HWY 218 meat shop and we’ll see if Bud’s can “make the cut” for our Wurst Award in December….

Be sure to read about the other communities contending in Iowa’s Wurst Road Trip!

Cedar Falls



Downtown Iowa City




Iowa Irish Fest-Waterloo


La Porte City











West Bend

West Liberty


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