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Jethro's BBQ 

3102 Forest Ave Des Moines, IA (515) 279-3300

Sandwiches American 
The Jethro, with breaded tenderloin, pulled pork, and homemade bacon

  • GOLD for Jethro's BBQ


Zombie Burger 

300 GRAND AVE Des Moines, IA (515) 244-9292

10 bacon inspired burgers including the Walking Ched with a Mac and cheese bun

  • SILVER for Zombie Burger


THe Machine Shed 

11151 Hickman Rd Urbandale, IA (515) 270-6818

Bacon store, pork chops and a bacon bloody mary.

  • SILVER for THe Machine Shed



223 4th St Des Moines, IA (515) 323-3333

Crab Rangoon Pizza

  • SILVER for Fong


High Life Lounge 

200 SW 2nd St Des Moines, IA (515) 280-1965

Sandwiches American 
Adam Richman comes to the High Life Lounge to taste some of their signature dishes like crispy pressure-fried chicken and bacon-wrapped tate

  • SILVER for High Life Lounge


Dixie Quicks 

157 W Broadway Council Bluffs, IA (402) 346-3549

Southern Southwestern 

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B and B Grocery 

2001 SE 6th St Des Moines, IA (515) 243-7607

Visit this family-owned business that’s famous throughout the Midwest for its pork tenderloin sandwich. And don’t miss their peppe

  • BRONZE for B and B Grocery


Smokey D's 

601 Locust St Des Moines, IA (515) 245-3800

the trophy-winning barbecue joint smoking up all kinds of unique wings and dishing out an out-of-bounds apple dumpling dessert

  • BRONZE for Smokey D's



407 E 5th St Des Moines, IA (515) 556-0571

the fusion joint making unique burritos alongside bulgogi masa fries

  • BRONZE for Tacopocalypse


Ox Yoke Inn 

4420 220th Trail Amana, IA (800) 233-3441

German American 
Many Iowa locals say that the best pork around is cooked up by the Leichsenring family, which has been serving traditional farm-fresh food a

  • BRONZE for Ox Yoke Inn


Black Market Pizza 

1701 SE Delaware Ave Ankeny, IA

Adam visits Black Market Pizza for some of the most original pie in the Hawkeye State, including their famous Bacon Double Cheeseburger Pizz


El Bait Shop 

200 Sw 2nd St Des Moines, IA (515) 284-1970

Mexican Latin American 
Then Sandra checks out El Bait Shop in Des Moines which is described as a "mancave on steroids." It


George the Chili King 

5722 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA (515) 277-9433

the historic drive-in famous for their nearly century-old chili recipe


Iowa 80 Truck Stop 

515 Sterling Dr Walcott, IA (563) 284-6965

Largest truck stop with tons of great food.


Flying Mango 

4345 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA (515) 255-4111

Southern spot cooking up all the classics, from ribs and red beans and rice to catfish cakes and collards



3800 Merle Hay Rd Ste 4000 Des Moines, IA (515) 278-8173

Traditional American Fast Food 
One of the first drive thru restaurants. Serve loose-meat sandwiches.


Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral 

5955 Merle Hay Rd Johnston, IA (515) 331-0057

Sandwiches American 
fiery bbq sauce made from the hottest pepper on Earth


Patton's Restaurant 

1552 East Grand Avenue, Suite D Des Moines, IA (515) 265-2203

the Southern spot serving up legit fried chicken and decadent red velvet waffles


Mi Patria 

1410 22nd St Des Moines, IA (515) 222-2755

a real deal Equadorian spot cooking up authentic specialties like chicken with rice and pork with hominy


Lincoln Cafe 

117 1st St NW Mount Vernon, IA (319) 895-4041

Owner and executive chef Matt Steigerwald has turned his clientele into adventurous eaters. The menu includes such items as roasted heritage


Gramma's Kitchen 

3408 N Plainview Rd Walcott, IA (563) 284-5055

Best breaded pork sandwich in Iowa.



1701 E Grand Ave Des Moines, IA (515) 265-2031

Jalapeno bacon wrapped tater tots.

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