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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

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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

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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


 

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


 

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



 

Fong 

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

Pizza 
Crab Rangoon Pizza

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George the Chili King 

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

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


 

Gramma's Kitchen 

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

Best breaded pork sandwich in Iowa.


 

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

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Iowa 80 Truck Stop 

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

Largest truck stop with tons of great food.


 

Jethro 

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

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


 

Jethro's BBQ 

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

American Cafe 
Adam faces the Adam Emmenecker Challenge, a BBQ sandwich made with breaded pork tenderloin, a grilled bacon cheese burger, Texas brisket, "f

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Kelly 

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

Jalapeno bacon wrapped tater tots.


 

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


 

Maid-Rite 

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.


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

THe Machine Shed 

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

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Tacopocalypse 

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

the fusion joint making unique burritos alongside bulgogi masa fries


 

The Machine Shed 

11151 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA (515) 270-6818

Bacon store, pork chops and a bacon bloody mary.


 

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


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