22 Favorite Midwest Downhome Restaurants
Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota restaurants
Editor Pick Stella's Bar and Grill, Bellevue, Nebraska Juicy burgers wrapped in napkins are greasy in the best possible way. Don't pass up fries or onion rings. Stephanie Francois, great-great-niece of Stella who started the 70-year-old business, continues the legacy using family recipes and Stella's well-seasoned cast-iron griddle (402/291-6088).
Reader Pick The Plainsman Steakhouse and Lounge, Juniata, Nebraska "They have a fabulous salad bar and prime rib dinner every Friday and Saturday night" (402/751-2512).
Reader Pick The Hitching Post Bar, Benedict, North Dakota "Good basic food, including steak specials with all the fixin's in a town with no paved roads" (701/679-2502).
Reader Pick Charlie's Cottonwood Lake Resort, Lake City, South Dakota "Best prime rib on Friday nights" (605/448-2226).
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® July/August 2010.)