22 Favorite Midwest Downhome Restaurants
Editor Pick That Place, Conrad Stranded on the prairie at a highway crossroads, That Place (pictured at left) is one of those joints that packs 'em in for the Friday/Saturday prime rib special. Can you find prime rib as good in nearby Des Moines? Sure. But will you eat it in the red wooden booth of an old truck stop under the gaze of a jackalope and owners who are always glad you came? We didn't think so (641/366-2911).
Reader Pick Northwestern Steakhouse, Mason City "Terrific small restaurant that serves the best steaks and roast chicken we've found" (641/423-5075; northwesternsteakhouse.com).