Midwest Living Review
In 2010, the Iowa Beef Council named the Sac County Cattle Company's Mushroom Swiss burger the best in Iowa. After a trip out to try it, we can see why. It was a great burger-eating experience. The restaurant opened in May 2007 and features a bar area and a dining area, with ample wildlife artwork on the walls. At the hostess' advice, we reserved a table for Friday night. The menu featured the usual: appetizers, salads, seafood, steak, sandwiches, pizza, and, of course, burgers. The burger list is short: the basic hamburger is $4.25. Add $0.50 for a cheeseburger. Specialty burgers cost $5.25. Sides are $2.50. We started with fried mushrooms, which came in a plastic, paper-lined basket with ranch sauce in a plastic tub. Thankfully, not everything was served the same way. For the entree, we ordered a mushroom Swiss burger and a side of hash browns (with sauteed peppers and onions) and a bacon cheeseburger with a side of potato wedges. At first, our burgers (served on a real plate!) looked like they came from the average-man's backyard grill. But on closer look, the bun was toasted, and the burger was cut to exactly fit the bun, and the half-pound patty was thick. Both burgers were done with no pink in the middle (even though our waitress didn't ask how we wanted them done) and they were perfectly flame-broiled on the outside. These burgers were juicy without the grease. They were juicy-tasty, requiring no follow-up beer or soda to wash it down. In fact, we were reluctant to follow with a taste of anything for fear of messing with the excellent taste of the meat. The mushroom Swiss burger had plenty of mushrooms and the cheese was melted but not pouring to the plate. The bacon on the bacon cheeseburger was thick-cut and covered the entire burger. Our hash browns were smothered in too many sauteed onions and peppers. The potato wedges were hot and crispy with a light seasoning. Next time, we'd split an order of the wedges and still have plenty. Know before you go: They don't serve lunch, and they don't accept credit or debit cards.