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A Taste of Iowa

Total Mileage/Average drive time
58 miles, 1 hour, 25 minutes

Iowa has been called the "Food Capital of the World" with good reason; the Hawkeye state's food is hearty, filling Midwestern food, a combination of the German and French cultures that settled here. It's no surprise pork is high up on the favorite food list. Indeed, Iowa leads the country in the agronomy of hogs.

1) Cedar Rapids
Starting Point

Venture off I-80 to I-380 and head to Cedar Rapids, home of the deep-fried pork tenderloin sandwich. Made in the style similar to the German schnitzel, this breaded pork cutlet is deep fried and topped with pickles, mustard, ketchup and onions. If you're looking for a sandwich that's huge, then Joensy's Restaurant is the place in Cedar Rapids. With its casual atmosphere, fair prices and friendly service, you'll savor every bite.

2) Amana Colonies
20 miles, 34 minutes

Head southwest on Highway 151 for a visit to the Amana Colonies, where you're treated like family, especially when it's time to eat. Delve into hearty German fare at most local restaurants, where dinner is served family-style and consists of the main course, bowls of salads, potatoes, gravy, hot vegetables, cottage cheese and fresh breads. Main courses may include chicken, roast beef, sauerbraten, Amana brats, catfish and even authentic wiener schnitzel cutlets. Take time for a cold one at the award-winning Millstream Brewing Company, offering 15 different beers throughout the year.

3) West Branch
38 miles, 51 minutes

Whether you're looking for the perfect morning pick-me-up or a made-to-order healthy lunch, Reid's Beans will delight your expectations. This charming café, located in the heart of Historic West Branch, is where the locals go for a satisfying meal, freshly baked bread and comfortable ambience. The menu changes daily so you're served the freshest in seasonal fare.