The Best That NW Iowa Has To Offer
The Best That NW Iowa Has To Offer Can be found at The Blue Mountain BBQ in Orange City, Ia.. It's not your usual small town BBQ place, they serve an electic variety of upscale dishes that words just can't do proper justice too. This is a must see establishment, but in the advent that you won't be traveling to NW Iowa any time soon, just copy and paste the below website into your address bar and check it out!
Another option in the area is Hungry's, a steakhouse in North Sioux City. It's as basic as basic gets -- big old open grill in the center of the room, a salad bar with mostly lettuce, and baked potatoes the size of your head. It's rough around every edge (though they make a surprisingly fine martini), but they do grill a mean steak. The once-in-a-while fish specials also make for a fine meal.
No website, but here's the info. Address: 100 N 14th St, Dakota City, NE 68731
I have found Blue Mountain to be a bit uneven and a little expensive for small town Northwest Iowa. The food isn't bad it just isn't great. And the decor, prices, etc. makes you expect great. I was excited by their small plates menu but nothing I had set me on fire. I would rather eat at Four Brothers or Archie's in LeMars or at that steakhouse in Sibley, if coming from the other direction.
Well it probably boils down to personal preferences.
Archies is a good place with a good history of fine steaks, and homemade Blue Cheese dressing. I don't know if they still have a seperate section for smokers, but come July it should greatly improve by not allowing smokers to ruin a good meal.
I have also been to 4 Brothers in Le Mars. Talk about high priced, and funky food. I can't recommend 4 Brothers to anyone.
However I was impressed with Blue Mnt. BBQ. They offered upscale eating which I enjoyed, and which is a rare find in the smaller rural communities like Le Mars, in NW Iowa. The decor of Blue Mountain BBQ is impressive, and the electic changing menu is inspiring. I have never had a disappointed dining guest when we have dined there.
It's worth checking out.
Hell check all 3 out, then you'll know for sure which eating experience meets your personal preferences.
re: Cherokee Critic
We pass through Iowa yearly normally staying in Orange City. This year we stopped in La Mars. We saw 4 Brothers on our way in and could not wait to check in and have a nice steak. We had a very disappointing dinner from beginning to end. I will be kind enough not to mention every horrible aspect. The point being, I wish I had read your post sooner. We would never recommend this place to anyone at anytime.
I recently moved to the area from New Orleans. I live in Sioux Center, and regularly eat out, as its in my blood to seek out the best food in an area.
My opinion on the local dining scene:
As for Four Brothers, they've continually slid downhill since I first went there. Probably won't go back after my last experience. (no website)
Archies is always the go to place for the absolute best steaks in the area. I cut my filet with a butter knife, you cannot beat their meat, however, atmosphere, service, decor (those little snow homes!?!) are in desperate need of attention. (no website)
Blue Mountain...it depends on which restaurant you're talking about there (Passport Club, Smokehouse Grille, or the Lodge), but their smokehouse grille uses a wood-fired oven for pizzas, has their own organic farm, grow their own spices, have an onsite charcuterist (sp) for salamis, bacon, sausages, other cured meats...etc...not to mention the passport club upstairs, filled with antiques and artifacts from around the world, a trilobyte that the smithsonian tried to purchase. My only gripe would be their drink prices, the upstairs small plates menu is lacking, and the servers at the smokehouse grille need a little polishing. Definitely my top choice...I tried to become a member to their passport club, but the waiting list is 8 months long!!! (www.bluemountainemporium.net)