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I-35 between MSP and KC?

suestlawrence Feb 17, 2009 07:02 PM

We'll be driving from MSP to Kansas City in a few weeks. Are there any fun restaurants along the way? Our plan is to stick to the highway, but we'd make a detour for something good Any type of food is OK. Thanks!.

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    suestlawrence Feb 20, 2009 02:33 AM

    Thanks for all the suggestions! Looks like we'll find plenty to entertain us on the way there and back.

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    1. re: suestlawrence
      Budair Feb 20, 2009 06:51 AM

      If you get to Des Moines and want a good deli sandwich or tenderloin you have to go to B&B Grocery Deli. This is a surviving neighborhood grocery store that serves great sandwiches. Their dad's killer sandwich was voted the best in Des Moines. The butchers are the real deal and will treat you like a local. Their web-site is www.killerdeli.com By the way, they also sell great meat!

      B & B Grocery Meat & Deli
      2001 SE 6th St, Des Moines, IA 50315

    2. cheeseguysgirl Feb 18, 2009 05:13 PM

      There is one of the last original Maid-Rites in Valley Junction/West Des Moines, not far off of where 235 crosses. I loved the whole Americana aspect of the place, and it had some of the best french fries (hot, crispy, and fluffy inside) Ive ever had. A couple of doors down is a cupcake store with delicious red velvet cupcakes. Yum!

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      1. re: cheeseguysgirl
        IowaBoy Feb 21, 2009 03:47 PM

        French Fries at a Maid Rite? Sacrilege.

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          cheeseguysgirl Feb 21, 2009 04:43 PM

          Really? Do tell, why? I've only eaten there once-- here was my review:


      2. MSPD Feb 18, 2009 09:58 AM

        I've driven this dozens of times and haven't found anything too compelling. Truth be told, I start with a pastry and coffee here in MSP, snack on some gizzards from the Flying J Truck Stop in Des Moines, then do BBQ in KC.

        That said, do a search on Ames and you'll find some older posts that address this same question. Good luck.

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        1. re: MSPD
          trza Feb 18, 2009 12:17 PM

          MSPD, there are plenty of unique and special places along I-35 in Iowa.

          Start at the Mason City turnoff, go east for the BPT at the Colony Inn in Ventura: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31257680@N05/3051159850/

          Go west to the Suzi-Q Cafe in Mason City, this is my write-up:

          The Suburban Restaurant in Gilbert makes everything from scratch:

          Just south of Iowa is the Dinner Bell in lowa, open 24/7:

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            The Dairy Queen Feb 18, 2009 12:41 PM

            Wow. I need to get to Iowa more!


            1. re: trza
              MSPD Feb 18, 2009 03:20 PM

              Good info. To be clear, I said I haven't found anything too compelling. I didn't at all mean to suggest there wasn't. My main purpose was to inspire a search starting with Ames, knowing that there have been many good threads about Ames on here.

              Sorry to not be clear.

              1. re: trza
                zataar Feb 18, 2009 04:47 PM

                We've stopped at the Dinner Bell numerous times. It is in Missouri, not Iowa. It is a good truck stop kind of place. I've had a burger at 8 am and bacon and eggs at noon. It's all been good.

                1. re: trza
                  clk May 18, 2009 08:31 AM

                  The Colony Inn appears to have closed. I arrived there around noon last Friday (after driving from the Twin Cities, anxious for BPT), and the lights were off, doors were locked.

                  Sad news, that was a standard stop on road trips down I-35.

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                    Davydd May 19, 2009 06:39 AM

                    We stopped at the Colony Inn around 3:00 PM last month. They were open but said they weren't serving food until 4:30 PM. They wouldn't make an exception despite our travels from Missouri that day. As far as I am concerned it was their loss. Two of my most recent stops at restaurants in small towns have been at 3:00 PM and the restaurants were busy. I doubt we will ever go back if they aren't serving during the day. It appeared to be nothing but a bar/grill to me.

                    1. re: Davydd
                      trza May 19, 2009 11:08 AM

                      I think the odd hours are because the same people operate the PM Park Resort/Lodge/Restaurant on the other side of the lake during the summer. I called PM Park and got an answer that the Colony Inn was still open late, it was more of a lounge/bar with a big hunting lodge-style interior. I remember eating there around 11:00 AM back in December, the ice fishermen were out on the lake and on the ponds south of Mason City.

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                        Davydd May 19, 2009 07:06 PM

                        April is not summer. Poor management in my opinion to be open but not serving.

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