Two Southeast Iowa Restaurants Make Top 10 Best Burger List

Written by on March 25, 2013 in News

Top Ten of Iowa’s Best Burger contest scattered across the state

AMES, IOWA –Burger lovers provided lots of answers to the question “Who has Iowa’s Best Burger?” After counting the votes, the top ten restaurants for 2013 are ready to move on to the next level: the selection of Iowa’s Best Burger, which will be announced the first week of May.

In its fourth year, Iowa’s Best Burger contest received over 6,320 nominations that named 349 Iowa restaurants. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association counted the nominations that came in via online, texting and paper ballots. The results are (in alphabetical order):

61 Chop House Grille, Mediapolis
Ankeny Diner, Ankeny
B&B Grocery, Meat & Deli, Des Moines
Elm’s Club, Creston
First Street Grille, Keosauqua

JB’s Bar & Grill, Marcus
Rosco’s, Norwalk
Sam’s Sodas and Sandwiches, Carroll
The Ritz, Arnold’s Park
Zombie Burger, Des Moines

“The Top Ten nominations are scattered throughout the state,” says Scott Niess, an Osage farmer who is chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council. “The nominations covered restaurants over 170 Iowa communities. That response shows that Iowans and Iowa restaurants know that burgers will always be a popular item. Restaurants love to make burgers and their customers love to eat them.”

“Although we won’t announce Iowa’s Best Burger until the first week of May, we encourage everyone to stop at one of the Top Ten restaurants for a burger,” Niess says. “Iowans have a very special place in their heart for burgers. The burger is the all–American classic served in almost every restaurant from the local café to the finest white tablecloth establishment.”

Nominations for the contest were made from Feb. 15 through March 18, 2013. The Top Ten restaurants were the top vote-getters. All Top Ten restaurants will receive a certificate, and will be visited by a secret panel of judges who will evaluate the hamburgers based on taste, appearance, and proper serving temperature.

“We’re really happy to promote Iowa restaurants who do a great job of serving beef,” said ICA President Ed Greiman of Garner. “We have a lot in common. Cattle producers and local restaurants are both small business owners who have a great passion for food – either producing it or preparing it. And, both local restaurants and farmers are important to the economic well-being of hundreds of communities around the state.”

To continue to learn more about the contest, you can visit or “friend” the Iowa Beef Council Facebook© page. You’ll also find a map showing the locations of the Top Ten restaurants.

Last year, 4,250 nominations for the Best Burger title were received. The winner was the Coon Bowl III in Coon Rapids. Other previous winners include Sac County Cattle Company of Sac City, 2010; and Rusty Duck in Dexter, 2011.

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