The Best Food and Drink in Iowa
Located in the heart of the Midwest, Iowa residents love all the classic comfort foods America has to offer. Craving corned beef? You can find it in Iowa. Cornbread? That’s there, too. We promise that they also eat foods that don’t have corn in the name. Total coincidence. We’ve rounded up the best of the state’s eats as part of our first annual guide to the best food and drink in every state.
Though, they do love their corn. People from Iowa really hate quinoa, and some say it’s because the state is the number one producer of corn nationwide. But just because their economy is kept afloat on corn’s kernels doesn’t mean that it’s all they eat.
In fact, Iowa has stirred up a surprising amount of food-related controversy for being such a sparsely populated state. They recently got involved in a heated debate over Pop Tarts and mustard and beat out Wisconsin in the ranking of the country’s cheesiest states. They’ve also been home to more than one alarmingly political local restaurant.
But despite all that drama, they still manage to put on an internationally-acclaimed state fair with some absolutely wild state fair foods. You won’t find many health foods within Iowa’s borders — but you will find farm-fresh dishes and creative comfort classics.
Over the course of the past year we’ve honored everything from its best hot dogs and farmers markets to its best dive bar and craft brewery in our comprehensive and wide-ranging lists and rankings, compiled through extensive research and with input from a wide network of site contributors, bloggers, journalists, and chefs. We’ve compiled these into individual slideshows celebrating the best food and drink in every state, and you can find our Iowa slideshow here.