Monday, July 15, 2013
Location: 203 S Main St. in Laurel, Iowa, Marshall County just north and east of the Des Moines area.
Directions: Laurel is the town on the road between Newton and Marshalltown, and J & K Diner sits right on the State Highway that takes everyone through the town.
Price: $5.25 a la carte
Also on the Menu: The menu has the basics like burgers or sandwiches and fried stuff, with a loomeat hamburger named the Mustang Burger, and full breakfast service in the morning.
Ambiance: I think the blinds that read Sue's Halfway Cafe were left here by the last tenant, the walls are decorated with signs with bad jokes like Beware Of Wife written on them. There is an old counter fixture and tables for seating.
Final Thoughts: Its always good to see a new place open in a small town when driving through for the last time. J & K and its tenderloin didn't blow me away, but it seems like a perfectly good place to stop for a snack in the small town of Laurel.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Location: 304 S Madison St in Madrid, just north and west of Greater Des Moines.
Directions: Its the huge building by the bike trail on the road into Madrid, pretty hard to miss.
Online at: Website for Flat Tire Lounge is HERE. for The Radish in Grimes is HERE.
Price: $8.00 the fires were $2.00 more.
Also on the Menu: Wraps, sandwiches, a grilled pork loin sandwich, full brunch in the morning and a full drink menu inside.
Ambiance: This bar serves the visitors to the busy bike trail and it was packed when I visited. There is a patio outside and a large bar area inside. They let people wearing bike gear inside. There is even a pump outside in case your bike has a flat tire.