Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Location: 216 S Market in Oskaloosa about sixty miles from Des Moines.
Directions: Market St in Highway 63 just south of the main drag through Oskaloosa.
Price: $5.00 with a bag of chips.
Also on the menu: the lunch menu is hot beef and tenderloins and a daily special then a dessert board. The breakfast menu includes bowls of cereal and the classic diner eggs and bacon breakfasts.
Service: It was table service when I stopped in for lunch. I should not that they are only open until 1:30 on weekdays and close after breakfast at ten on Saturday.
Ambiance: This is an old diner that hasn't been redone in a long time with wood paneling and an old counter and booths for seating.
Final thoughts: The signage and uniforms for Julie's Cafe seem to emphasize the hot beef sandwich and the pies. I think I would try one of those next time I am in Oskaloosa. This place seems to attract lots of locals for its breakfasts too.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Location: 25 W Main St in Marshalltown, about 45 minutes northeast of Des Moines.
Directions: Taking Highway 330 from Des Moines to Highway 30 into Marshalltown, turn north and drive to the courthouse and turn left to find Smokin' G's.
Online at: website is HERE.
Price: $9.95 with a side, but its a special on Tuesday with a drink and side for $9.50
Also on the menu: The huge menu starts with bbq meats, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and fried appetizers. They even have a couple eating challenges.
Service: Its full service with a hostess and seating at tables and booths. The lunch rush crowd meant the food and check took some time when I visited.
Ambiance: This is a main st building with a recent renovation into a BBQ spot with western themed decorations.
Final Thoughts: I think my next stop in Marshalltown should be the 13th St Inn if its still open, it had a "for sale" sign on its facebook page so I don't know whats going on there. Maybe I need to go to the Haverhill Social Club just south of Marshalltown too.