Monday, February 15, 2016
A lot of places have come and gone over the years in Newton but this little place with the words CAFE visible on the square has been around for as long as I can recall. This is an older diner that specializes in burgers and breakfasts that had a bunch of families eating here when I visited.
Location: 120 1st St North in Newton, Jasper County in Central Iowa.
Directions: this is on the East side of the square across the street from the County Courthouse.
Online at: facebook page is HERE.
Price: $8.99 with a side
Service: its seat yourself table service with tables and booths and a counter in the back.
Final Thoughts: I had driven through Newton so many times over the years that I couldn't count. but finding a good tenderloin has eluded me. I had tried an old diner beside the Maid Rite, and I wanted to stop at a racing themed bar on the East side of town. But that place was closed on a Sunday when I was driving through, like how many racing themed bars are closed on Sunday? I remember when there was an Argentine steakhouse called Gauchos just a block of the square and I never made it in and now its been gone for ten years now.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Location: 229 6th Ave West in Grinnell Iowa about an hour east of Des Moines.
Directions: This is on old Highway 6 on the western side of Grinnell.
Online at: Website is HERE.
The tenderloin: The cut was a little on the thin side but the meat was moist throughout. The breading had a light crunchiness and not much taste but had a good golden brown color. Served on a soft bun with your choice of fixings overall 7.5 out of ten.
Price: $6.95 a la carte
Also on the menu: full breakfast in the morning, homemade pies and a huge lunch and dinner selection like steaks or burgers or seafood.
Service: Its table service by some long serving waitresses.
Final Thoughts: My attempts at finding a good tenderloin in Grinnell had been mostly frustration, I think I had one at a pizza place a long time ago, and I had tried Montgomery's Sandwich Shop but they didn't have a homemade loin. I may have to try the racing themed bar down the road in Newton on Highway 6 for my next stop.