Iowa Tourism promoting 99 Counties, 99 food stops

(DES MOINES, Iowa)   The Iowa Tourism Office is launching a campaign, called "99-Counties, 99 Restaurants."   They've come up with a list of one restaurant per county, covering a wide range of dining options.

Tourism Office Manager Shawn Lode says travelers will find best burgers in Fairfield, top tenderloins in Prairie City, super steaks in Mason City, farm-to-table in Orient, fine dining in Cedar Rapids, cultural cuisines in Elkader, eclectic eats in Des Moines, comfort food in Balltown and more.

“Food is synonymous with travel. Not only do people travel for the specific purpose of sampling unique, local cuisine, but when people travel for any reason, they’re also interested in authentic dining experiences,” said Lode.   “Iowa’s diverse ethnic communities, range of small towns and urban centers, and a strong agricultural industry combine to make our state home to some of the most interesting and memorable breakfast, lunch and dinner opportunities in the nation.”

People can browse the list by travel area at or download the full list as a PDF. 

Travelers are encouraged to take photos at the restaurants and share using #ThisIsIowa or #99restaurants.

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