Iowa’s Best Burger Cafe

1570 Iowa 224
Kellogg, 50135
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I saw a road sign as we were eastbound on I-80 for the self-proclaimed "Iowa's Best Burger Cafe." I thought to myself, "I'll be the judge of that thank you very much." After some smooth talking to my brother we decided to stop in to this conveniently located burgerstand / gas station. There's a lot of history here. This place is worn. Looks like the last refurb was in the late 70s. Wood paneling, formica you know what I am talking about. But it's well lit, clean and bright. The menu here is extremely limited. They stick with the fare that makes them famous: burgers, fries onion rings, soda and ice cream, and other popular favorites that you'll find at any fast-food stand. Place your order and find a seat. They'll tender place the beef patties on a incendiary conveyor belt to be coated in tasty flames. I had the double cheese burger and onion rings, with a soda. The burger was served on a big soft roll with fresh toppings. This is an awesome burger. It has a great authentic flame-kissed taste. Due to the demise of Sizzlin' Sams in Newton I would advise for traffic on the way to the eastern part of Iowa to try this wonderful little place out for a great burger.
Not at all !!! We honored the name and gave it a try. It was mediocre at best. There was no rich beef flavor, the bun was run of the mill, not so ripe tomato...really quite blah ! I am sure it has a market, but please, please change your name. Those of us who truly know what a good burger tastes like, are being duped into stopping. In Missouri we have Backyard Burger and those are far superior to this place. Sorry, I am all for tradition but the place is old, dirty and not good !!!!!!
I am completely perplexed by the stellar reviews of the food here. Maybe the owners have a lot of friends? Service is great and very friendly, but the food is exactly what it would seem to be - gas station food. Although it doesn't sit, pre-made, under a hot lamp like large chain gas stations, it's still pretty bland and plain. The burgers taste very similar to Burger King, but the patties are thinner (not ideal). The fries are sub par. My children (not picky eaters) hated their chicken strips. It's quaint and the prices are decent, but there is absolutely nothing that distinguishes this food from a school cafeteria. Nothing.

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