El Portal Mexican Restaurant

506 S Fremont St
Shenandoah, 51601
Reviews:
Pretty good. Clean.
First of all, Iowa State Police frequent here after scraping bodies off the treacherous roads of SW Iowa. That's saying something. Who has an appetite after that? Unless the food is good. And it is good here. There are not too many choice in Shenandoah... this is not a big town. But even with the lack of competition, El Portal is not mailing it in. They serve ample portions of all menu items. I usually go with pork items like chile verdes or carnitas... even fajitas sometimes. I hold off on the tortillas as that is usually too much food. Another tip is to ask for red or green Yucteca sauce. they have it, but it is not on the tables. Your server will love you for asking for it... it proves you love flavor. Yucateca habenero sauces make everything better! : )
Choices are limited in Shenandoah these days, a couple of Chinese buffets, the usual fast food chain dreck and a couple of pretty good diners. El Portal has a few locations in the area and without exception they serve pretty darn good mexican/american food! Having lived in Southern Arizona for a few years I tend to be a bit snobbish about what is loosely referred to as Mexican cuisine in the Midwest. El Portal has delivered a quality meal every time and in every location! The Enchiladas Acapulco (seafood enchiladas) are simply delicious! Good service, reasonable prices and consistency make El Portal a solid choice every time!

(712) 246-3115

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Nishna Valley Cafe

615 W Sheridan Ave
Shenandoah, 51601
Reviews:
A solid little breakfast spot where the locals gather at a big table and give you the once over as you come in the door. The pancakes and eggs were spot on and the service was super friendly.

(712) 246-2993

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Depot Deli and Lounge

101 N Railroad St
Shenandoah, 51601
Reviews:
I hit up the Depot Deli for breakfast before shooting a wedding in Shenandoah. If you're looking for a cheap no-fuss breakfast in a cool spot with history, give Depot Deli a try. I ordered an omelette with toast ($3.25) and coffee ($1). I requested an egg white omelette, and though my server was hesitant at first, she said "They [the cooks] don't normally like to do this, but I'll see what I can do." My request was granted, and I was served up one yummy egg white omelette with cheddar cheese. She kept the coffee coming, too. The one big distraction was the family of one of the employees. They were at a table in the main dining area, loud in their play and chat (albeit having a good time). Other than the noise, the idea of this place is great. The layout is unique, open in some parts yet tucked away in others, and the overall vibe is cool. There isn't a shortage of memorabilia to admire, and I dug the wood booths. This is definitely a fun place to go with friends, and I can tell many who visit are regulars. You can't beat the prices, and my server was incredibly attentive. I'd stop again if in the area.
A serious lack of attention from the owner has taken this once fine establishment down to 2 stars. The Depot has survived fires, rained out Everly Brothers shows that must have cost a young fortune and yet persevered. Does anybody care about this institution of Shenandoah anymore? Apparently the answer is no. If revenue falls below acceptable levels let's just raise prices, fixing problems would be too much like work.
Still a solid local joint. Great pie, mashers and hot roast beef. Nice service as well!

(712) 246-4444

Delis, Lounges

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Denise’s Desserts and More

606 W Sheridan Ave
Shenandoah, 51601
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No review available for this restaurant

(712) 246-2295

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Kaps Tavern

113 S Elm St
Shenandoah, 51601
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(712) 246-1283

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China Gate

1402 W Sheridan Ave
Shenandoah, 51601
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(712) 246-4150

Chinese

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Wing Wang Chinese Buffet

502 W Sheridan Ave
Shenandoah, 51601
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(712) 246-2698

Chinese, Buffets

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Caseys Carry Out Pizza

807 S Fremont St
Shenandoah, 51601
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(712) 246-1310

Convenience Stores, Pizza

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M’s Fine Dining

504 W Sheridan Ave
Shenandoah, 51601
Reviews:
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(712) 246-2401

Diners

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The Donut Stop

500 W Sheridan Ave
Shenandoah, 51601
Reviews:
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(712) 246-5365

Donuts

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