Burger lovers provided lots of answers to the question "Who has Iowa's Best Burger?" After counting the votes, the top 10 restaurants for 2013 are ready to move on to the next level: the selection of Iowa's Best Burger, which will be announced the first week of May. Now in its fourth year, Iowa's Best Burger contest received over 6,320 nominations that named 349 Iowa restaurants. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association counted the nominations that came in via online, texting and paper ballots. The results are (in alphabetical order):
* 61 Chop House Grille, Mediapolis
* Ankeny Diner, Ankeny
* B&B Grocery, Meat & Deli, Des Moines
* Elm's Club, Creston
* First Street Grille, Keosauqua
* JB's Bar & Grill, Marcus
* Rosco's, Norwalk
* Sam's Sodas and Sandwiches, Carroll
* The Ritz, Arnold's Park
* Zombie Burger, Des Moines
"The Top 10 nominations are scattered throughout the state," says Scott Niess, an Osage farmer who is chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council. "The nominations covered restaurants over 170 Iowa communities. That response shows that Iowans and Iowa restaurants know that burgers will always be a popular item. Restaurants love to make burgers and their customers love to eat them."
Top 10 restaurants in Iowa's Best Burger contest are scattered across state
"Although we won't announce Iowa's Best Burger until the first week of May, we encourage everyone to stop at one of the top 10 restaurants for a burger," Niess says. "Iowans have a very special place in their heart for burgers. The burger is the all–American classic served in almost every restaurant from the local café to the finest white tablecloth establishment."~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
Nominations for the contest were made from February 15 through March 18, 2013. The top 10 restaurants were the top vote-getters. All top 10 restaurants will receive a certificate, and will be visited by a secret panel of judges who will evaluate the hamburgers based on taste, appearance, and proper serving temperature.
"We're really happy to promote Iowa restaurants who do a great job of serving beef," said ICA president Ed Greiman of Garner. "We have a lot in common. Cattle producers and local restaurants are both small business owners who have a great passion for food, either producing it or preparing it. And both local restaurants and farmers are important to the economic well-being of hundreds of communities around the state."
Iowa Cattlemen promote Iowa restaurants who do a great job of serving beef
To continue to learn more about the contest, you can visit the Iowa Beef Council website or "friend" the Iowa Beef Council Facebook© page. You'll also find a map showing the locations of the top 10 restaurants. Last year, 4,250 nominations for the "Best Burger" title were received. The winner was the Coon Bowl III in Coon Rapids. Other previous winners include Sac County Cattle Company of Sac City, 2010; and Rusty Duck in Dexter, 2011.
About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen's Association represents 9,600 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa's beef industry. ICA's mission is "Grow Iowa's beef business through advocacy, leadership and education."
About the Iowa Beef Industry Council: The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head beef checkoff. Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.