Burger lovers throughout the state have provided 275 answers to the question "Who has Iowa's Best Burger?" Now in its second year, the Iowa's Best Burger contest had nearly 3,500 nominations that named 275 restaurants when the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association asked that simple question earlier this year.
"The Top 10 nominations are scattered throughout the state," says Dan Cook, a New Providence cattle farmer who is chairman of the IBIC. "The response to our request to the public for nominations shows that Iowans and Iowa restaurants know that burgers will always be a popular staple. Restaurants love to make burgers and their customers love to order and eat them."
"The burger is the all–American classic served in almost every restaurant from the local café to the finest white tablecloth establishment," notes Cook.
Winner will be named in early May, to start "May Beef Month"
The restaurants (in alphabetical order) are: Bancroft Drive Inn, Bancroft; Coon Bowl III, Coon Rapids; Dublin's Food & Spirits, Emmetsburg; and The Dugout, Ute. Also, Farmer's Kitchen, Atlantic; Grinnell Steakhouse, Grinnell; The Irish Shanti, Gunder; Rube's Steakhouse, Montour; Rusty Duck, Dexter; and 61 Chop House, Mediapolis.
Nominations were made between Feb. 14 through March 15, 2011 by either submitting the nomination form via mail, fax or online. The Top 10 restaurants were the top vote-getters when all on-line, paper and faxed ballots were counted.
The top 10 restaurants will be visited by a secret panel of judges who will evaluate the nominee's hamburgers by proper temperature for serving a ground beef patty, appearance and taste. The winner will be named the first week of May as a kick-off to May Beef Month, and will receive a plaque and a media prize package that will include an on-site live radio announcement.
Sponsored by Iowa Cattlemen and Iowa Beef Industry Council
To learn more about the contest, you can visit www.iabeef.org or "friend" Iowa's Best Burger Facebook page. Last year's restaurant winner was the Sac County Cattle Company of Sac City. Their Mushroom Swiss Burger won the overall award. In the first year of the contest, 906 burger nominations were made, representing 64 restaurants.
The contest is sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. ICA 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."
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.