GRINNELL, Iowa — Travel Iowa, a part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, has come up with a way to get Iowans to visit more counties.
It comes in the form of a challenge: the 99 Restaurants to Try in Iowa is a list featuring one restaurant in each Iowa county. There is no prize or recognition for doing the “Full Grassley,” 99 counties every year, like Senator Grassley has done, but it’s sure to be a delicious time for anyone who participates.
The Prairie Canary is the chosen restaurant for Poweshiek County. Paul Durr bought the restaurant in 2014 form the original owner.
“They can expect a unique, eclectic menu. Being where we are a small, rural community, we kind of have to be all things to all people,” said Durr. “With Grinnell College having a big presence here, we cater to their tastes and likes and dislikes, also.”
The bar and restaurant is know for an international flavor on its menu, especially in dishes from Vietnam. Durr is half Vietnamese, and his mother occasionally helps him on part of those dishes.
“You can find a Saigon Steak Salad on the menu, you can find a south Asian Indian sandwich on the menu,” said Durr. “You can also find a 40-ounce ribeye for two, so we try to do a little bit of everything.”
If you would like to see the list of 99 Iowa restaurants click here.