Antique Archaeology LeClaire Iowa Home of American Pickers

We visit Antique Archaeology in LeClaire, Iowa home of American Pickers.

Honey Creek Resort State Park on Rathbun Lake Moravia Iowa

Honey Creek Resort State Park

Located on Rathbun Lake near Moravia, Iowa, Honey Creek Resort State Park is “Iowa’s newest outdoor destination.” Built in the Arts and Crafts style, the spacious Honey Creek Resort Lodge is welcoming and comfortable from the moment you step foot inside. We stayed in a king room with a view of the lake.

Honey Creek Resort Has a Wide Variety of Activities

Activities include fishing, swimming and sunbathing along the sandy beach, boating, golf, bicycling, walking/hiking, birdwatching, swimming in the pirate themed indoor water park, or our favorite — just plain relaxing in an adirondack chair on the outdoor patio, overlooking the view of the river with a glass of wine from the full-service lounge. Dinner at the Lakeshore Grille highlighted products grown and raised in Iowa.

Honey Creek Resort as a Destination

As Iowa’s first state-run state park resort, Honey Creek Resort truly is a destination in itself and is worth the trip!

Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant In Urbandale Des Moines Iowa

Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale – Des Moines, Iowa.

A place we go at least once a year, the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant is always busy and always good food.

The Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant Motto

“Dedicated to the American Farmer” is the five-word constitution of the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant. The sign above the front entry explains to those who might not get it: “Farming is Everyone’s Bread and Butter.”

Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant: Good Farm-Fresh Food

Founded in Davenport, Iowa, the Machine Shed Restaurants are also found in Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Read more about Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant in Melanie’s Blog.

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Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant

With a name like “Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant,” you should be prepared to get good, down-home, farm-fresh cookin’.  That is just what you get at this popular restaurant destination in Des Moines, Iowa.  Technically, its in Urbandale, and technically its called “The Machine Shed” but there is nothing technical about the good food they serve.  It is simple and delicious — and true to their five-word mission:  “Dedicated to the American Farmer.” 

While The Iowa Machine Shed food is definitely worth waiting for, you won’t mind waiting a bit if needed.  Located at Iowa’s “Living History Farms” in Urbandale, the Iowa Machine Shed is the only restaurant I know where you can get a ride on a hay rack (minus the itchy hay) pulled by a tractor.   Or linger in their country-store-style waiting area, shopping through their cookbooks and other fun household necessities like beautiful towels and clever kitchen gadgets.   You just might be disappointed if you don’t have to wait!

 Iowa Machine Shed Menu

Its best to come hungry.  After placing your order, your server brings out family-style ”fixins” — cole slaw, cottage cheese, fresh bread and spice cake.   The spice cake is a welcome change from the usual dinner rolls and is on my list of favorites at the Iowa Machine Shed.  On this particular trip, Roy got the meatloaf.   It was a stack of thick, homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes, beef gravy, and french fried onions.   He said it was delicious.  (I sure hope he doesn’t expect this kind of meatloaf at home!  Mine is delicious, but I can see I’ll have to work on my presentation.)  My creamed chicken and biscuits were tasty as well, and just what I expected.

Ever on the search for the perfect apple dumpling, we did share one for dessert — with cinnamon ice cream.  Their signature dessert, we rated it as very good. 

Iowa Machine Shed at Least Once a Year

We get to the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant at least once a year when we’re in Des Moines for the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association “Heartland Nationals” at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  The Iowa Machine Shed staff never have a problem putting together a table big enough for 12 to 14 of us to sit around.  They feed us like family and treat us that way, too.  That’s part of what keeps us going back.  That and the food!  Iowa Machine Shed — it’s worth the trip!


Zombie Burger + Drink Lab Des Moines Iowa for Lunch

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab in Des Moines, Iowa for lunch.

Zombies in Iowa? Yes there are — and they’re delicious! Located in the trendy East Village, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab knows how to carry out a theme and serve good food. Clearly a popular lunch destination, our “goreMet” burgers were tasty and made from fresh ingredients. The menu offers burgers such as the traditional “Zombie burger” and others like the “Dawn of the Dead.” Salads, or “soylent greens” round out the menu along with a variety of special milk shakes. Zombie Burger + Drink Lab is worth the trip!

High Trestle Trail Art Bridge Woodward to Madrid Iowa

The High Trestle Trail Art Bridge

This trail and bridge over the Des Moines River between Woodward and Madrid, Iowa, is no boring hike — day or night!

Be sure to bring a flashlight if you walk it at night; the bicyclists sharing the paved walkway will appreciate it! Built on a former railroad line, the High Trestle Trail and bridge stay true to this central Iowa region’s heritage of rail and mining.

Yes, there is mining in Iowa!

The square steel frames over the bridge are arranged just so to give the illusion of a mine shaft. Lit up in blue lights at night, walking under the framework makes you feel a part of the art.  It’s an entirely different kind of blue-light-special.

This trail is definitely worth the trip!

Be sure you catch the end of the video — is that a train we hear, coming down the tracks?

Law Library in Iowa State Capitol Building

The Law Library at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Governor is Terry Branstad.

Cruise Night at Ireton Iowa Streetrods Classics and Hotrods

Drive in cruise night at Ireton, Iowa streetrods classics and hotrods

Lock & Dam #12 at Bellevue Iowa on the Mississippi River

We watched an Ingram Barge Company tugboat pushing 12 barges into the #12 lock and dam on the Mississippi River at Bellevue, Iowa.

The Flying Wienie in Cedar Rapids Iowa

The Flying Wienie in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

On a recent Y’dstoti adventure, we checked out a hot dog joint called “The Flying Wienie” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was easy to find, plus the yellow airplane on the roof did make it pretty visible a couple of blocks away.

We love finding a fun place to eat, especially when they know how to carry out a theme — and don’t take themselves too seriously. Plus have good food. The Flying Wienie did a pretty good job of filling that bill.

The Flying Wienie is a repurposed old gas station. Yes, the decor is a bit campy but that’s part of the fun. You can eat inside or outside. It was a gorgeous March day so we enjoyed sitting outside.

I had the Chicago dog and Roy had the chili dog. Both came with fries. Actually, everything comes with fries!

There was a picture on the wall showing the restaurant at the time of the 2008 Cedar River flood. It was good to see that they survived and appear to be thriving.