DES MOINES, IOWA — Travelers love to eat where the locals eat. The Iowa Tourism Office is making it easier for visitors to find those restaurants with the launch of “99 Counties, 99 Restaurants.”
The list includes one restaurant from every county and covers a wide range of dining options and specialty dishes. Travelers will find best burgers in Fairfield, top tenderloins in Prairie City, super steaks in Mason City, farm-to-table in Orient, fine dining in Cedar Rapids, cultural cuisines in Elkader, eclectic eats in Des Moines, comfort food in Balltown and so much more.

“Food is synonymous with travel. Not only do people travel for the specific purpose of sampling unique, local cuisine, but when people travel for any reason, they’re also interested in authentic dining experiences,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “Iowa’s diverse ethnic communities, range of small towns and urban centers, and a strong agricultural industry combine to make our state home to some of the most interesting and memorable breakfast, lunch and dinner opportunities in the nation.”

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People can browse the list by travel area at or download the full list as a PDF. Travelers are encouraged to take photos at the restaurants and share using #ThisIsIowa or #99restaurants.

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $8.23 billion in expenditures and $502 million in state taxes, plus employs 69,500 people statewide. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

For more information, visit, call 800.345.IOWA, or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center. Travelers can find additional travel inspiration on the Iowa Tourism Office blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest boards, Instagram account, or YouTube channel.

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