Best Places to Grab a Bite in Oskaloosa, IA
When you think of great eats, your brain might not first think of Oskaloosa, Iowa. But it’s a well-kept secret that this town holds some awesome local eateries (including the best burger in Iowa).
Whatever your reason for dining in Oskaloosa, you’ll find your taste buddies pleasantly surprised at any of these locally-owned cafés and restaurants.
Wood Iron Grille
If tasting the best burger in Iowa sounds like something you’d be into, head on over to the Wood Iron Grille. This brand new restaurant — located right next to the Oskaloosa Golf Course — was opened last fall by head chef Michael Glesener and Matthew Gunn, and was quickly awarded “2019 Iowa’s Best Burger” by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. The menu features their Wood Iron Original — a 6 ounce, hand-pattied burger topped with applewood smoked bacon, onion jalapeno jam, and smoked cheddar cheese. Other featured burgers include the Cajun Black and Blue Burger and the ‘Merica Burger. It may be bold to order anything but a burger from here, but if it’s just not fitting your vibe, they also have a great selection of flatbreads, pastas, and meat entrées. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. every day, but they also serve a terrific Sunday brunch. Check out their full menu here.
Smoky Row is the popular coffee shop located in the Historic Square district of Oskaloosa. Not only will you be met with a charming environment and friendly people, but the large menu will satiate your hunger and thirst at any time of the day. Take your pick from an assortment of coffee and espresso drinks; ice cream, shakes, and sundaes; salads, bagels, and wraps; burgers and paninis; or all-day breakfast and pastry items. Open seven days a week (including until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), make sure to check out this local treasure. Visit their website here.
If you want to venture off-path and experience a hidden gem, grab some lunch at Hunter’s. This local secret is just off of the Historic Square and requires some “hunting” for the café toward the back of the building. Hunter’s serves delicious homemade quiches and sandwiches, and is open for lunch seven days a week.
This is another great lunch joint to satisfy all your meat cravings. The menu features an assortment of smoked meats and barbecue, and also caters for large events. Their specials are always rotating, so be sure to check their Facebook page for menu updates. When you feel like you could eat a horse, this is the place to go. They are open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.—2 p.m.
Try any of these locally-owned favorites, and you will definitely not be disappointed. Of course, the town has its fill of chain restaurants that provide convenient and familiar options. But if you really want to expand your cuisine horizons, these are just a few of the quaint restaurants to do so in Oskaloosa.