Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Hamburg Inn (Iowa City, IA)
The Hamburg Inn started in the 1930s and is allegedly the oldest family-owned restaurant in Iowa. It is situated in the University of Iowa area. The inside is quaint and old-fashioned, although one thing stands out: the endless pictures of famous people who have dined at the Hamburg Inn (including various presidents) and off stories about the establishment. Clearly, you are at a place of considerable repute here.
As I was not very hungry, I only had a small order: a bison burger with fries ($7.99). The burger came with mustard, onion, pickles and ketchup; I deluxed it with lettuce and tomato for $.40 (which is fairly ridiculous). The bison burger itself was thick and tasty. The crinkle fries were thick but tasted a bit old and lukewarm. The authentic setting was somewhat undermined by the arti-studenti waiters and the loud music blasting from the kitchen.
The Hamburg Inn provides undoubtedly the best in Iowa City. I do not understand, however, why the place would be hyped outside of the city. Their burgers are good, but not outstanding.