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Dittos Stanwood, Iowa

Ditto’s is one of those wonderful restaurants that you find in almost every small town.  Especially in Iowa. You can order a skillet breakfast any time of the day, have a porkchop home style lunch complete with mashed potatoes, and supper of liver and onions with a hand dipped milk shake and finish off with a huge slice of homemade pies (if you’re lucky enough to get one before they’re gone.)

Brighton and I and occasionally Andrew, can be found on a lazy Sunday morning having breakfast.  We occasionally go there for lunch or dinner and scoop up their huge nummy tenderloin.

Service is usually pretty good, they’re often busy and so it may take a while to get your first cup of coffee, but besides that, you won’t wait long.  The owner can often be found in the kitchen in the morning and early afternoons.  Speaking of coffee, they serve Farmers Brothers coffee, which is usually served at these kinds of little diners.

Dittos is located on Highway 30 on your way out of Stanwood or on your way into Stanwood – depending on which way you’re coming – or going.  Stanwood is on the north side of Hwy 30.  You can’t really miss it.   And you shouldn’t.

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Zoey’s Pizza Marion, Iowa

Chicago Style Zoeys Pizza

Chicago Style Zoey's Pizza

Zoey’s Pizza

Marion, Iowa

August 2, 2008

I am happy for the first post in my food blog to be from Zoey’s Pizza in Marion Iowa.  Zoey’s has been around for a long time and they are famous for their Chicago Style Pizza.  They opened their doors in 1991 and have been serving up great pizza ever since.  One of the best things about Zoey’s (aside from their pizza) is their location.  They are right on the “strip” in Marion and in a quaint building decorated with eclectic and retro wallpaper, pictures, and memorabilia that fits in with the antique shops and historical sites surrounding it.

Staff was well dressed, clean, fast and friendly.  Immediately bringing my 3 year old son crayons and a picture to color.   The restaurant is clean and inviting.  Menus are easy to read and simple though the options are great.  If you arrive after 5:30 or so, especially on the weekend, expect to wait at least 10-20 minutes.  The wait can be tedious because there is only a small area inside to stand in and no sheltered area outside.  The prices vary with Chicago style being the most expensive overall, but you will NOT leave hungry and can easily make 3 or more meals out of a large Chicago Style pizza.  Please visit their website to see the menu.

Garlic Cheese Bread from Zoeys Pizzaria

Garlic Cheese Bread from Zoey's Pizzaria