The Best Small Town Restaurant in the State of Iowa
Last year, I had a New Year's resolution to try a new restaurant every month for the entire year. Although I was successful, there were a lot of restaurants suggested to me that I, unfortunately, didn't get the chance to try. One of the restaurants I missed out on is located in the town of Ladora, Iowa, and it was named the best small town restaurant in the whole state!
With a population of 281 people, Ladora doesn't get a lot of attention, but the Ladora Bank Bistro is another story. According to Thrillist, the restaurant is the best small town eatery in our state. The article reads:
"Yes, "located inside a hundred-year-old small-town Iowa bank" sounds like Stefan moved to the Midwest and started doing nightlife reviews, but The Ladora Bank Bistro is all too real, run by a husband and wife team who recently purchased the joint from the original owner, who fell in love with the building when he spotted it on a motorcycle trip. You'll find an eclectic shared plates menu featuring items like Boursin-stuffed, bacon-wrapped Medjool dates, crispy duck pot stickers, and fennel sausage en croute. You'll also find a wine list that is absolutely money. Get it?! Bank jokes! But seriously, this is not the kind of establishment you typically find in a town of fewer than 300 people. "
The bank was open from the spring of 1920 until 1931, and the building has since been used for many different things. It wasn't until the early 2000s that the Ladora Bank Bistro was born.
If you're interested in visiting the restaurant, it is located at 811 Pacific St. in Ladora. They're closed Monday through Wednesday and ask that you have no parties larger than six. You can make a reservation and view the menu HERE.