when planning a trip revolves around the meals you eat, the beer your drink, and the sweets you crave.
Check out one of only 52 surviving “Valentine-style” diners in the United States, the Suzie-Q Café has been at home in Mason City since 1948. We highly recommend you try the Omwich breakfast sandwich or the Spic ‘N Span Tenderloin – rated second in the nation.
Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant
Authentic Mexican cuisine and delicious margaritas can be found here! Recently ranked “Readers Choice” by locals.
Birdsall’s Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream, since the 1930’s! The vintage ice cream parlor will remind you from days gone by. Try a local favorite – hot fudge sundae, or everyone’s favorite summertime treat – FRESH PEACH!
Enjoy the best ribs in Mason City! Hickory smoked loin back ribs, savory baked beans, cabbage salad, and fresh baked bread await!
Family-owned since 1920, the steakhouse is well known for their mouthwatering, Greek-style steak. If steak’s not your thing, order their roasted chicken, broiled shrimp, Canadian walleye or lamb chops. Recently named ‘Most Iconic Restaurant in the State of Iowa’, you don’t want to skip out on this stop.
Mason City Brewing
Since 2013, Mason City Brewing has been serving quality, small batch beer to the North Iowa Area. Each batch is brewed to high standards in their state of the art three barrel brewing system. Their menu changes often, so there’s always something new to try – we recommend the milk stout or the Strawberry Magic Cider Boy.
State Street Deli
State Street Deli offers a little taste of Chicago right here, in Mason City. Menu “creations” (named after streets in Chi-town) offer a variety of options. Traditional favorites include the Reuben, Ham & Swiss, Roast Beef, and Swiss & Pastrami.
Experience a cabin-like atmosphere while enjoying your made-to-order coffee, latte, espresso or a cold drink. If coffee isn’t your thing, try an Italian Soda, tea, hot chocolate, or a smoothie. OH, and don’t forget to grab a bite to eat – order one of their famous cinnamon rolls, a scone, or a butter biscotti.
Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar offers a variety of traditional and modern Thai cuisine. Recently listed by the Des Moines Register as one of the ‘New Restaurants to Try in Iowa’.
Best Italian food ever! Lasagna, manicotti, cannelloni, ziti, tortellini, pizza…it’s never ending! If you’re an indecisive foodie give the pasta combo or sampler a try.
Fat Hill Brewing
A 7-barrel craft brewery with sixteen taps, and a menu that changes frequently. The menu offers a variety of delicious beers, ciders and non-alcoholic drinks to choose from. A local favorite is the Rongorongo IPA.
Choose from fresh seafood, salads, pasta, steak, sandwiches and more all while dining at the best outdoor eatery in town.
Since 1955, Pastime Gardens has been the taco heaven of the Midwest! Indulge in an amazing, wholesome dining experience with homemade Mexican cuisine.
Experience fine dining in a historic landmark in Downtown Mason City- whether you’re looking for an intimate setting or casual dining you’ve stopped at the right place. Chef Kurt Nyfuard is sure to impress when serving up any meal on the menu. We recommend the Chicken Marsala or the Prime Rib Sandwich.