There's not much to Beebeetown these days. It's technically an unincorporated community in Harrison County in southwest Iowa.
It's not far off the well traveled I-80 and I-680 and you can get there from Council Bluffs or Omaha in just about a half hour, depending on traffic.
Other than being home to arguably one of Iowa's best restaurants, Beebeetown (which technically has a Logan address since it's unincorporated) is home to a few houses, a vacant retail building, and, of course, plenty of nearby farms.
I'm not sure what kind of business Uncle Mike's was, but the building is largely boarded up. I'm not sure if the area could support a convenience store or "general store" of sorts, but there is some good traffic that passes through the town, given the restaurant, the proximity to the Interstate, and the county highway that passes through.
Behind the restaurant is a large area that is utilized for outdoor entertainment. I'm sure that's been hampered by COVID-19 (like everything else!), but hopefully there will be a time in the future when that space can be hoppin' again.
There's even a permanent stage.
Out the gate and across the road is a whole area that is utilized for event parking.
I got a nice chuckle out of this pump on top of the fence post.
There is a sizable quantity of outdoor and patio seating at the front and also on the side of the restaurant. There seems to be no shortage of indoor seating either, but it's ideal to have that amount of outdoor seating to accommodate patrons during warmer weather and now...with social distancing.
There's plenty of parking out front and at the time of my stop, there was a large contingent of motorcyclists rolling up. From what I've been told, this place is quite popular with motorcycle riders.
The entrance to the restaurant includes a large American flag and a memorial to a Vietnam Veteran who was killed in action.
It's hard to argue with a place that invites you to seat yourself AND offers you a free piece of candy upon entering.
They also a display of some of their awards and ribbon. After you taste the food, you can see that they are certainly warranted.
There's ample seating inside, including a full bar.
There's also plenty of tables for seating in a couple of different dining rooms.
How would I describe the interior decorating scheme? How about "Industrial and rustic with western and patriotic accents"? The attractive and industrial-feeling metal ceilings paired with the paneled walls and wood floors given it both an industrial and rustic vibe.
The walls are adorned with no shortage of western prints, animal heads, American flags, memorabilia, and more. It's a love of country, cattle, and cowboys....but also pretty eclectic.
Of course, there's no shortage of beer insignia and televisions too.
The menu is quite extensive and what you would expect from a high quality non-chain steakhouse / roadhouse in rural Iowa.
Year after year, this particular restaurant is in the running to win the Iowa Beef Council and Iowa Cattlemen's Association Best Burger contest. I was tempted to do something more substantial like a steak but decided to just go with a burger because that's what is getting them the regular notoriety. I tried the BBTown White Gold burger and got it with a baked potato. It was outstanding. I'm sorry I failed to get the after picture, but it would have just been an empty tray.
If you are just looking to pop in for a drink at their bar, they have a full bar and also a solid selection of beer on tap.
I'm not sure if COVID-19 has altered their hours, but the sign on the door indicates they are open 7 days a week. It would probably be best to check out their Facebook page or their website to get the latest information. I also believe they offer regular specials. I'm sure those pages are also a good place to look for updates on possible live events, once it makes sense to have those again. They do offer carryout dining options if you do not feel comfortable eating in a restaurant. I'm know they'd be happy to have it ready for you to take out and enjoy at home or somewhere on a nice picnic table outside.
This particular restaurant once again proves that you don't have to be in a large city or even a small or medium size city just to have a successful restaurant. If you do things right and serve delicious food, people will travel to anywhere (even an unincorporated area) for something memorable. For years, I heard many positive accolades about this restaurant and I'm glad I could finally swing on through to check it out. I'm already looking forward to my next visit where maybe I'll dig on into a steak...and who knows...perhaps catch a live band in the backyard, too.
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