Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of American fare at Steamboat Gardens in Waterloo.
Steamboat Gardens has been feeding hungry sailors since 1933, its nautically themed dining galley equipped with a hearty menu of mouth-watering burgers and juicy steaks. Dive for a quarter-pound Steamboat hamburger, whose buns contain a bounty of fresh veggies and your choice of toppings ($2.75), or restore order to vacant stomachs with the Delta Queen chicken-breast sandwich, its regal protein arriving either fried or grilled before being crowned with sautéed mushrooms, peppers, onions, and cheese and carried in on the shoulders of burly court jesters ($5.25). The scrumptious western omelette sidekicks hash browns and toast for a wholesome morning pick-me-up ($9.95), and the diamond-cut cod ($8.25) doubles as an engagement ring for romancing dolphins.
Nominated for Best Family Restaurant on CityVoter's 2011 A-List, Steamboat Garden has been serving up affordable family food since 1933. Today, guests at the boat-shaped restaurant can peer through its bright red portholes to watch as the friendly staff fills tables with steaks and seafood, breaded pork loin sandwiches known as Tug Boats, and seven incarnations of a signature hamburger that has been a Falls Avenue favorite since the 1940s. Between bites, diners sip old-fashioned floats made with 1919 draft root beer and then send instant photos of their empty plates to mom by accessing the restaurant's WiFi with a laptop or aluminum foil helmet.
1740 Falls Ave.
Waterloo, Iowa 50701