When deprived of flavorful sustenance, the mouth will often retaliate by shouting your bank-account number at sporting events or turning every sentence into a high-pitched jingle. Tame an unruly tongue with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American comfort fare and drinks at The IowaStater Restaurant, located in the Gateway Hotel in Ames.
The chefs at The IowaStater Restaurant nourish hunger beasts with breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that burst with classic comfort fare garnished with a contemporary twist. Quiet rumbling tummies with a host of delectable daybreak eats, including caramel-pecan french toast dipped in a luxuriant crème-brûlée bath ($8.00). For lunch, juicy barbecued pork takes a siesta inside a blue-corn-tortilla sleeping bag, with plump pillows of gouda cheese and a colorful red-cabbage-coleslaw campfire ($5.50), bright enough to warrant an optional side of SPF-45. Hearty dinner plates, such as the grilled flatiron steak ($20) or the Iowa Chop, piled with apple-brandy chutney ($17.25), give fork-and-knife olympians a chance to perfect synchronized-slicing routines. An extensive libation list overflows with deliquescent meal mates, including original martinis, mixed drinks, and imported, domestic, and local beers ($3.95–$8.25).
2100 Green Hills Dr.
Ames, Iowa 50014