Are you looking for a selection of the best places to eat in Sioux City, Iowa? Below we’ve featured 10 of them.
1. Rinea’s Kitchen
First up on our list of the best eats in Sioux City is Rinea’s Kitchen. It’s a relatively hidden and out-of-the-way stop, but once you taste the BBQ from Rinea’s, you can’t forget it. The staff at Rinea’s are known for outgoing and friendly exuberance, and the food is incredible. Rinea’s Kitchen is open from 3-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, from 1-2 a.m. on Fridays, and is closed on Saturdays.
The meals offered at Rinea’s are simple, yes, but each plate is cooked with love. It’s classic southern BBQ at its best, comprising of the juiciest chicken you’ll ever taste, luxurious mac n’ cheese, and loads of tender, falling-off-the-bone pork and beef. In short, Rinea’s is an excellent stop for BBQ maniacs in Sioux City.
Swing by Rinea’s Kitchen’s Facebook page for more information.
2. Ayshah’s Restaurant & Cafe
Ayshah’s Restaurant & Cafe is another standout on this list. While many Iowans may not be familiar with East African food, those who haven’t experienced Ayshah’s are missing out. They offer unique and incredibly fresh food in a quiet, relaxed, and casual environment. Ayshah’s is open from 12-10 p.m. Tuesday-sunday and closed on Mondays.
The menu at Ayshah’s is more likely than not something rather alien to most first-time diners – embrace that. The meals consist of various beef and chicken dishes made with spicy stews and sauces, with most accompanied by either rice or Injera, an incredibly unique Ethiopian flatbread with a texture like no other.
Swing by Ayshah’s Restaurant & Cafe’s Facebook page for more information.
3. Hdmona Bar and Restaurant
Surprisingly, Hdmona Bar and Restaurant is another East African restaurant specializing in Ethiopian food. While Ethiopian cuisine is still relatively new to the Midwest, Hdmona has highlighted its ability to bring community to just about any table on the planet. Hdmona is open from 11-10 p.m. seven days a week.
The menu at Hdmona Bar and Restaurant is similar but, crucially, different from that at Ayshah’s. While they both offer the same base meals consisting of stews, sauces, and meat with rice and Injera, Hdmona focuses on the community aspect of Ethiopian food, serving large “family” plates intended to be shared.
Go to Hdmona Bar and Restaurant’s Facebook page to reach out.
4. Shahi Palace – India Grill
Shahi Palace is one of the few Indian joints in Sioux City. Created in 2011, Shahi has grown into a place for a sense of community to prosper, meals to be enjoyed, and new flavors explored. Shahi Palace is open from 4:30-9:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and from 11-9:15 Friday-Sunday, closing fifteen minutes later on Saturdays.
The dinner menu at Shahi Palace India Grill consists of multiple Indian favorites, with several welcome surprises. Classics like samosas and pakoras accompany several painstakingly crafted soups and sides – with all meat prepared in Halal tradition. And for the main course, diners will find countless curries and rice dishes along with a hefty vegetarian menu.
Head to Shahi Palace’s Facebook page to get in touch.
5. The Diving Elk
The Diving Elk is a longstanding Sioux City staple. They’re named after “The Famous Diving Elks,” a group of (allegedly) dive-capable elk that would perform a circus routine in the area. While this may or may not be true, the spirit of entertainment is alive and well in The Diving Elk. They’re open from 4-11 Tuesday-Thursday, from 4-12 a.m. Friday-Saturday, and closed Sunday-Monday.
The Diving Elk is a gastropub, through and through. They offer countless (well, technically 18) local beers on tap alongside some greasy, tasty eats. You’ll find classic bar snacks for sharing, top-notch entrees for vegetarians and carnivores alike, and several super tasty sandwiches and salads.
Go to The Diving Elk’s Facebook page for more information.
6. Marto Brewing Company
The Marto Brewing Company is a beloved household name in Sioux City. They’ve developed a reputation for making some of the best brews around and recently have done the same for their food! Marto Brewing is your stop if you want hearty meals alongside top-notch beer. The Marto Brewing Company is open from 3-9 p.m. on Monday, 11:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30-10 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10-8 p.m. on Sundays.
The menu at Martom Brewing Company is catered to the beer lover, first and foremost. Each meal accompanies refreshing brews with ease. Whether you’re seeking housemade pretzels, Neapolitan-style pizza, or just a simple salad, Marto Brewing has you covered. Their menu changes consistently depending on the chefs’ moods, so be sure to check it out from time to time.
Go to the Marto Brewing Company’s Facebook page to reach out.
7. Miles Inn
The Miles Inn is a reminder of what makes Iowa great – good food, cheap drinks, and time spent with the boys. While Miles Inn isn’t fine dining, they’re an excellent and casual stop to enjoy a drink, watch the game, or have a snack (if not all three). Miles Inn is open from 11-12 a.m. Monday-Thursday, from 10-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11-7 p.m. on Sundays.
The Miles Inn menu is exactly what you’d expect from a casual sports bar. Burgers, sandwiches, and fried potatoes in multiple forms are the standard fare here, alongside classic drunk snacks like nachos. And on Sundays, Miles Inn offers a relaxed brunch for those who want to go out but don’t want the pressure of a “fancy” all-day brunch.
Go to Miles Inn’s Facebook page for more information.
8. Johnie Mars Family Restauraunt
Johnie Mars Family Restaurant is an incredibly simple all-American diner. And by that, I mean they serve classic American eats alongside Greek and Mediterranean favorites. This allows Johnie Mars to embrace their family-style roots and create a welcoming, no-pressure stop for family breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Johnie Mars is open from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and closed on Mondays.
You’ll find classic American diner eats at Johnie Mars. All of the usual suspects of eggs, bacon, pancakes, and waffles are decidedly present, though they offer much more than breakfast. You’ll find sandwiches and burgers alongside gyros and kebabs for dinner, though breakfast is an all-day affair, so feel no need to be forced into avoiding breakfast for dinner.
Swing by Johnie Mars Family Restaurant’s Facebook Page to get in touch.
9. Greek to Me!
Greek to Me is a small Iowan chain with big dreams. What started as a simple Greek eatery quickly became a multi-location family-owned operation with plans for a food truck in the works! Greek to Me has earned a reputation for serving fresh, delicious eats in a cozy, safe environment and is open from 11-9 p.m. seven days a week.
The menu at Greek to Me is a no-frills affair. Simple Greek eats like kebabs and gyros are the mainstay, though they also offer a few familiar American favorites. From fries and burgers to salads and fresh Greek pita, there’s really no reason to avoid Greek to Me. They’ve created a friendly and diverse location in Sioux City – so swing on by!
Head to Greek to Me’s contact page for more information.
10. Sneaky’s Chicken
And last on this list is Sneaky’s Chicken. Founded in 1979 by brothers Dave and Rick Ferris, Sneaky’s Chicken has earned a name as some of the crispiest, tastiest chicken in the Midwest – and for good reason. Add in their homely sports bar environment, and it feels like coming home when entering. Sneaky’s Chicken is open from 11-9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and from 11-2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday.
I think you know what Sneaky’s Chicken serves, but in case you don’t – they serve chicken. From spicy wings and chicken strip baskets to nachos, nuggets, gizzards, and sandwiches, Sneaky’s has truly discovered every possible way to cook a chicken to perfection. They offer a couple of burgers and shrimp meals, though most of the menu centers around (you guessed it) deep-fried poultry.
Head to Sneaky’s Chicken’s Facebook page to get in touch.