Date: 4/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

Title: Top Ten named for Iowa’s Best Burger contest

The nominations for Iowa’s Best Burger shows that whether you live in a town of 800 people or a metropolitan area of over half a million people, great hamburgers are being served across the state.

Iowans submitted more than 9,600 nomination votes between Feb. 12 and March 17 that selected the 2014 Top Ten restaurants and their burgers.

In its fifth year, Iowa’s Best Burger contest received nominations for 456 Iowa restaurants. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association counted the nominations that came in via online, texting and paper ballots. Those getting the most nominations are (in alphabetical order):
Ankeny Diner, Ankeny
Big City Burgers & Greens, Des Moines
Brick City Grill, Ames
Elm’s Club, Creston
Ferg’s My Tighe’s, Grand Junction
First Street Grille, Keosauqua
Ride’s Bar & Grill, Fort Dodge
Sam’s Sodas and Sandwiches, Carroll
The Ritz, Arnold’s Park
Zombie Burger, Des Moines

Brick City Grill joined 163 other new restaurants at being nominated for the contest; and it’s the first year that Ames eatery, along with Ride’s Bar and Grill and Big City Burgers & Greens have made it to the Top 10.

“We’re really happy to promote Iowa restaurants who do a great job of serving beef,” said ICA President Ed Greiman of Garner. “We have a lot in common. Cattle producers and local restaurants are both small business owners who have a great passion for food – either producing it or preparing it. And, both local restaurants and farmers are important to the economic well-being of hundreds of communities around the state.”

“When we look at the Top 10, you’ll see a restaurant from Grand Junction, a community of 824 people in Greene County, to three nominations from the Des Moines metropolitan area,” said Roger Brummett, a Bedford cattle producer who is also chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council. “The nominations covered restaurants from more than 215 Iowa communities.”

Iowa’s Best Burger contest now moves to the next stage. All Top Ten restaurants will be visited by a secret panel of judges who will evaluate the hamburgers based on taste, appearance, and proper serving temperature (160 degrees). The Top Ten restaurants will also receive a certificate noting their achievement, which will be presented by their local county cattlemen’s association.

The winner of Iowa’s Best Burger contest will be announced May 1.