Once again the good folks at the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association have released their annual list of the "Best 10 Burgers in Iowa." Once again, ZERO burgers from the Iowa Quad Cities made the list.
This isn't the first year the Iowa Quad Cities have been slighted by this list. No one from our area made Top Ten List in 2017 either. A review of their Top 10 lists since 2010 shows zero burgers from Scott County on the list. The closest we've ever come to making this list is a 45 minute drive to PerXactly Bar & Grill in Maquoketa (2012 and 2016). How is this possible?
According to the 2018 Best Burger Contest results, you'd have to drive to Cedar Rapids to enjoy a Top 10 Burger. This can't be right, can it? We asked you this morning for burger suggestions in the Iowa Quad Cities and the suggestions we got made our mouths water:
- Boozies (Home of the Boozie Burger. You can't tell me they people at the Iowa Beef Council tried a Boozie Burger and thought there are 10 better burgers in the state. That's not possible.)
- Sippi's on 2nd Street in Davenport (got a RAVE review from another listener who lives in Illinois but regularly crosses the river to get a burger at Sippi's. I know they've got a great craft beer selection but I've never eaten there. A quick glance at their burgers online tells me this needs to be corrected and SOON)
- Hy-Vee Market Grill on 53rd Street in Davenport (John swears it the best burger he's ever had)
- Hunter's Sports Bar in Low Moor (Caller comes from the Illinois side all the way to Low Moor via motorcycle. That's an endorsement!)
- Harrington's Restaurant in Keokuk (admittedly not in the Quad Cities but we're told to ask for the Dody Burger)
- Me & Billy in Downtown Davenport (Franny Burger is topped with Cheese Curds and their house cheese sauce! I'm not crying. YOU'RE CRYING!)
- Central Standard (Rumor has it they're opening another location in Des Moines. Wonder if that makes a difference for the 2019 Top 10 List)
Dan thinks the problem is we have too many good burgers and they might be cancelling each other out in the online voting. That makes sense. I imagine they don't have this issue in Logan, Clarinda and Ottumwa. Of course, he also maintains the best burger ever was the Wine Burger at Al's Lounge on River Drive in Davenport. A caller referred to that establishment's last day as "The Day The Burger Died."
We could've taken calls all morning long with burger suggestions here in the Iowa Quad Cities. Maybe next year we all agree on ONE local burger and work together on getting this area the recognition it deserves.