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Fun Facts About Iowa Food We Bet You Didn’t Know

Iowa’s official nickname is “The Hawkeye State,” but another nickname we are known by is “The Corn State” or sometimes the “Land Where the Tall Corn Grows.” We are also well-known for the many hogs that inhabit Iowa and, of course, one particular famous sandwich that’s a staple at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. These facts have inspired our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines to dig up a few fun facts about some of the tasty foods that Iowa helps to make great.


DID YOU KNOW that farming encompasses about 90% of the land in Iowa? It’s true! Many of those farms have helped to make Iowa the nation’s leading producer of corn and corn byproducts. Our unofficial state song is “The Corn Song,” which clearly states that “that’s where the tall corn grows!”

The Cheesy Corn & Ham, from our list of delicious homestyle side dishes, features this popular Iowa vegetable in the most incredible way. The flavor is intensified by adding cheese and ham, the latter of which happens to be the next item on our list.


The main ingredient in hog feed is corn, and since we have an abundance of that here in Iowa plus acres upon acres of farmland, it should come as no surprise that we are the country’s leading producer of hogs. We are responsible for raising just about 1/4 of the nation’s pigs. As a matter of fact, they outnumber the humans in Iowa nearly 4 to 1!

We have high regard for the pig here at our family restaurant in Des Moines because that glorious animal is the reason we are able to give you the most tender, flavorful, hickory-smoked Pulled Pork you’ve ever tasted! Not only is that one of our most popular foods to order on its own (on a plate or as a sandwich,) but we also use it as the main ingredient for many of our other irresistible menu items. You’ll also find hickory-smoked Bacon and slices of hickory-smoked Ham used often as an ingredient as well. Here are a few examples:

  • BBQ Pork Nachos
  • Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
  • The Wrangler Wrap 
  • Cowboy Cobb Salad (Yep, even on our salads!)
  • Wobbly Style Club Sandwich
  • Hillbilly Cuban


One extremely popular menu item that the glorious pig provides us with is an Iowa staple – the Pork Tenderloin! This traditional food is sure to be found on any good menu in Iowa. Even though Indiana claims to be where this delicious dish was created, the very special people here in Iowa have perfected it!

The very best pork tenderloin in Des Moines can be found right here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive. First, we start with a more-than-generous portion of meat. The next step is to tenderize it and hand-dip it in buttermilk, then bread it in our expertly seasoned flour and bread crumbs before frying it to a perfectly beautiful golden brown. It takes a huge appetite to tackle this big boy, but it tastes so good, you’ll end up finishing it without any trouble. (Although you may need a doggy bag to take it home!)


You know the old saying “That’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!” Well, the genius that decided to create the very first loaf-at-a-time bread-slicing machine came from Davenport, Iowa. Otto Frederick Rohwedder introduced his machine to the world in 1928. It was deemed “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped,” which eventually led to the well-known phrase, “the greatest thing since sliced bread.” Thanks to Otto, that already sliced bread lets us get your Wobbly Boots BBQ sandwiches out to the table a little bit quicker than if we had to slice every one ourselves!

Now that you know how very important our great state of Iowa is when it comes to producing these terrific foods, head on over to our Des Moines BBQ restaurant and order up a few of them. We’ve got a menu full of these plus many other taste-tempting meals for you 7 days a week at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse!

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