From the Des Moines Register:
It’s official; the best hamburger in Iowa makes its home at the Sac County Cattle Company, which has won the 2010 Best Burger in Iowa award by the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Owner Doug Krutchen’s burger is 100 percent ground beef patty loaded with sauteed mushrooms and topped with melted Swiss cheese on a toasted bun.
The Sac County Cattle Company actually is a steakhouse that also offers fish, pizza and sandwiches.
“We take a lot of pride in our work,” Krutchen said.
Krutchen is vertically integrated, also raising purebred Charolais in Iowa and Missouri.
Sac County Cattle Company isn’t open for lunch, but serves dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The Beef Industry Council’s contest patterns itself after the Iowa Pork Producers Best Tenderloin contest and is aimed at helping to stimulate what has been occasionally flagging demand for beef.
Right now though, demand for beef is strong. On the Chicago Board of Trade Monday, live cattle futures were up $1.25 per hundredweight, crossing $96. That is up from around $80 per hundredweight last November.
A three-person Beef Industry Council judging team traveled the state to sample nominated burgers. The other four restaurants in the contest’s top five were The Farmers Kitchen in Atlantic, known for their Cy-Hawk Burger; Beck’s sports Brewers in Waterloo for their Jack Daniel’s Burger; The Grinnell Steakhouse for their Steakhouse Burger and Rube’s Steakhouse in Montour for The Rube’s Burger.
Beef Industry Council spokesman Brian Waddingham said the group received more than 900 nominations.
This is a map of theTop 10 Burgers in Iowa: http://iabeef.org/Content/bestburger.aspx
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