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Cecil’s Café

13 Iowa Ave. East, Marshalltown, IA - (641) 753-9796
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/27/2015 3:16:00 PM
Giant animals on top of restaurant roofs tend to be a beacon of good things to eat. If you are traveling along Highway 14 outside of Marshalltown, Iowa, and you see a large concrete chicken looming high above the pavement, prepare to stop and eat. The chicken is the emblem of Cecil’s Café, a favorite among truck drivers, local business folks, and members of the Marshalltown Kiwanis Club, who meet here every Wednesday night.

Cecil’s is quite literally a crossroads diner, where locals and travelers meet from five o’clock in the morning through supper time for simple meals that include breakfast of bacon and eggs and cinnamon rolls and lunch of deluxe hamburgers and hot beef sandwiches. At peak mealtime, the counter and booths will likely be crowded; and while morning customers tend to linger, the turnover is fast at lunch. At every meal, the coffee keeps flowing and spirits are high.

Other than breakfast, the meal we recommend is a tenderloin -- a pounded-thin patty of pork that is breaded and fried crisp and served on a bun. It is a big sandwich and a satisfying one; but it’s not at all uncommon to see the burly customers at Cecil’s Café enjoy them two by two.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Cecil's cinnamon roll, if not elegant, is big and sweet and goopy.
"Cecil's cinnamon roll, if not elegant, is big and sweet and goopy."
Michael Stern





Don't be fooled by the top hat on this bird. Cecil's is not by any means fancy. It is a friendly spot that has been welcoming locals and travelers for more than half a century.
"Don't be fooled by the top hat on this bird. Cecil's is not by any means fancy. It is a friendly spot that has been welcoming locals and travelers for more than half a century."
Michael Stern


The Farmer's Omelet includes sausage and cheese, plus a pocket of hash browns tucked inside.
"The Farmer's Omelet includes sausage and cheese, plus a pocket of hash browns tucked inside."
Cliff Strutz


The back wall is lined with impressive mounted fishing trophies.
"The back wall is lined with impressive mounted fishing trophies."
Cliff Strutz



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