On entering, I thought "what am I doing here" Upon leaving it was how can I get back here soonest..." It is the kind of place where the locals (both of 'em) talked to you and joked. Of course, when you're at a 12 person counter, it's sort of hard to ignore each other, especially when the owner is talking at the top of his lungs and doing magic. I had the grilled tenderloin first and it was fantastic. And then the owner said "well heck, you've got to try the other kind" and cooked me up a small taste. Which was so good I ordered another one, done that way... Definitely a worthwhile stop... My wife had the cyclops, which is the greatest idea for a pancake ever!
And on a different topic, the older buildings in downtown Mason City (circa 1890's???) are works of art.
Suzie Q diner in Mason City, IA is great. Cool owner who is also a magician who does card tricks etc. while cooking. A whole pile of fun and fantastic food. less than $8. Iowa is king of the pork tenderloin sandwiches... and Suzie Q is the queen.