On a recent trip to Iowa we passed the World’s Largest Truckstop known as Iowa 80. It was a site to see with all those semi-trucks parked, fueling and realizing that they weren’t even close to capacity. Immediately I figured, if I was a delicious burger where would I be? Well the World’s Largest Truckstop of course. We hit the Iowa 80 Cafe with high expectations and with all the trucker folks sitting at various tables having trucker talk I was anxious to eat what I though would be a deliciously amazing burger. The menu offered a variety of cleverly named burgers and the C.B. Burger was the burger of choice.
The service was typical diner style with a touch of personality, attitude and flirtation. As for the burger it was a pretty average burger with no special features or highlights. It was cooked closer to well than I typically enjoy so it was in need of the toppings. The toppings were all fresh but weren’t complementary of the overall burger so mostly felt like a fresh salad on top of a patty of beef. The cheese was fine but also didn’t flow with the overall burger so as much as I wanted this to be an amazing burger experience, Iowa 80 was more of a bust…from the burger side.
Now as for Iowa 80 as a truckstop, holy crap! It was amazing. Whenever you’re at a truck stop and see stairs that lead up to a dental practice while staring at ice cream, toiletries and a full semi-truck on display with all the bells and whistles a truck could ever have you can’t be anything but amazed. I can’t help but recommend stopping at Iowa 80 and taking it all in. Maybe just eat at the buffet and let the burgers sound good on paper:)
Iowa 80 Truckstop
755 W Iowa 80 Rd
I-80, Exit 284
Walcott IA 52773