In 1978 we opened our first Machine Shed Restaurant on the outskirts of Davenport, Iowa. We had just 100 seats and we were all still pretty young and green, but we started with a powerful commitment. That was a five-word constitution: “Dedicated to the American Farmer.” That dedication meant that we worked hard to have a restaurant that wasn’t just ‘farm themed’ but would be something that farmers could be proud of.
Hickory Smoked Pork Ribs: A full slab of slow-roasted tender, meaty pork ribs. Basted and charbroiled.
Cattleman's Choice: Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin™ stuffed full with a homemade dressing of Swiss cheese, mushrooms, bread crumbs, garlic and spices. Topped with our award-winning Pioneer sauce.
Roasted Stuffed Iowa Chop: Thick center-cut roasted bone-in chop, stuffed with a warm apple raisin dressing and glazed with an apple whiskey sauce. A winner in the National Pork recipe contest.
Through the years, Machine Shed Restaurants have sprung up around the Midwest and have earned a bushel full of awards.
Winner of the Iowa Pork Cook Off
Tangy Tenderloin Winner of the Iowa Pork Cook Off
Roasted Stuffed Iowa Chop with Warm Apple Raisin Dressing
and Apple Whiskey Sauce Winner of the Iowa Pork Cook Off
and National Pork Recipe Contest
National Pork Restaurant of the Year – National Pork Producers Council
Beef Backer Award – Iowa Beef Industry Council
Golden Butter Knife – Scott County Dairy Association
Iowa Pork Restaurant of the Year – Iowa Pork Producers
Kansas Pork Restaurant of the Year – Kansas Pork Producers
Minnesota Pork Restaurant of the Year – Minnesota Pork Producers
Best Breakfast in America – Travel Channel’s Food Paradise
Top 50 Multi-Concept Growth Companies – Nation’s Restaurant News
T.O.M. Award – National Turkey Federation