A recent social media post has gone viral in Iowa, sparking a statewide debate on the best "hidden gem" restaurants in the Hawkeye State.

Iowa Chill mentioned several eateries that fly under the radar. So much so, that many lifelong Iowans have never even heard of them.

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The 7 Best Hidden Gem Restaurants in Iowa

Story Sources: Iowa Chill Website, Iowa Chill Facebook

Detour Dining: Off-the-Beaten-Path Restaurants You Must Try in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa

Beyond the well-traveled tourist paths, there’s a whole different world of food exploration throughout South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. From tiny restaurants in historic towns serving up generations-old recipes to small town dive bars that not only have cheap, cold beer, but unique and unexpected homemade dishes.

We’ve created an exploration of off-the-beaten path restaurants nestled in the charming landscapes of the tri-state area. Take a detour from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary flavors as you travel the roads not-so-often traveled. 

Gallery Credit: Karla Brown / Townsquare Media

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