If you’ve ever lived in Iowa City, you’ve likely heard of the Hamburg Inn. It's Iowa City’s oldest family-owned eatery, located downtown on Linn Street in the heart of town. It’s a cozy spot where locals come to read the paper, chat, or just enjoy a great meal. And now, a second location has opened up on the city’s East Side on Rochester Avenue. The East Side is a rapidly expanding section of Iowa City and this new location provides increased convenience and accessibility for all those who enjoy a black coffee and some scrambled eggs to start their morning off right.
While the Hamburg Inn definitely has that classic diner feel to it, it is also a hotbed of political activity during election years. Political memorabilia adorn the walls of the downtown location and you’ll feel the gravity of the political personalities who have passed through this little slice of Americana. The roster of political heavyweights who have enjoyed a chance to chat with Iowans here includes Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton also stopped by this Hawkeye state gem with former Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley.
Iowa's proud identity as the first Caucus state runs deep here. The next time presidential politics roll around, don’t miss your chance to have your voice, or rather, bean-- heard. Stop at Hamburg to participate in the official Iowa Coffee Bean Caucus and Iowa Coffee Bean Ballot. Pick up your bean and throw it in the jar of your favored political powerhouse. Come back as the caucus or election nears to see which jar fills the fastest. It’s a great tradition that is known well beyond the reach of the Creative Corridor.
The Hamburg atmosphere is great, but the food is also a winner. My friend has enjoyed the heartiness of the sweet potato pancakes, and can you ever really go wrong with cinnamon roll French toast? If lunch or dinner is your preferred meal, you might want to select a classic like a Patty Melt, or go for something a little more adventurous like the Bison Burger. The veggie BLT offers a lighter option so that all can enjoy their favorites here.
For dessert, don’t forget to try a slice of the bourbon pecan pie. I’ve experienced this little slice of heaven and it’s delicious and satisfying. They also offer whole pies to go if ordered in advance. (You just might want to set one aside for your Christmas or holiday gathering this year!)
Between pancakes, politics, and Patty Melts, there are many reasons to make a stop at Hamburg Inn. Now with two locations, there’s really no reason not to.
Photo credit to Hamburg Inn.