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And Iowa’s Best Burger for 2018 Iowa’s Best Burger has been named at Café Beaudelaire in Ames. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) and the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) announced the winner Tuesday.
“We are excited to kick off May Beef Month by awarding Café Beaudelaire with the title of the Best Burger in Iowa,” says Brooke German, director of Marketing for IBIC. “The Brazilian-inspired restaurant serves a hand-pattied burger, and the judges noted that the taste and quality of the burger is outstanding and worth a drive to have it again.”
Café B, as it is called by locals in the area, is owned by Brazilian-born Claudio Gianello and his wife, Kellie, from Carroll. The restaurant is located in the heart of Iowa State University’s Campustown and serves food with a Latin flavor to Ames’ temporary student population and permanent residents.
“We are so excited and proud. For us as a restaurant, it shows that we have a great product and we love offering this to people,” said public relations manager Lexi Romitti, who is also a server at Café Beaudelaire and doing PR for the restaurant has been a semester-long class project. “We can’t wait for everyone to come in and try our burgers.”
With a Brazilian twist and unique ingredients, Café B comes up with flavorful combinations for its house-ground 100 percent Angus burgers, Romitti said. That includes toppings like avocado, a fried egg, chimichurri, chorizo, paprika and grilled peppers and onions. All burgers are served with Brazilian-style seasoned wedge fries with a side of mayo.
The restaurant has been in business for 28 years, and over that time, Gianello has tried several different renditions of his now-famous burger. He settled on a simple combination of salt, pepper and oregano on a hand-made patty of certified Angus beef.
More than 10,000 nominations were received from the public over six weeks. The votes were counted and the 10 most popular burger joints advanced to the contest’s final round.
The list, in alphabetical order:
A secret panel of judges from the Iowa Beef Council traveled around the state tasting burgers from each restaurant to determine which one is Iowa’s best.
May is Beef Month in Iowa. On March 15, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the annual proclamation to recognize the importance of Iowa’s beef industry to our state’s economy.
For a burger to qualify, it had to be made of 100 percent beef. Other ingredients such as spices and vegetables could be added, but it had to be an all-beef patty — or patties — served on a bun or other bread product. Condiments were allowed and the burger had to be cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees.
This is the eighth year of the contest. Last year, Smokin’ Hereford BBQ in Storm Lake won for its 100 percent Hereford beef burgers sourced from Coon River Farms in Nemaha, topped with a choice of cheese and served with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion, a choice of side and cornbread.
Previous Best Burger in Iowa winners:
- 2017: Smokin’ Hereford BBQ in Storm Lake.
- 2016: The Chuckwagon Restaurant in Adair.
- 2015: The Cider House in Fairfield.
- 2014: Brick City Grill in Ames.
- 2013: 61 Chop House Grille in Mediapolis.
- 2012: Coon Bowl III in Coon Rapids.
- 2011: Rusty Duck in Dexter.
- 2010: Sac County Cattle Company in Sac City.
Location: 2504 Lincoln Way, Ames
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Contact: (515) 292-7429 ; cafebeaudelaire.com; Facebook
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