Marshalltown Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Marshalltown

April 14, 2018 Tonie Szymanski

Marshalltown is a city in, and the county seat of, Marshall County, Iowa, United States. The population was 27,552 in the 2010 census, compared to 26,009 in 2000.

1. Taylor's Maid-Rite

106 S 3rd Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158-2913 Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 641-753-9684
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Taylor's Maid-Rite

Reviewed By Orthocincy

I will say that was one of the more unique dining experiences I've had. Old style diner, U-shaped counter, menu on the boards over the counter.

Extremely limited menu, the burger is well described in all the reviews, a "loose meat" burger. Basically taco meat without the spices. Very tasty, especially when mixed with some ketchup. No fries, chips are available.

The absolute excellent combination with a malt though can't be understated. I got what was easily the best cherry malt I've ever had, and my daughter and joy to her chocolate malt as well. Again, went very well with the "burger"

The wait staff was very friendly and we had very quick service. At 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, the bar was open. Very quick service.

Neighborhood a little rough.

2. Dairy Queen

711 N 3rd Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158-1828 +1 641-752-2712
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By rick m - Des Moines, Iowa

I love Dairy Queens.They are ALWAYS...almost...clean. This was clean as hell.People were awesome nice.Food was as good as it gets in a Dairy Queen!Get the fried mushrooms!Damn I love those things!

3. Zenos Pizza

109-111 East Main Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158 Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Parking Available Pizza Dinner, Drinks, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 52 +1 641-752-1245
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Zenos Pizza

Marshalltown's made-from-scratch pizza since 1952

Reviewed By doallhandyman1960 - Marshalltown, Iowa

great place to eat and meet old friends I try to eat there 2 or three times a year . pizza is a little pricey but I have never had a bad one .

4. Tremont On Main

22 W Main St, 24 W Main St. and 26 W Main St, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4941 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 641-752-1234
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Tremont On Main

Tremont On Main is a fine dining restaurant. Tremont Grille is a Breakfast and Lunch Restaurant. Tremont Inn is a boutique inn with 12 suites. They are located in the same building. The restaurants are side by side and the Inn is upstairs above them.

Reviewed By 1984TM - Plover, Wisconsin

Enjoyed a nice dinner, however the service was very slow. Drinks took over 15 minutes to be delivered and the dinner itself took very long after that. The food quality was good. We had stuffed mushroom appetizer, which were tasty. I had the lobster bisque and bacon wrapped scallops - both were very good. Overall kind of expensive.

5. Smokin' G's BBQ Restaurant

25 W Main St, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4942 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 641-753-4147
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Smokin' G's BBQ Restaurant

Reviewed By Kathy C

Our family was in Marshalltown for a wedding from Belle Chasse, LA, Pensacola, FL, and local cities to Marshalltown. We enjoyed a family meal with 2 fidgety children. The staff was cooperative and understanding when the children cried (hey that means a lot!!). We all enjoyed our favorites and tried some new things too. The portion size was generous and we took some back to the hotel for a midnight snack! Recommend this place for a large family--we had 13!

6. Sub City

8 E Main St, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4903 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 641-752-1375
Excellent
83%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Sub City

Reviewed By Diana P - Bountiful, Utah

My husband always has to go to Sub City whenever we visit Marshalltown. They have the best bread for their subs and they pile a lot of meat on your sandwich. The staff is friendly and I love the atmosphere. It's like I've stepped back in time. It's not just another chain business.

7. Culver's

Iowa av, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4780 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 16 +1 641-753-9525
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Culver's

Reviewed By AmanaSH - Amana, Iowa

I was driving home and stopped at Marshalltown Culver's. As I was going in they walked by me with shrimp dinner. I have never had it before and gave it a try. VERY IMPRESSIVE.. Will have it again.

8. MAMA DiGrado's Pasta & Pizza

2500 S Center St, Marshalltown Mall, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4564 Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 641-752-7499
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

MAMA DiGrado's Pasta & Pizza

Welcome Friends, Since November 7th, 1988, when DiGrado Food Products, Inc. was started by my wife Kim and I, people all over the world have been able to taste the special Sicilian style marinara sauce that my Great Grandmother Pauline Licatesi’s family have been enjoying for generations. My Great Grandmother brought the recipes with her in the early 1900’s when she came to America from Sicily, Italy. The Sicilian family marinara sauce has a uniquely different flavor than anything that is available in the area or perhaps anywhere (but Sicily of course). People of all ages enjoy the flavors of our authentic Sicilian family recipes. My mother said that my Grandmother, Anna Maria Licatesi DeGrado, added sugar to sweeten the sauce, but my mother liked my Great Grandmother Pauline Licatesi’s sauce better without sugar—so my mother learned to make my Great Grandmother’s sauce. My mother, Frances DeGrado Hilsabeck, (the “I” in DeGrado was changed to an “e” when our family moved to America) gave the recipes to me when I started showing an interest in cooking and the restaurant business as a teenager. Since 1974, Kim and I have over 50 years of restaurant experience at different capacities combined. We have owned and operated MAMA DiGrado’s PASTA & PIZZA™ for over 8 years with the help of our staff currently and others in the past. Our staff shows a sense of pride and great work ethic here, and are involved in school activities, sports, dance, music, continued education, and giving back to the community. Many of our staff stay with us from 14 until they move on to college or other venues. We donate to many events, fundraisers, organizations, schools, sports, and church groups in Marshalltown and the surrounding communities. Kim and I started our restaurant venture together on July 12th, 2006 in a strip Mall that seated 45 people, then on February 1st, 2008 we moved to a location that had seating for 99 people and had an opportunity to move to our current location May 1st, 2011 with seating available for at least 145 people and we may open a private party room in the future. The photos on the walls are those of family members and friends, some dating back to the early 1900’s—the photos were taken in the USA and Sicily, Italy. My mother, Frances DeGrado Hilsabeck had most of the photos stored in her cedar hope chest, and I always thought that the photos would be nice to have as decor for an authentic Italian restaurant. John Stalzer and the staff at Stalzer’s Photography have done a superior job enlarging the photos and making them as clear as possible. We feature build your own pastas since everyone enjoys different flavor combinations. We use the best spices, cheeses, sliced meats, ground beef, pasta and pizza toppings that money can buy. We make our own meatballs, dough, breadsticks, sauce and seasoning blends. We chop all of our lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers and onions fresh. We strive to offer the best service, food, prices, cleanliness, quality and value to our customers. When you order, we make everything fresh, we don’t hold food over in warmers so that you can be served quicker, because we think that can compromise flavor, texture and overall quality. We believe that we apply more ingredients to your food than anywhere else. You get your moneys worth. Please allow some time for this preparation and baking time. We do our best, as you can witness by the open kitchen concept, that your food is made as quick and accurate as possible. All of the staff works very hard to make sure that your experience is a good one. Please, by all means let us know if there is ever an issue you would like to be addressed. We appreciate the many patrons that have visited from near and far. Our family welcomes you and hopes your visit is a pleasant one. Thank You and Enjoy! Dave Hilsabeck-Great Grandson of Pauline Licatesi

Reviewed By MissS4 - Tama, Iowa

We enjoyed Mama Digrado'. The food was good - many items on the menu. Prices were very reasonable. We will eat here again.Thank you for your patronage!

9. Ocean City Chinese Restaurant

5 W Main St, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4942 Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 641-753-8006
Excellent
49%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Reviewed By Carolea G - Dallas, TX

Appetizers were Great. Egg rolls and crab Rangoon crisp and hot. We had 6 assorted entrees and all delicious. Egg foo young different from what I normally have but very good. Wonderful crispy noodles to put in soup or entrees. Definitely best Chinese in town.

10. Plaza Mexico

903 W Lincoln Way, Marshalltown, IA 50158-2462 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 641-752-4494
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Plaza Mexico

Reviewed By primalclaws1974 - Iowa

Food was served quickly. It was really good. The place isn't fancy, but definitely not a dive. Has a big bar section, but the restaurant side is still kid-friendly. I liked the complimentary fried ice cream. The tortilla was under it instead of mixed in like some places do. Will go back.

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