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

April 14, 2018 Karren Gelb

Nevada (/nəˈveɪdə/ nə-VAY-də) is a city in and the county seat of Story County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,798 in the 2010 census, an increase from 6,658 in the 2000 census. It is also part of the Ames, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the larger Ames-Boone, Iowa Combined Statistical Area. Nine miles west of Nevada is Ames (including Iowa State University, which is in Ames) which is much larger in population. Nonetheless, Nevada is the county seat with all Story County offices located there. The city's name is pronounced differently from the state with the same name.
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1. Dutch Oven Bakery

219 Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-6637 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Dutch, European Breakfast, Lunch +1 515-232-9244
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Dutch Oven Bakery

Reviewed By James K - Roland

This small bakery is a gem of place for lunch. Located just south of the railroad tracks in downtown Ames, the Dutch Oven provides fresh food deli lunches with a variety of soups, breads, and meats. The breads and meats are always available while the four soup choices vary from day to day.

All lunches are available to eat in house or for takeout.

We make this a regular stop when we are in Ames and usually take home a piece of pie or a pastry for later.

2. Cafe Diem

229 Main St Ste 101, Ames, IA 50010-6472 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 515-956-3556
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Cafe Diem

Reviewed By david_hance_iowa - Ankeny, Iowa

The is an old commercial retail building with a long narrow layout. You can sit in booths along the East and small tables with chairs on West wall and small tables in front elevated display stages on both sides of front door. The brewed coffee is OK. The sandwiches are appealing. I prefer the strawberry smoothies. The place is packed with college students. You will wait in a long line to get your order taken. The staff members are fast but overworked. The bathroom are quaint but functional. The prices are competitive. You need to find a place on a downtown city street to park since there is now lot parking available.

3. The Cafe

2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 515-292-0100
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 443 reviews

The Cafe

Reviewed By init4keeps - Des Moines, Iowa

Second chance. I'm a foodie and I will give it. Yes, the hollandaise sauce was perfect. See pics. Right amount of lemon, thick, rich. The hash Benedict was ok. I don't think collard greens were the right accompaniment to the Benedict. The eggs were just a bit overdone, with nearly no runny yolk(drops). The salad as a side was ok, but unusual. The melon and pineapple 1/4"x2 1/2" slices were very good and ripe, but there was just too little of them. The presentation was beautiful. Clean place. I wouldn't bring kids here. The place is beautiful, but they continue with overly loud music that is "all over the place" with its genre. 1980s pop to some sort of jazzy blues to what not, at a loud enough volume to not be able to hear your party. Which brings me to a Marcydiner tantrum scale of 3/5-no screaming kids, but way too loud music. Music at any restaurant is meant to add to the experience, not overwhelme it. My waiter, a tall man, was not friendly at all. The prices here are some of the highest in Ames. And while today's visit was filling, many times you walk away hungry from this place. It's beautiful. It has rich atmosphere. If only the food(and music) matched. Street parking. There is outside dining. There is also a dessert area with separate seating.

4. Mi Casita

1115 6th St, Nevada, IA 50201-1827 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 515-382-2444
Excellent
57%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Mi Casita

Reviewed By Karen G - Ames, Iowa

My husband often exclaims, "Let's stop for Mexican food" as we drive past Nevada. The fajitas, enchiladas, and guacamole dip are our favorites, but from viewing what others are eating, I believe you can't go wrong. The service is always warm and inviting.

5. Niland's Cafe

24 Lincoln Way, Colo, IA 50056-1013 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 +1 641-377-3663
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Niland's Cafe

Niland's Cafe is a unique setting in a historic "One Stop" - gas, food and lodging. Cafe serves home-cooked meals, ice cream treats, homemade pie and desserts. Known for reubens, hot beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, and friendly staff. Eat in or carry out. Seasonal fish fry during Lent, Farmer's market on site summer (Thursdays 5-7pm) with live entertainment, free lemonade and Reed's station open for tours.

Reviewed By 13VLD - Saint Louis, Missouri

Recently had dinner at Nilands. The food was excellent, I had roast beef, mashed potatoes on bread. Great comfort food. I love the decor. Not only is it like a 50's diner, but they also have family photos dating back quite a ways to the...MoreThanks for taking the time to leave us a review. Glad that you enjoyed our hospitality and food. And yes, we have had some investigation of paranormal activity in the cafe and station. An interesting element among all the history at Reed-Niland Corner.

6. Chocolaterie Stam

230 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6238 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 48 reviews

Chocolaterie Stam

Reviewed By LynnReed - Kelley, Iowa

Located on Ames, Iowa Historic Main Street, this is such a quanit and welcoming place to stop by for a hot drink, chocolates, and Italian ice cream. The owners are the best there are and you will love it. A must stop by while in Ames.

7. Hickory Park Restaurant

1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 515-232-8940
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hickory Park Restaurant

Reviewed By srgauger - West Des Moines, Iowa

This place has something for everyone! Excellent BBQ and generous sides. Family atmosphere and can really handle the crowds. The variety on the menu insures everyone is happy. Don’t miss it when you are in town!

8. Snack Time Family Restaurant

1010 6th St, Nevada, IA 50201-1826 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Diner Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch +1 515-382-5254
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Reviewed By Gina P - Eden Prairie, Minnesota

One of very few options for breakfast, Snack Time was decent enough. The bacon was actually amazing and the skillet breakfast delicious. Prices pretty reasonable and lots of options. Our host/server was fine, but not very friendly or happy. Coffee pretty weak, as was the decor and booth seats, but again...small town diner. Might try the Starbuck's (not the chain) next time.

9. Country House

Highway 30, Colo, IA 50056 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Buffet Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
21%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Country House

Reviewed By Randy N - Iowa

This place was recommended to us next time we were traveling Hwy 30 near Ames. Order hot roast beef sandwich or breaded pork tenderloin sandwich and you will be glad. Casual and rural, down home place, not fancy at all and that was ok. The building is in front of campgrounds, dirt parking, 4-5 booths and some tables, friendly waitress and just one was there. My hot roast beef sandwich was $8.95 plus a side. I would go back and order the same thing again. We shared the restaurant with some farmers, seniors, and local business guys with a pick-up truck. We just ate the leftovers for lunch the next day and just as delicious.

10. Great Plains Sauce & Dough CO

129 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6388 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 515-232-4263
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

Great Plains Sauce & Dough CO

Reviewed By Melinda D - Lee's Summit, Missouri

We went late at night, so couldn’t get pizza by the slice, so we got a pie instead. Wasn’t at all crowded. Pizza crust was nice. Very cheesy. Excellent evening snack, and finished off the crust as dessert with the honey on the table. You order when you walk in, then take a seat.

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