MILF Files: Adventuretoberfest!

 

From the “You never know where  you are going to find some good fried chicken” file:

This past weekend I had the pleasure of participating in the annual Octoberfest Celebration at Adventureland Park in the growing metropolis of  Des Moines, IA.  Adventureland Octoberfest has all of the things you would normally expect, lots of beer, boot and liter beer mugs, thousands of people, lots of laughs and good times, beer, more beer, and more beer.

There are literally billions of Octoberfests all over the world, but what really sets this rocking time apart from other O’fests is Threefold:

  1. It’s held in an amusement park, replete with operating rollercoasters and games!
  2. Adventure land invites all of the top local food trucks and mobile vendors to sling their tastiness during the 11 hours of the fest. It’s even bigger than the “Food Truck Fests” that I’ve seen pop up in downtown Des Moines. Very cool to see the local food scene have such a great event to showcase their talents!
  3. LOCAL BEER! Peacetree, Exile, Confluence, etc, were on hand pouring local libations.

My compadre and partner in taco crime, LTG, showed up and set up our booth.  Sold some food, talked to some friends both old and new, then our “relief” showed up to take the reigns on the TacoTent.  It was time to finally get some grub.  It being Octoberfest, my mind could only focus on one meal:

Fried Chicken

The possibility of finding fried chicken was pretty slim, as the place was lousy with tacos, bbq, sandwiches, some pretty crappy “poutine,” (and strangely no foot long grilled brats), but we searched nonetheless. (more story on searching for chicken, blah blah blah) Then we came upon this little oasis in the fried chicken desert:

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THE IOWA CAFE nailed the stuffing out of what fried chicken out of a tent on a walkway in an amusement park could and should be.  As you can see in the picture, it’s pretty much a miracle of a deal for $5.25 (one place was selling pretty meh tacos on store bought flour tortillas for $5 PER TACO. WHAT????)  Here you get hand made fried chicken, breast and thigh, perfectly coated in a thin batter, sided with a biscuit (not hand made, but perfect for the meal), and I opted for some of their Sriracha Aioli to spice things up every now and then.  Damn. It took about 5 minutes to kill the whole deal. It was a fine meal, and kept me going for the rest of the day.  It seems like The Iowa Cafe is part of the Adventureland Park family, so you may have to wait until spring when the park reopens to get down with this chicken.  I’m looking forward to my next Cheap Chicken fix.

 

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