Sioux City Journals

Sooo--WEEE City

A travel journal to Sioux City by Elli Metz

Quote: Once called "Little Chicago" due to its mob activity, this "dirty little river town" has come into its own. Places you won't want to miss in Sioux City, Iowa.

Sooo--WEEE City

Overview

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If you can, plan your trip for late July/early September -- the Rivercade Festival takes place at Chataqua Park, and it's the best fun of the year. If you will be there other times of the year, do take time to see the waterfront park, KD Station, and the new 4th Street Historical District. Wander around and you'll find interesting shops tucked away in places that look incongruent to the surrounding areas. And you have to eat at Steven's Tasty In and Out.Quick Tips: It is -cold- here from October to May, sometimes longer than that. Bring appropriate clothing. Things are less expensive than in a larger city, but since Sioux City would like to think of itself as a metropolis, ...Read More

Minerva's

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Restaurant

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There is nothing more decadent in Sioux City than lunch at Minerva's. The prices are right (lunch is much more reasonable than dinner, with comparable portion sizes), the food is incredible, and the tirimisu is the best I've ever had. Ever. And I've been to some pretty great restaurants. The inside of Minerva's looks like a combination of IKEA and a Tuscan winery. Everything is wood from the floors to the ceilings, and wine-colored accent pieces with greenery makes you feel transported. It could be below-zero outside, and it wouldn't matter in here -- the open wood-burning stove and dimmed lights set so great of a mood that you won't care what's outside. The menu features a lot o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2001

Minerva's
Marketplace Mall, 29th & Hamilton
Sioux City, Iowa

Daily Grind -Barnum

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Restaurant | "Daily Grind"

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Compared with the coffeehouses of Portland and Seattle (where, according to local legend, the Daily Grind got its inspiration), this place falls just a little flat. It's attempts at west-coast hip have been tempered with midwest flair. For the region, however, it's one of the best for those suffering from a serious culture shock. The Daily Grind has a decently full menu of coffee-based drinks (many of them are very sweet, be careful when adding sugar), and a list of sandwiches based on local streets. (The Upper 4th, for instance, is turkey with cranberry sauce, a supposed nod to the culture of the area of town, while the Nebraska Street is Roast Beef since the actual Nebraska Street is where ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 3, 2001

Daily Grind -Barnum
511 4th Street
Sioux City, Iowa 51101
(712) 277-2020

Karousel Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Karousel"

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The Karousel is one of those places that looks like it might possibly have been stolen from 1950's Las Vegas, transported to the middle of nowhere, and dropped off for the duration of its life. The building itself is round, with large carousel horses of fiberglass around the perimeter, and a circus-like atmosphere inside. It is the quintessential greasy spoon -- if you ask for something vegetarian or something that's not deep fat fried from the overmade-up and past-their-prime waitresses, they're likely to bring you plain white bread and water. This place is a Sioux City tradition. After a long night of drinking and line dancing, retiring to the Karousel (which is, of course, 24 hours) to hav...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2001

Karousel Restaurant
1334 W Sarpy Road
Sioux City, Iowa 68743
(402) 494-2048

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KD Station started life in 1918. The hulking building was a meat packing plant until destroyed by a large explosion that took several lives in the 1920's. There it sat, mostly dormant and used for various city purposes until recent years, when it was reclaimed as a historical landmark and turned into what all financially-viable landmarks have: a mall. Actually, that's not completely true: KD Station is trying to be a family fun center, with displays about history to make it educational. There's miniature golf, a great costume shop, an area-4-star mexican restaurant, a blues club in the basement, and even a bowling alley. (Each is owned separately, so you'll have to pay separately, which is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 3, 2001

KD Station: Packing Plant Makes Good
2001 Leech Avenue
Sioux City, Iowa

Uncle John's Johns LLC

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Attraction | "Uncle John"

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Back in 1972, when Uncle John was founded in a little shop way out of the way off Hamilton, it's founders wanted to bring a little of the spirit of San Francisco Hippy back to the sleepy Sioux City. There were two parts to the business and the building -- a side that sold records and 8-track tapes, and another that sold everything from tie-dye to psychadelic blacklight posters. And bongs. But that's beside the point. Up until the recent move of Uncle John to the new (and very hip) historic 4th street district, the store remained the same. With the addition of CDs instead of 8-tracks, of course. A mural on the ceiling was added to occasionally, showing the greatest rock artists of all time...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 3, 2001

Uncle John's Johns LLC
1101 4th Street
Sioux City, Iowa 51101
(712) 277-3922

Kings and Queens

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Attraction

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Behind a darkened-glass, pink-triangled door that seems nondescript is Kings and Queens -- the best gay club in Sioux City, IA. The music is always loud, the drinks aren't watered down, and there's pool tables and video games for the ones too shy to dance. Unlike some of the big-city gay clubs, there's not a huge overtone of sexuality -- it's all about having fun and drinking until the bar owner can buy a boat. The best part is that there are always activities going on here. My friend Mark (the person I hung out here with) dragged me there at least twice a week (it wasn't much of a struggle) for things like bikini jello wrestling and midwest drag show finals. For some of these eve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

Kings and Queens
Across from the old Orpheum on Pearl
Sioux City, Iowa

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Elli Metz

Elli Metz
Norfolk, Nebraska

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