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Dining Dubuque: Breitbach's Country Dining and American Bombshell

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For this week's installment of Dining Dubuque, we're visiting both the old and the new.

Breitbach's Country Dining in Balltown claims they are Iowa's oldest restaurant.  And back in downtown Dubuque, American Bombshell is just a year old.

Breitbach's was first opened in 1852 and has been an institution in Iowa ever since.

And while their home cooked food is a big draw, they've also added a flower garden and wine shack to the mix, making their restaurant a destination.

"Food is naturally important. But I think they come here for the atmosphere, like I said before. I think they come more to see some of our help, and see myself, and say it's like we're coming home. It's a destination, you're not just going to Balltown, Iowa. No, we don't have much traffic through town. When you come here, you come for a reason," said Owner Mike Breitbach.

Atmosphere is a big deal for them, but so is the home cooking.

Breitbach says their staff spends a lot of time in the kitchen each week to provide that comfort food.

"Our homemade pie and homemade soup, we'll put it up against some of the best chefs in New York City or Chicago," he said.

He says that's a big reason people continue to make the trip to Balltown.

"It's a thing of the past, like today she has spaghetti soup. People will drive 100 miles just to have spaghetti soup."

Back in downtown Dubuque, American Bombshell in the Roshek Building has been open at their location for just a year.

Owners Teri Link and Kathy Conway owned a food truck called Beauty and the Beef for a few years before transitioning to their permanent location.

"It's been tremendous. It used to be just Teri and I and maybe one other person with us. We are fully staffed now, and we're open five days a week. With the food truck we were open maybe three days a week and then festivals too," said Conway.

Their core menu has stayed the same, though.  They serve up hot and melty sandwiches.

And now with a permanent location, they've been able to expand what they serve as well.

"It's so good, it's really good. And we have daily specials as well. So we have our daily menu, but we have other stuff we like to try out. And that really gets people coming back for the different sandwiches that we offer, along with the house made soups as well," Conway said.

And with big lunch time crowds almost every day, it appears they aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

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