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“Best cheeseburger”
Review of The Rusty Duck

The Rusty Duck
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Dexter
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Illinois City, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best cheeseburger”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is one of the best kept secret along interstate 80 in Iowa.
Not only was the cheeseburger one of the best in the state. But all of the food along with the service was worth the trip.
But make sure you have reservations it can fill up fast..

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Olympia, Washington, United States
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“Cross Country Delight”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I was moving my brother in law from Washington DC, to Washington state, pulled off the road and found this little gem. burger was juicy, delicious and huge. Had half of it the next morning before heading on down the road, Easily the best meal we had on the road.

  • Visited August 2012
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Coon Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Phenomenal, consistent, and always exceeds expectations!!!”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

My wife, friends, and I have been enjoying "the Duck" for several years now. People come to try the 2011 best burger in Iowa (which is hand's down the best I've ever had) and come back for the steaks, chicken, tenderloin, etc... The Rusty Duck is a treasure of hometown eating with examples of modern flair; developing new and uniuqe cocktails weekly and staying on top of the latest micro brews available.

The owner, Brad, can be found slaving in the kitchen with his signature red bandana on any given night. Brad is a former co-owner and manager of well-known and respected Des Moines restaurants and does a very nice job meeting the needs of city slickers and farmers alike. :)

The Rusty Duck is successful and tops on my list, because Brad and his staff are passionate about the business and hungry for success. His fanatical insistence on quality and patron satisfaction ensure delivery of the finest eating in the state/midwest.

Make your reservation tonight (important cause they are busy!!!) and get blown away by the bacon burger and come back for the ribeye!

"...how much bacon do you put on the bacon burger Brad?"
"It's simple. I keep adding until it looks right and is something the customer will love and remember."

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank JCJ1576
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Des Moines, Iowa
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“worth the journey!”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Go to Dexter Iowa and find this place. Order any of their hamburgers and be happy!
Probably the best burger I've had. Huge, cooked to your exact preference with any and all
"fixins" available.
Located on the town's main drag downtown offers little else other than the Rusty Duck. The restaurant is a bar with typical bar/cafe atmosphere but an unusual and surprising menu even for non burger lovers. Wait staff is pleasant. Try the onion rings as well. A half order can go a long way. Dexter is a small town about 30 miles west of west des moines, off of interstate 80. Worth the drive!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank mike m
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“boom diggity”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

best burger you will ever have period. you better believe it brotha. they have themselves some great onion rings . nice brews nice ambiance

Visited February 2013
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