WHERE TO EAT
Family style dining is a big draw for the Amanas, said David Rettig, executive director at the Amana Colonies Convention & Visitors Bureau. But it’s not the only thing on the menu. P.H.A.T. Daddy’s dishes up wood-fired pizzas, soups and sandwiches, and for a German bierhalle experience, head to Millstream Brau Haus.
Here are some of the dining options. For more, go to Amanacolonies.com/listingcategory/dining-restaurants
OX YOKE INN
4420 220th Trail, (319) 622-3441, Oxyokeinn.com
Founded by William and Lina Leichsenring in 1940, the main building dates back to 1856, with additions built in 1870, 1963 and 1976. Five generations of the Leichsenring family have worked there, serving up recipes passed down from mother to daughter. The menu features Old World German and American fare, served family style with side dishes or as plated meals; sandwiches, salads, pies; specialties of schnitzels, bratwurst and knackwurst platter, sauerbraten, pork chop and loin. Also stop in for breakfast, Sunday brunch, an outdoor biergarten or the indoor basement Bierstube bar.
MILLSTREAM BRAU HAUS
835 48th Ave., (319) 622-7332, Millstreambrewing.com/millstream-brau-haus.html
New to the Amana scene is the Brau Haus (brewing house), which opened in 2016. It brings a German bierhalle feel to the Amanas, serving up Millstream brews and German-style pub food.
728 47th Ave., (319) 622-3001, Phat-daddys.com
Wood-fired pizza is the main attraction at this eatery, which opened in 2015 in the former Brick Haus restaurant. Soups and sandwiches also are on the menu. Under the same roof is SERENA’S COFFEE CAFE, (319) 622-3320.
4304 220th Trail, (319) 622-5500
Stop in to this cafe inside the Bankhaus for freshly brewed coffee and teas along with pastries and quiche.
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4408 220th Trail, (319) 622-3641, 1-(888) 348-4686, Ronneburgrestaurant.com
Named for the medieval fortress in Hesse, Germany, that sheltered Amana ancestors during their religious persecution more than 200 years ago, the restaurant, which opened in 1950, served as a communal kitchen. Building on that tradition, diners will find traditional German and American entrees, family-style or plated. Specialties include schnitzels, sauerbraten, chicken, fish, pork and steaks, including oven-baked steak, along with breakfast, desserts and a full bar featuring local, domestic and German beer and wine.
HAHN’S HEARTH OVEN BAKERY
2510 J St., (319) 622-3439
Breads and pastries are baked in the colonies’ only operating hearth oven bakery.
WINE & VINEYARDS
4406 220th Trail, Amana, (319) 622-3379
4402 220th Trail, Amana, (319) 622-3564
4505 220th Trail, Amana, (319) 622-3081
752 48th Ave., Amana, (319) 622-3448 or 1-(800) 731-7142; fruit and berry wines
WHITE CROSS CELLARS
755 48th Ave., Amana, (319) 622-3233
MILLSTREAM BREWING COMPANY
835 48th Ave., Amana, (319) 622-3672, Millstreambrewing.com
Millstream opened its doors in 1985 — the first brewery to operate in Amana since 1884 and the first microbrewery in Iowa. Since then, it has won 33 national awards and one international award.
WHERE TO STAY
Bed-and-breakfasts abound in historic homes throughout the Amana Colonies, as well as camp sites at the 60-acre RV park in Amana. Hotels and motels are nearby, too, from along Interstate 80 to nearby towns and cities.