We have always been passing by Betty’s Midwest Kitchen and it is alway seen with a good crowd. “Famous ar?”, asked KampungBoy. “I really have no idea.” I answered with a shrug. However, reviews on Betty’s Midwest Kitchen from Food4Thot and The Normad Gourmand have further ignited our interest so we decided to pop in for early lunch.
We were there really early to we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. However, it is advisable to book for lunch and dinner as capacity in the restaurant is limited.
Betty’s Midwest Kitchen is a family run restaurant. Betty, the chef, picked up the recipes from her daughter who is married to an American and lives in Iowa for years. Oh, and did I tell you that it is all about porky goodness?
The Midwest region of the United States consists of the states in the center of the country, east of the Rocky Mountains. States considered part of the Midwest are North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois.
Foods of the Midwest are considered to be simple and hearty. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and eggs, are common ingredients in Midwest cooking. Main dishes may include roasts, stews, and dishes made from trout and whitefish. Rice is used in many side dishes and desserts. Wheat bread and cornbread typically accompany meals. Seasoning with spices is generally mild, and fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, and sage may be used to flavor a dish.
(information from foodbycountry.com)
I had the sloppy joe (RM 12.90), a dish of ground pork, onions, sweetened tomato sauce or ketchup and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun. Just spoon the sloppy joe mixture on buns and start to bite away. True to it’s name, it is messy and usually a challenge to eat the Sloppy Joe but it is a wonderfully delicious comfort food.
It was firm, but juicy and did not break apart when we sliced it. Only gripe I had was the excessive salt levels in it but Betty’s husband explained to us that the original recipe calls for it. Needless to say, everything was amazing, the meatloaf was juicy and flavorful, the mash potatoes was rich and silky and the peas were sweet and starchy unlike the frozen version.
The menu was sufficiently interesting and the food was good enough to warrant a second visit.