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Winterset IA: Montross Pharmacy

This post comes to you from Winterset, Iowa, notable for two things: the birthplace of John Wayne, and county seat for the bridges of Madison County (of novel and Clint Eastwood fame). Montross Pharmacy is on the square across from the beautiful courthouse. It is a full-function small-town pharmacy.

As a traditional pharmacy, it has a lunch counter. The counter itself is to the left of the cafeteria line. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I forgot to take a photo of my cole slaw. It was unique in that it was a creamy slaw that also had a vinegary tang, enough to make me squint. Being a big fan of tangy foods, I really enjoyed it.

I also enjoyed a bowl of homemade chili. The protein was mostly meat with a few beans. The tomatoy base also had a bit of a vinegar twang---perhaps this is the old German influence? The dish was authentic down to the saltines. Very tasty and satisfying.

Winterset isn't an extremely touristy town, given all the hype associated with its attractions. But I certainly suggest Montross as a good, enjoyable, low-key place to eat during your visit. It offers a dose of nostalgia and pretty good food without calling unnecessary attention to itself. And that's a good thing.


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