Day Date at Ladora Bank Bistro
Des Moines is loaded with great day date and date night options, but every once in a while it is nice to get out of town and explore what Iowa has to offer. A while back a friend of mine mentioned Ladora Bank Bistro and after visiting their website I added it to my Iowa bucket list. Take a day date to Ladora, Iowa to discover the historical Ladora Bank Bistro.
If you love history, great food and fabulous drinks the Ladora Bank Bistro is the perfect option. The moment you walk into this historical bistro you can feel and see the history that has taken place since 1920. Originally a bank, for about 10 years it struggled due to the Great Depression and shut its doors in 1931. Over many years it has been an attorney’s office, antique store and more. Take a look at the complete history of the Ladora Bank Bistro.
Everything from the ceiling to the floors is fun to look at. When you walk into the bistro, you feel as if you are entering a bank in the 1920’s. All the marble, bank windows, rooms including the “powder room” are still in place.
The cooler, which used to be the Ladora Bank vault is where they store all the wine and beers they have available.
They offer small plates and a large menu of wines and craft beer. The food is amazing! We tried two different small plates and they did not disappoint. I could have easily had everything on the menu. Their menu does change periodically so they are able to use items that are in season and local.
Boursin Stuffed Dates: Sweet Medjool dates stuffed with garlic & herb cheese, wrapped in Dayton Meat’s bacon, drizzled with pepper jelly. So, so good!
Greek Kefta: Locally sourced lamb with gyro seasonings. Served with tzatziki, tomato-red pepper relish and pita!
There is not much in the town of Ladora, Iowa. Literally, a gas station, a few houses, and the Ladora Bank Bistro. If you are planning to make it a weekend getaway, I recommend staying in the Amana Colonies which is about 20 miles east of Ladora.
Address: 811 Pacific Street, Ladora, Iowa 52251
Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 4 to 9 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 6 p.m.
Before traveling to the Ladora Bank Bistro make sure to check their hours and make sure there are no special closings. It is also recommended to make reservations.
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