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“Fresh, Local, Awesome”

Z Best Cafe on Main
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Sheffield
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Ankeny, Iowa
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“Fresh, Local, Awesome”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

You would be extremely hard pressed to find anything near Sheffield this good (I still can't believe it's this close to us). The best little small town restaurant I've ever been to outside of the Lincoln Cafe in Mount Vernon IA. http://foodisimportant.com/about-the-lincoln-cafe/

Service is quick but patient. The menu is focused (how many places go nuts with too many choices) but still varied.

We have never had a bad anything here. The Apple & Onion Soup is awesome.

The attention to detail and care they put into the food is evident in everything they do.

Make sure and reserve if you can... Friday's are busy. Also leave room for desert...

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Illinois City, Illinois
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“Small Town Gourmet Experience”
Reviewed 30 March 2013

Ever so good! I can make a meal on their appetizers. The mussels were awesome and the bread pudding is too good. This little restaurant is tucked away in the country, but the chef has been to the big city. His menu is varied, presented well and with good portions. I've never left disappointed. If I had any requests, it would be that they go back to the larger wine list.

  • Visited February 2013
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Princeton, Illinois, United States
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17 reviews
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“A hidden gem!”
Reviewed 21 February 2013

We took our extended family (some from big cities) to this nondescript storefront in the one old downtown block of Sheffield. They thought I was pulling a prank until we all went inside and sat down to a great evening of wonderful food. This restaurant will hold it's own with any metropolitan area establishment. The food is well prepared, delicious, and very high quality. The chef is an artist. Do get reservations because they only accept the number of customers they can handle well. If you are in the area and interested in a great dining experience, come to Z Best!

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Norm F
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Princeton, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“More than meets the eye!”
Reviewed 14 February 2013

This is our favorite local place to dine. Do NOT let the drive to Sheffield / out of the way location stop you. The local art work, murals, and exposed brick give this place a lot of charm. In addition, the food is amazing. The chef is dedicated to local and organic produce and meat. The beef and pork come from the area and are hormone-free.
The specials change weekly, however I love the corn-crusted catfish with crab. Last time my DH had the pork belly and just raved. The soup is often inventive and made on site. There is no kids menu, however the chef is happy to whip up some grilled cheese or a simple chicken breast as needed. My kids like most of the salads and the spin art chicken with artichokes.
Be sure you call ahead for a reservation. There is limited seating and the place often sells out, and there is no comfortable place to wait for a table.
There are a variety of steak options and burgers too. But don't be fooled. This is high-end food. In the city, the meal would be twice the price. My only complaint is the limited beer and wine selections. Most are rather low-end to be paired with such excellent food.

  • Visited December 2012
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Princeton, Illinois, United States
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“Gourmet Food”
Reviewed 28 December 2012

The food is gourmet quality and sophisticated in style. The dining area is small, so call ahead for reservations. A hidden gem in the Illinois River Valley.

Visited July 2012
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