You’ll be following in the footsteps of Jesse James when you pass through the doors of
Iowa’s oldest eatery. The curbside sign reads: Food – the best in town, and why not? It’s
the only restaurant in Balltown, population 37. Items on the menu include Mississippi
catfish and homemade pies.
Beginning as a stagecoach stop, Breitbach’s dates from 1852.
Memorabilia adorns the walls. Look closely, and you might see a horse blanket left by the
James gang. Many of the handmade quilts and crafts are for sale, and there’s an antique
Breitbach’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from March 1
through November 1; closed Mondays the rest of the year; (563) 552-2220.