The Twisted Tail in Beebeetown is well known for its ribs, which won first prize in the 2013 Iowa State Fair Farm Bureau Cookout contest. And now, the restaurant can add “Iowa’s Best Burger” to its list of awards.

The western Iowa restaurant has been owned by Ed and Ruth Spencer since 2011, and is managed by two of their three children, Luke and Hannah. In addition to the restaurant, the family also farms and runs a real estate and auction business.

Throughout the past few months, the family has worked together to ensure that their patrons have been able to continue enjoying the Twisted Tail’s delicious meals. “You will often see the grandchildren helping bus tables on Friday and Saturday nights,” says Hannah (Spencer) Johnsen.

At the beginning of the COVID shutdown the restaurant operated on a takeout only basis. But now it's open for dine in, as well as takeout.  All tables are at least six feet apart, and the former reception and party rooms now hold tables to allow for more social distancing between customers.

Ed Spencer's love for history and antiques and their auction business  has contributed to the decor and atmosphere of the restaurant. Antiques, memorabilia and reminders of Beebeetown’s history are scattered throughout the restaurant and bar areas.

Made out of 80% lean ground chuck, the winning burger patty is simply seasoned, allowing the true flavor of the meat to shine. The Certified Angus Beef is all locally sourced.

The Iowa’s Best Burger contest is sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and funded in-part by the Iowa Beef Industry Council through the Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program.