• 304 16th Street NW • Mason City, IA • Tel. 641-423-5075 •
STEAK PERFECTION TAKES TIME
Specializing in Greek-Style broiled steaks that melt in your mouth, all while using top-quality Iowa beef.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
As immigrants from Greece, Pete Maduras and Tony Papouchis set out to serve authentic food to those around them. Established in 1920 as Pete's Place, the original location was sandwiched in between two large cement plants in a neighborhood called Northwestern Row. Here all Tony & Pete strived to do was feed the hard workers of what used to be known as River City, now Mason City, IA. This was a time where T-bone steaks were $.25 and liquor was bootlegged out of the basement. Pete operated the front of house while Tony was the brains of the kitchen. The partnership continued as the location moved to its current location in 1954. It became the Northwestern Steakhouse when the restaurant was sold to Tony in 1965. Tony worked everyday to provide meals to others until he died in 1991. Unable to escape from his Greek roots, he had a large private garden next to the restaurant where he planted and collected an array of produce to use fresh in his meals daily. People would look forward to Tony's fresh salads, and especially his special Greek-inspired menu on Sundays.
CONTINUING THE TRADITION
Today, Tony's son and his wife, Bill and Ann Papouchis, own and operate the Northwestern Steakhouse. The menu has only changed slightly throughout the years, but most of the recipes are still Tony's. They honor the past with old wooden booths, early movie posters hung on the walls, and photographs of a simpler time in Mason City, IA. Customers continue to wrap around the building, waiting for hours for the food that never disappoints. A comfortable lounge has been added upstairs for customer's to enjoy a drink while they await their table. And don't worry, Tony continues to keep an eye on the place as his portrait is hung on the wall behind the register!
Make a reservation for parties of 6+ people ahead of time.
A waitlist begins at 5PM every night for parties of any size.
All seating times are approximate.
We reserve the right to change this policy.
Saturdays: Lounge opens at 4PM for walk-in reservations.
Testimonials & Memories
Good Food & Good People
"Most Iconic" Restaurant
- Thrillest, 2017
Customers for 35 years and have never had a bad meal. This is always the best place to bring friends. Barbara's sister and husband travel all over the world and they say this is the best food in the nation.
- Ray & Barbara Tweed
Most Famous Restaurant
- Insider, 2019
CONTACT & LOCATION
• Open Everyday 5PM - 10PM •
Closed: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Super Bowl Sunday, & 4th of July
304 16th st nw, Mason City, IA 50401
• 641-423-5075 •
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