This meatball sub at Primrose in Corning features marinara sauce, mozzarella, provolone and pickled peppers smothering house-made meatballs. Photo: Courtesy of Primrose.
Tucked away in the small town of Corning is a restaurant with a big reputation. Primrose (619 Davis Ave.), a family-owned establishment that specializes in farm-to table cuisine, earned husband-and-wife co-owners Joel Mahr and Jill Fulton the Entrepreneur of the Year title in 2020 through the Adams County Chamber of Commerce.
Opened in 2018, the restaurant prides itself on using local produce supplied by Fulton’s Family Farms just outside this southwestern Iowa town of 1,700 people. The constantly rotating menu highlights the fresh seasonal ingredients. Mahr, who doubles as head chef at Primrose, has over 18 years of culinary experience and has worked at the James Beard House in New York (the headquarters of the James Beard Foundation).
Current menu items include pulled pork with cheesy grits, pickled red onions, diced tomatoes, and an egg sunny side up; and their Primrose Cheeseburger—Mahr secures prime cuts through the Iowa Beef Council.
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