Dining Destination: The Drift

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill grilled cheese. The Drift’s “grown-up” version includes avocado and tomato with homemade garlic aioli, and even includes an option to add roast beef. Photo: Duane Tinkey.

Unless you’re one of the 5,000 or so residents of Winterset, you probably think of the town as the birthplace of John Wayne rather than a dining destination. But the Drift, which opened last December, just might change your mind.

The taproom serves an enticing mix of food for dinner Wednesday through Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday. Expect classics with a slightly upscale twist. Case in point: farm-fresh deviled eggs topped with pico de gallo; a grown-up grilled cheese with avocado, tomato and homemade garlic aioli (pictured); and a walnut brownie served a la mode and made with spent grain from their branded beer. Check out their full menu here.


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