1943 Garfield Ave, I-80, Exit 259, West Liberty, Iowa, 52776-9034, United States
Good for: Families
On the main drag (3rd street), across from the famous Dreibelbeis' Pharmacy is a restaurant near and dear to my heart. La Mexicana.
Favorite Dish: La Mexicana has served the finest Mexican foods for years and years - all from the back half of their grocery store. The tamales are handmade and wonderful, but so is everything on the menu. Maria and her family have fed me many times and it's always delicious.
The New Strand is the only chance at a nightlife in West Liberty. City workers roll up the sidewalks at 6pm and it's a ghost town after 8. Luckily there is one glowing marquee in the middle of all dark windows. Movies show at 7:30 Fri-Mon and are only $3 a seat. Free refills on any size popcorn and the people are just dandy. Now the Strand also hosts some live theater and puppet shows, so check their website before you head to town.
Favorite thing: If you only have an afternoon to spend in West Liberty you must pay a visit to Dreibelbeis' Pharmacy on 3rd St., downtown. This cozy 2 aisle store harkens back to the day when one could dodge the hot afternoon sun and sit at the cool marble soda fountain with a lime phosphate at hand. I strongly recommend you have a genuine cherry Coke (or vanilla or chocolate) or try the hand squeezed lemonade. The fountain is over 100 years old, most probably the oldest soda fountain in the state.