JANUARY 22ND, 2015: Now having at least seen some bald eagles (we hate to get shut out after driving so far), we left Dubuque and drove the 25 miles or so to Balltown, Iowa, to eat at Breitbach's, which bills itself as Iowa's oldest continually operating restaurant.
Back in 29014, I had seen an article in the Chicago Tribune Travel Section: BREITBACH'S COUNTRY DINING, Balltown, Iowa. Opened (2009). Billed as Iowa's oldest place to eat and drink, Breitbach's is in its sixth generation, having opened in 1862 on a bluff near the Mississippi River.
Fire destroyed the business twice (2007 and 2008) and the tiny community (population 68) twice urged rebuilding. On the popular buffet are: Homemade corn relish, pickled beets, fried catfish and much more. Secrets are revealed in Breitbach's cookbook.
563 Balltown Road; 563-552-2220, breitbachscountrydining.com.
So, this is not the original structure, but rebuilt to look old.
Glad They rebuilt It. --RoadDog