Meat Us In Northeast Iowa: Take the Locker Tour

Posted: December 19, 2023 | Updated: December 29, 2023

There’s a unique and delicious secret waiting to be explored in Northeast Iowa: the hometown lockers. These lockers are the guardians of time-honored recipes, the keepers of family traditions, and the purveyors of mouthwatering meats that have been crafted with care and expertise for generations. When you ‘Meat Us in Northeast Iowa,’ you will experience the aroma of smoked sausages and sizzling steaks waft through the air, the inviting charm of local butcher shops, and the warmth of a community eager to share its culinary treasures with you.

The hometown lockers scattered across Northeast Iowa are hubs of connection, where farmers, butchers, and residents come together. Here, you’ll find locally raised beef, pork, and poultry. It’s a farm-to-table experience unlike any other, where the journey from pasture to plate is transparent and celebrated.

Allamakee County

City Meat Market
199 Railroad St New Albin 52106
Monday – Saturday 8AM – 6PM

Family owned and operated since 1882. Try their best sellers: ring bologna & homemade jerky.

El Pariente Carniceria
140 W Green St Postville 52162
Monday -Thursday 11AM – 9PM, Friday – Saturday 11AM – 10PM, Sunday 11AM – 6PM

A unique ethic restaurant with a select of bulk meats.

Jet’s Meat Processing
927 W Main St Waukon 52172
Monday – Tuesday 7AM – 2PM, Wednesday – Friday 7AM – 5PM, Saturday & Sunday 7AM – 1PM

Fantastic jerky and an onsite restraint Jet’s Café where ‘Joy’s breakfast bowls are the bomb!’

Mohn’s Fish Market
1140 Great River Road Harpers Ferry 52146
Monday – Friday 8AM – 12PM & 1 – 5PM, Saturday 8AM – 12PM & 1 – 3PM

A commercial fishing business that brings the bounty of the Mississippi to you. Try their smoked or pickled fish.


Edgewood Locker
609 West Union St Edgewood 52042
Monday – Friday 7AM – 5PM, Saturday 7AM – 4PM, Sunday (Nov-March) 8AM – 12PM

Over 35 flavors of brats and 9 flavors of sticks. Their adventurous blueberry maple breakfast sausage was featured on the TODAY show!


Arlington Meat Locker
796 Main St Arlington 50606
Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 5PM

Delicious smoked bacon and mouthwatering country-style ribs!

Tony’s Wadena Locker
230 S Mill St Wadena 52169
563-774-2725 or 563-920-2193
Monday – Friday 8AM – 4:30PM

People drive for miles to get Tony’s award-winning jerky and ring bologna.


County Line Locker
108 E 2nd St Riceville 50466
Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 5PM, Saturday 7:30AM – 1PM

Jazz up your burgers with one of their many flavored patties like sweet vidalia onion or jalapeno with pepper jack.

Elma Locker
100 Grant St Elma 50628
Monday – Friday 7AM – 5:30PM, Saturday 7:30AM – 12PM

A seriously long resume of award-winning meats. Plus a full service grocery in a sweet small town!

Polashek’s Locker
218 S Main St Protivin 52163
Monday – Friday 7AM – 5PM, Saturday 7AM – 12PM

It’s true! Polashek’s were featured on Bizarre Foods of America showcasing their award winning Jaternice.

From the time-honored traditions of City Meat Market in New Albin to the award-winning delicacies of Polashek’s Locker in Protivin, Northeast Iowa’s hometown lockers offer a culinary odyssey like no other. Each stop promises not just meats but a glimpse into a community’s heritage, shared through flavors that linger in memory.

So, pack your appetite and head to Northeast Iowa. You’ll find local flavors, family legacies, and a warm community spirit.

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