This week’s featured restaurant is the Dubuque Mining Company- Eatery and Drinkery. It was not always the restaurant that people currently familiar with. Steve Ankeny began a nightclub inside Kennedy Mall in April of 1974, calling it Mining Company. From the sound of it, it was quite the place to get your groove on. Before long, Ankeny decided to incorporate food, and ever since 1977, that’s the way it’s been. Current owner Cindy Oliver began working at the restaurant before becoming manager of the Dubuque Mining Company, and sometime later she decided to buy establishment. In more recent years, Oliver partnered with one of her most trusted employees, Guy Parkins. The duo continues to satisfy and bring back the regulars all while drawing in crowds each year.
The Mining Company comes complete with a full menu of food and drinks. The food menu includes: appetizers, salads, low carb meals, burgers, dinners and Mexican specialities. The drink menu includes: pop (Pepsi products), beer, specialty drinks, coffee and hot chocolate. During the week they have daily specials on their drinks and sometimes on their food.
I had stopped by with my parents and one of my brothers before returning back to school after Thanksgiving break. It had been awhile since we had been there, and we all ordered different foods, trying a bit of one another’s.
We ordered the Nitro-Wings with dressing as our appetizer to start things off. It was an excellent choice. The wings had the perfect crunch to the bite and they were all tender and saucy. For our meals, my mom and I each got a burger off of their menu, my dad got the Beer Batter Cod, and my brother got the fried chicken sandwich. Both the burgers and sandwiches come with fries and a pickle slice while the Cod dinner came with fries and coleslaw.
My personal choice was the Cheddar Pepper Burger. The burger came with slices of melted cheddar and sliced jalapenos. The burger was cooked perfectly, and the cheddar and pepper combination provided just enough heat factor to the meal.
They have been voted by many as the “best burger in Dubuque,” and I can attest to that.
Dubuque Mining Company is open all week, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. If you are looking for a Christmas present for a buddy, right now they have a holiday special where you get a free $10.00 gift certificate with the purchase of $40.00 in gift certificates. They are located at 555 JFK Road, Kennedy Mall, Dubuque, IA 52002.