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PJ's Drive -In

600 E Main St, Panora, IA 50216-1152
+1 641-755-4264
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“ice cream” (5 reviews)
“fries” (10 reviews)
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Diner, American
600 E Main St, Panora, IA 50216-1152
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

We stopped in at PJ's for a Sunday lunch. The tenderloin and fries were fresh and very good. The staff was incredibly helpful. Fun atmosphere!!

Thank mdabhaynes_12
Reviewed 11 September 2017

An average hamburger shop. Very good burgers but the building couls use some updating. It an order at the counter with the meal delivered.

Thank Robert E
Reviewed 4 September 2017

What a find!! Right on main highway, lots of parking and cutest little patio. Absolutely adorable inside, a little "old diner" and industrial mix, complete with bright red super cushioned booth seats, corrugated steel and an OLD license plate collection. Excellent, quick service and a...More

Thank jkusler
Reviewed 1 August 2017

We had the BBQ Chicken sandwich, which was tasty without being too spicy (mild BBQ sauce, like KC Masterpiece?), with plenty of onions and pickles. The fries and fountain drink were as usual; all that for 8 bucks. Atmosphere was 'funky industrial' that is popular,...More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

I absolutely love this place. Has the best burgers ever. And the sundaes are the best. Make sure to stop!

Thank trupe77
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We were looking for a quick, reasonable and family friendly place for lunch. This fit the bill on all accounts. The kids meals were a great value, it includes a small drink and fries. The adults ordered a Philly Cheese steak (this was short on...More

Thank Sheila W
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This is a quaint lil drive in with picnic tables outside and kind of an old style diner on the inside. I really loved the feel. You do have to order at the counter. The workers were very nice and I would of gave it...More

Thank HonestJJReviews
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Read about PJ's on trip advisor and was in Panora so...decided to give it a try! Glad that we did! Breaded Pork Tenderloin sandwich & the Roast Pork sandwich special very good! We will be back For Sure!

Thank PMtime82
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

This is my go to place for pork tenderloin when i go to Iowa. Cooked perfectly, juicy, and very tasty.

Thank Sailuver
Reviewed 17 October 2016

It has very good sandwiches, salads, and ice cream products. Service has always been good. Prices are very reasonable.

Thank Bill S
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Diner, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 600 E Main St, Panora, IA 50216-1152
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Panora
  • Phone Number: +1 641-755-4264
PJ's is family owned and there is a good chance you can say hi to Chef Joe when you stop in for a family dinner, enjoy a cold beer on the patio or stop in for a sweet ice cream treat. Chef Joe prides himself on providing fresh food from scratch and creating a family atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. The menu is endless including salads, wraps, comfort food and each burger is made of fresh ground 1/3 pound burgers. And don't forget desert, the ice cream menu offers endless possibilities.
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