Take a behind-the-scenes look at a beloved Altoona steakhouse.

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“Off the Menu” is an Altoona restaurant feature sponsored by Elder Corporation.

AJ’s Steakhouse, Prairie Meadows, Altoona—

There’s something magical about the moment when the waiter arrives at your table with a sizzling steak cooked just right and a perfectly concocted martini.

Of course, as anyone who has worked in a restaurant or watched shows like Chef’s Table knows, the real magic is what happens behind the bar and back in the kitchen, where a team of passionate people are grilling, sauteing, mixing, plating and constantly dreaming up flavorful new creations to delight and inspire their patrons.

Now that’s magic.

Today, we’re taking a behind-the-scenes look at one of our absolute favorite Altoona restaurants: AJ’s Steakhouse. Located near the main casino entrance at Prairie Meadows—Iowa’s number-one entertainment destination—AJ’s offers a sophisticated yet relaxed dining atmosphere where patrons can kick back and enjoy classic steakhouse fare, with a few twists to keep things interesting.

In our behind-the-scenes video, which you can watch below, we’re featuring a few of our favorites, including…

Main Courses:

  • Lamb chops with mint chimichurri
  • Prime steak burger and fries
  • The New York Strip
  • Bacon-wrapped scallops


  • Loaded baked potato
  • Candied Brussels sprouts


  • Carrot cake
  • Chocolate cake

And Cocktails

  • Raspberry Lemon Drop cocktail
  • Old Fashioned cocktail

Watch the video below for a unique look at these delightful dishes and irresistible cocktails, then keep scrolling for more info about AJ’s!

The Lowdown

The What: AJ’s Steakhouse features classic steakhouse fare served with signature cocktails and decadent desserts in a sleek but laid-back atmosphere. It’s a great place to unwind after a day at the races.

The Where: AJ’s is located near the main casino entrance at Prairie Meadows, 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009.

The Menu: View the full menu here.

What’s Nearby? Prairie Meadows is minutes from Altoona’s local parks, other entertainment destinations, shopping hotspots, lively restaurant scene, and more.

Reservations: Call (515) 957-3535 or reserve online here.

Thank you to Elder Corporation for sponsoring Off the Menu, the visitor’s guide to Altoona’s deliciously different dining spots! Elder Corporation literally lays the groundwork for some of the biggest excavation projects in Iowa. You can learn more about Elder Corp here.