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2016 dining guide to the Iowa City area, Coralville and Cedar Rapids.

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  • BREAD & BUTTER 2016 | 1

    BREAd & BUTTERCEDAR RAPIDS CORALVILLE IOWA CITY AREA

    PUBLISHED BY LITTLE VILLAGE

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    250+Recommended Restaurants, Bars, Markets & more ...

    2016 Dining guiDe

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    Konomi Japanese Restaurant

    PLAN YOUR VISIT AT

    IOWARIVERLANDING.COM- JUST OFF OF I-80 AT 1ST AVENUE IN CORALVILLE -

    /IowaRiverLanding @IARiverLanding @IowaRiverLanding

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    Konomi Japanese Restaurant

    PLAN YOUR VISIT AT

    IOWARIVERLANDING.COM- JUST OFF OF I-80 AT 1ST AVENUE IN CORALVILLE -

    /IowaRiverLanding @IARiverLanding @IowaRiverLanding

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    ESTABLISHED IN 2001, Little Village provides independent news, local culture commentary and the best information available on arts, entertainment and events in the Cedar Rapids, Coralville and Iowa City area. Find us twice monthly on newsstands, and online at LittleVillageMag.com.

    The second annual Bread & Butter dining guide contains something for everyone: great meals at every price point and for every diet, guidance for visitors looking to get beneath the surface and an exhaustive list of worthwhile breakfast, lunch, dinner and after dinner destinations to help even the most seasoned locals find something new to try. (A-Z index starts on page 11.)

    Please send letters, comments, corrections or additional recommendations to editor@littlevillagemag.com. Like Little Village, Bread & Butter is always free; all contents are the licensed work of the contributor and of the publication. If you would like to reprint or collaborate on new content, reach us at lv@littlevillagemag.com. To browse back issues, visit us at 623 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, or online at issuu.com/littlevillage. Main: (319) 855-1474.

    ART DIRECTOR Jordan SellergrenCONTRIBUTING EDITORSGemma de Choisy, Erin McMeen, Lucy Morris, Frankie Schneckloth, Matthew Steele, JoJo BaccamEDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORSAlicia Ambler, Rachel Arndt, Paul Berchenbriter, Courtenay Bouvier, Anna Drexler, Morgan Gray, Cristina Ortiz, Casey WagnerPHOTO CONTRIBUTORSBill Adams, Mara Cole, Britt Fowler, Juan Carlos Herrera, Ben PartridgeDESIGN CONTRIBUTORSNatalia Araujo, Andrew DesforgesON THE COVER BardotPUBLISHER Matthew Steele

    Special thanks to distribution partners the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose underwriting also supported ads for CVB member businesses. For information on membership, visit iowacitycoralville.com.

    Additional thanks go to the Cedar Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau for their underwriting, and to our advisory team of Amber Neville, Melody Dworak, Candice Smith and Adam Witte.

    DISTRIBUTION REQUESTSDistro@LittleVillageMag.comAD INQUIRIESAds@LittleVillageMag.comLV CREATIVE SERVICESCreative@LittleVillageMag.comLV TICKETSLittleVillageTickets.comCONTACT Little Village, 623 S Dubuque St.Iowa City, IA 52244319-855-1474ONLINE LittleVillageMag.comMOBILE APP Little Village Best of ICFree on iOS, Android

    2016 Dining guiDeBREAD & BUTTERCEDAR RAPIDS CORALVILLE IOWA CITY

    PUBLISHED BY LITTLE VILLAGE

  • BREAD & BUTTER 2015, 7

    recommendedWhat's new - 14Buzz-worthy upstarts.

    take it slow - 17What's the rush?

    pho - 20Rhymes with duh.

    Health nuts - 22Do yourself a favor.

    Sammies - 24On a bun, in a pita or on the run.

    THE TREATS - 30You so obviously deserve.

    Pizza Lyfe - 34Because you're all about it.

    Seafood - 36If you see it, eat it.

    Brunch - 46Bourgeois bohemians: Unite.

    COFFEE - 63Who's cooking the meanest bean?

    Find out who is

    upping the culinary

    ante.

    page 14

    20 - Pho Zaika

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    INNOVATION - 18See who is leveraging their core competencies

    for the most synergistic yummies.

    MILTON Creamery - 26We'll take Prairie Breeze cubism over Picasso

    and Braque anyday.

    FEATURESDo what like a man? - 50

    Nah.

    Tending to their flock - 68Bartenders tell you how to drink like a

    professional.

    26 - Milton Creamery

    The timea happy accident turned cheddar

    intoCHEDDAR

    page 26

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    DIVE BARS - 10It's not a diss.

    LIVE MUSIC - 38Sometimes, you want to eat dinner while a

    stranger is baring their soul.

    QUINCEAeras - 42An Iowa tradition.

    The open road - 48It's better when you know a delicious meal is

    waiting for you.

    EXPERIENCE THE AREA

    Frida Kahlo's - 42

    A-Z INDEXThe ultimate bucket list starts on page 11.

    BREWERIES - 54A few locals to start with, plus a list of

    everything that's currently going on statewide.

    GROCERS - 60Supermarkets supersize, specialty markets

    find their niche.

    SUBSCRIBE to freshness - 64The guide to buying direct from farmers.

    HIT THE TOWN - 71On stage, on screen and on your plate,

    may your cup runneth over.

    FESTIVALS - 78Annual events to keep on your agenda.

    guides

    LITTLEVILLAGEMAG.COM/DINING

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    Dive in!

    The new Shack Tavern 2545 Old River Rd. S.W., Cedar Rapids

    You might bump into your uncle at The New Shack Tavern. You know, the uncle who taught you how to bait a hook? He bought you beer that one time in high school? Back in the day, the Shack was both a bar and a bait shop, and you could order nightcrawlers and a drink in the same breath. Even though the days of the apocryphal minnow shot are long gone, the Shacks woodsy surroundings, river view, and rustic hospitality are the same as ever. Order the Broasted Tenderloinits truly delicious. Get one for your uncle, too. Don't you still owe him one?

    J.M. OMalleyS1502 H Ave. N.E., Cedar Rapids

    Approaching, it looks like a dive bar. Small ramshackle building. Cracked parking lot. You step insideits close, crowded, low-

    ceilinged and dark in the daytime. Squeezing past the shadowy regulars, you order a drink, and hunch into the nearest open seat. Your eyes adjust, you look around, and the shadows fade. Youre surrounded by friendly, smiling people from the neighborhood, all walks of life, catching up and enjoying each others company. Its almost time for Sundays card drawing. Dont worrytheyll explain the rules. Is it a dive bar? Yeahthats the beauty of it. Youll be back Thursday for the music.

    aMerican legiOn #173016 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City

    Susan, whos a nurse but cuts hair on the side, says the burger at the Legion is the best one in town. Aimee, who runs the kitchen, says the burgers good, but she prefers the specials, like Tuna Noodle Casserole or Chicken Enchiladas; her Italian grandmother and Mexican aunt taught her how to cook, and she said she can taste their love in the daily specials she serves.

    George doesnt eat when hes at the Legion, because his wife expects him home for supper, but he loves to hang out and chat with the young bartender, and he always tips a dollar per beer, making sure to say, Heres a buck for you, Doll. On Fridays, the Legions crawling with graduate students who love the karaoke; every other day and night, youll find George and Susan posted up at the bar. Post up with them. Talk about the weather. And try the Chicken Enchiladas.

    BaxaS SuTliff STOre anD Tavern5546 130th St N.E., Lisbon

    Some Iowa City folks like to ride their bikes out to Baxas, coming in over the historic old wagon truss bridge that crosses the Cedar River and landing at the tavern, a building whose edifice looks like it was lifted from the set of Little House on the Prairie. Dont let them and their fit spandex bodies deter you from the deep-fried glories that lie inside the old building. Sign a dollar bill, stick it to the ceiling with all the others and order a cheap beer, Fried Cauliflower with horseradish sauce, a basket of Clam Strips, a Pork Tenderloin and a side of Gizzards, even. Take it all out to one of the picnic tables on thebridge, watch the river flow by beneath you, and laugh at all those people who have to bike back to Iowa City.

    EXPERIENCE: LOCAL COLOR

    Belly up to the bar at these comfortable-but-basic neighborhood pubs and follow the lead of the locals and regulars.

    Hilltop Tavern the crowd of locals are

    the perfect companions.

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    # LV RECOMMENDS

    There is something in this index for most palates and budgets, and each location listed was selected by editors for the unique character it brings to our area.

    Price range is indicated on a scale of $ to $$$$ and accounts for each establishments average price for a meal from the dinner menu (where

    applicable), and a drink.

    $ = $10 and under$$ = $10-$20

    $$$ = $20-$30

    $$$$ = $30-$40

    2 DOGS PUB1705 1st Ave., Iowa City319-337-9047, 2dogspub.com, $$

    A rotation of well-selected craft beers

    and a full menu of burgers and standard bar fare. The kitchen isnt afraid to get creativelike featuring a bacon-wrapped

    hot dog with two fried eggs on topnor are they afraid to let their customers get creative; they have a burger of the

    month competition where diners design their perfect burger.

    30HOP 900 E. 2nd Ave., Coralville319-351-3800, 30hop.com, $$

    Enjoy a burger and a beer on their

    giant rooftop patio, or relax over one of their larger, classic American entrees

    either way, make sure to try something from their epic beer selection.

    350 FIRST 350 First Ave. NE Fl. 16Cedar Rapids319-731-4483, $$$$

    An elegant, high-end steak house on

    the 16th floor of the Hilton DoubleTree

    in downtown Cedar Rapids. Within walking

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