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Bread & Butter Dining Guide

Bread & Butter: Your 2015 dining guide for the Iowa City area.

Jordan Sellergren
Posted by Courtenay Bouvier |
LV Recommends: Sauce Bar & Bistro

Photo by Jordan Sellergren When people ask me to recommend Italian food in Iowa, it prompts a string of questions that usually culminates in, “Do you mean real Italian, or,...

Sun Cafe
Posted by Jeff Holmes |
LV Recommends: Sun Café

Photo by Adam Burke Recently, my good friend suggested we venture away from downtown to find some good Vietnamese fare. Always the connoisseur of all cuisine, I trusted him. Sun...

Black Sheep Social Club
Posted by Susan Bednar Blind |
LV Recommends: Black Sheep Social Club

Photo by Susan Bednar Blind When Black Sheep Social Club recommends reservations, they aren’t kidding. The new Cedar Rapids restaurant hummed over the lunch hour on a recent Tuesday. Located...

Posted by Cole Highnam |
LV Recommends: Wild Culture Kombucha

Photo via Wild Culture Kombucha Iowa poet Cole Highnam muses upon Wild Culture’s fermented teas in the form of a lyric essay, “I will not spoil my health with lesser...

Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Posted by Joshua Preston |
LV Recommends: Trumpet Blossom Café

Photo by Adam Burke If you’re anything like me, you know there is no greater tradition than brunch. It’s the perfect midday gathering of friends to top off your weekend....

Bridge near Baxas
Posted by Little Village |
Must-visit restaurants, bars and breweries within a day’s drive of Iowa City

There are many quirky, surprising and downright delicious dining opportunities within a day’s beautiful drive of Iowa City. Here’s a guide to get you started. “The jewel of the prairie,”...

The Yacht Club, Iowa City
Posted by Little Village |
LV Recommends: 9 places in the Iowa City area that combine good eats with great music

Good eats, lively tunes; two birds, one stone. From oysters and jazz, to blues and beer, there’s something for everyone at these live music venues. Clinton Street Social Club, Iowa...

Posted by Little Village |
LV Recommends: 5 places to get delicious, authentic pho in the Iowa City area

What could be better? A bowlful of slurpy rice noodles, deliciously seasoned broth, and a personal buffet of vegetables and herbs to customize it just to your liking. Visit these...

Posted by Little Village |
Spotlight: These chefs and proprietors are breaking the culinary gender barrier—and making fantastic food while they do it

Cooking, teaching and writing poetry have this in common: All are considered “women’s work” until the elite tier of each is reached. Then? It’s a man’s world, baby. Gender disparity...

Tomaso's Pizza, Cedar Rapids
Posted by Little Village |
LV Recommends: 9 places to find premium pizza in the Iowa City area

Maybe it’s 2 a.m. and you need pizza more than you’ve ever needed anything. Maybe it’s a weekday evening and you’re in the mood for locally foraged mushrooms. Or, maybe...

Fabian's Seafood
Posted by Little Village |
LV Recommends: 4 spots that prove you don’t have to leave Iowa for great seafood

Turns out landlocked Iowa can do seafood. These four area spots are proof that there’s fabulous fish to be had without hopping a plane. Oyama Sushi 1853 Lower Muscatine Rd.,...

Posted by Little Village |
LV Recommends: 3 homegrown coffee roasters that’ll have you buzzing

Meet three local roasting outfits delivering unique brews to fuel your caffeine addiction What began in 2011 for owner Jarrett Mitchell as a charming coffee cart in a parking lot,...

Motley Cow Cafe
Posted by Little Village |
LV Recommends: 4 spots in the Iowa City area where brunch reigns supreme

Save your last-minute, behind-schedule morning routine for the weekdays. Slow your roll and linger over your breakfast plate at one of these area institutions. Pullman Bar & Diner 17 S....

Her Soup Kitchen, Iowa City
Posted by Little Village |
LV Recommends: 5 places with must-have sandwiches in the Iowa City area

You’d be hard-pressed to visit the area and not find a sandwich you love. But there are a few noteworthy places where the humble sandwich—something we’ve been eating since we...