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Experience: The Iowa City area’s quintessential ‘neighborhood pubs’ and dive bars

Hilltop Tavern

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] Belly up to the bar at these comfortable-but-basic neighborhood pubs and follow the lead of the locals and regulars. [vc_separator color=”orange” align=”align_center” border_width=”4″][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] 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 […]

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LV Recommends: Casey’s General Store

Casey's Pizza

Casey’s is not a gas station, a friend once said: It’s a pizza place that has amenities, and those amenities happen to include gasoline. Looking at it this way takes some of the shame out of gas-station pizza, a shame the chain seems to insist on by putting its slices on triangular plates that go […]

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LV Recommends: Sauce Bar & Bistro

Photo by Susan Bednar Blind

If there is a grapefruit-infused beverage, I’m probably going to order it. Overtly fruity beers should be illegal, yet I’ll drink an IPA with hints of grapefruit all day long. So it was with great rejoicing that I discovered my new favorite drink at Sauce Bar & Bistro: Rosemary’s Salt of the Dog features Hendrick’s […]

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LV Recommends: Bar’ber Shop

Bar'ber shop

If I hadn’t looked at the reviews online, I would have flown right by it. “Bar’ber Shop? I searched restaurants!” But upon more investigation, it appeared this place (located at 218 1st Ave. in Coralville) wasn’t serving up a shave and a haircut, but meals made from locally sourced foods at an affordable price. So, […]

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LV Recommends: The best (seriously) pie crust

The Best Damn Pie Crust

I’ve made my fair share of pies over the years, but until this summer, never had a great recipe for pie crust. I’ve borrowed recipes from friends and family and while they definitely do the job, they never completely hit the mark. I recently took notes from my friend Lauren who happens to make some of the most delicious pies, and finally baked one of my own that had a crust worth talking about… […]

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Workman’s Compensation by Lion Bridge Brewing Company is LV’s September 2015 Brew of the Month

Policy on the Rocks at Lion Bridge

In honor of Labor Day, this month’s beer of choice is an award-winning, tasty, low-alcohol compensation that is perfect to enjoy after a hard day of work: Workman’s Compensation, brewed by the Lion Bridge Brewing Company of Cedar Rapids. Lion Bridge classifies Workman’s Compensation as dark mild—a malty, low-alcohol style that originated in Britain. Lion […]

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LV Recommends: Fabian’s Seafood Truck

Fabian's Seafood

Once every few weeks in Iowa City — probably on a Monday around 10 a.m. — a refrigerated truck pulls into the Riverside Dairy Queen’s parking lot (526 Riverside Drive). It is white and completely unmarked. Actually, there’s this: A single leaf of oversized printer paper, duct taped to the driver-side door. It says FABIAN […]

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