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How Cedar Rapids bartender Josh O’Connell turned his passion into a business

Not long ago, Josh O’Connell was flipping bottles behind a bar, taking orders from a menu of his own cocktail recipes. The tattooed and mustachioed mixologist delighted the public at the 2016 Cobble Hill and Pullman Corridor Mashup with his French Oak Old Fashioned, in which a mix of orange blossom water and bourbon was […]

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LV Recommends: Three health-conscious restaurants that cater to those on the fringe

Where to eat if you’re vegan or gluten-free. The Full Bowl 1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids Inspired by a favorite restaurant in Eugene, Oregon, owner Wes Shirley has brought the concept of a creative rice and beans restaurant to NewBo City Market, sporting the apt and cutesy slogan, “Exploring the globe, one bowl at […]

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LV Recommends: Where to go for a magnificent matcha latte in the Iowa City area

The matchas at these local cafes are the perfect swap for coffee. Cortado 26 S Clinton St, Iowa City This modern streamlined coffee shop across from the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City has plenty of seating as well as a sidewalk patio in warmer months. Beyond just a winning atmosphere, Cortado succeeds with delightful drinks […]

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Pucker up: Local sour beers take brewing to a whole new level

“Infected” is rarely a word you want associated with your food or drink. But for hundreds of years, from Belgium to Iowa City, brewers have been cultivating the perfect cocktail of microbes to infect their beers and serve an ever-growing fan base. Characterized by an acidic or tart flavor, sour beers can taste like everything […]

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LV Recommends: The most decadent dishes in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area

When you’re feeling fancy, these four local eateries are the place to indulge yourself. Sushiya 745 Community Dr, Ste A, North Liberty Sushiya has been serving up delicious sushi in its intimate corner of North Liberty since 2014. The delicious hand rolls and excellent service have made it a local favorite, but a new addition […]

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LV Recommends: Five area restaurants that have stood the test of time

Five tried and true restaurants with a history and reputation as impressive as their offerings. Pagliai’s Pizza 302 E Bloomington St, Iowa City This Northside Iowa City landmark has a hefty fanbase of regular diners. The restaurant’s front windows display the kitchen at work and on the inside, the big booths provide a prime seat […]

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Mercy Hospital Chef Ron Hall serves some of Iowa City’s best food

Mise en place. That’s the term that comes to mind when Jeff Donar thinks about Chef Ron Hall. It’s a French phrase Donar learned in culinary school; it means “everything in its place.” Donar, a cook, has worked for Hall in the Mercy Iowa City kitchen for nearly four years. “You can tell when [Chef […]

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Local producer Agri-Cultured Foods heals customers with fermented foods

We tend to think of our food as something we put into our bodies, as something totally separate from our bodies. But what if our food was actually alive? And what if our food became a part of our bodies after eating? […]

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LV Recommends: Standout Eastern Iowa sandwiches

Sandwich: noun, an item of food consisting of pieces of bread with meat, cheese, or other filling between them, or more generally any dish wherein two or more pieces of bread serve as a container or wrapper for another food type. These standout sammies deserve your attention. Oasis Falafel 206 N Linn St, Iowa City […]

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How Pig & Porter Chef Matt Melone makes time for family dinner

Matt Melone worked all day in the kitchen, and he’ll work more tomorrow. It’s December, an especially busy time of year at Pig & Porter, the downtown Cedar Rapids restaurant Matt co-founded with his business partner, Will Monk. Outside, the temperature sits below freezing. “I see people I work with more than I see my […]

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LV Recommends: Bingeworthy shows and food pairings from area restaurants

Nothing goes better with an evening in than Netflix and takeout. You don’t have to default to the nearest pizza chain or Chinese restaurant, though; pair these tasty local offerings with your favorite Netflix original for a satisfying binge experience. […]

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LV Recommends: Notable restaurant newbies in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area

Looking for something new? These eight new restaurants deserve a spot on your short-list. Maggie’s Farm Pizza 1308 Melrose Ave, Iowa City A long-time NewBo and Iowa City Farmer’s Market favorite, Maggie’s Farm Pizza opened their independent brick and mortar restaurant on the west side of Iowa City in August 2017. In collaboration with local […]

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