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At Chez Grace, Chef David Zaghloul performs an a capella chef-d’oeuvre

It’s approaching dinner time, and Chef David Zaghloul is sitting at one of his tables, waiting for customers to arrive—a common scene in every restaurant, but here at Chez Grace, even the waiting is a job that Zaghloul does alone. “I do the front and the cooking and everything else,” he explains. This means that […]

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Raise your glass to these no-proof and low-alcohol cocktails

Adults love their adult beverages, but not always the buzz that comes with it. With sales of alcohol dropping around 1 percent in the U.S. in 2018, an increase from 2017, Americans seem to be joining a growing European movement: eschewing boozy cocktails, beers and wines for low- or no-alcohol beverages.
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The Wellington Heights nonprofit cafe serving up valuable skills to the young women behind it

In the long list of great places to catch a meal in the Cedar Rapids area, Café 361 stands out with its themed menus, community mindedness and inspirational premise. And if you want a seat at the table, you’d better get your name in quick — they’re only dishing up meals once a month during […]

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LV Recommends: Dine using your horoscope as a guide

Jupiter will be in its home sign of Sagittarius from November of 2018 to December of 2019. These 13 months are all about growth, new beginnings and transformation. Allow the impulsive, fun-loving energy of Sagittarius to inspire your local dining choices this year, with these up-and-coming restaurant recommendations for each sign. Aries: NaRa Thai Cuisine, […]

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Hashtag (and NCAA tournament) prompts locals to list their top 10 Iowa City-area eateries

After clinching the Big Ten championship over Rutgers on March 9, the University of Iowa women’s basketball team — led by coach Lisa Bluder and Big Ten Player of the Year Megan Gustafson — will enter the NCAA Tournament Friday with the home-court advantage. Carver Hawkeye Arena will host the Hawks’ first-round game against the […]

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LV Recommends: Gianna’s Italian Beef

Don’t tell Chicago, but Gianna’s stole their sandwich. Signature sandwiches are an edible work of art. Done right, they make our mouths water and our bellies happy. They leave us with warm memories of past road trips, vacations and experiences. Eastern Iowa has a number of restaurants where one can order an Italian beef sandwich. […]

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Dublin City Pub is closing

Dublin City Pub is closing, the Cedar Rapids bar and restaurant announced late Monday night on its Facebook page. The Irish-themed pub’s final day will be Sunday, March 17, which is St. Patrick’s Day. “Please come partake in one last hoorah,” the post said. “Let’s make this day full of Shenanigans that will last a […]

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Lion Bridge Brewing Company celebrates five years in Cedar Rapids

In the shadow of Czech Village’s distinctive orange-roofed clock tower, across the street from the old Kosek Bandstand and complementing the stone lions scattered along 16th Avenue in Cedar Rapids is a small craft brewery (with a spacious taproom) that feels as integral to the area’s history as most any business in the neighborhood. […]

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Dash Coffee Roasters is opening an Iowa City cafe

Dash Coffee Roasters is opening an Iowa City cafe this spring. The North Linn Street space will be the second location for Dash. “We’re hoping to open sometime in May,” Rebecca Davidson, who owns and runs Dash with her husband Phil, told Little Village. The Iowa City cafe will feature the complete Dash drink menu […]

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opens in Old Capitol Town Center

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, a national chain serving classic American diner food, opens in the Old Capitol Town Center Tuesday. Facing Clinton Street and sandwiched between Noodles and Company and what will soon be a Panera Bread, the first downtown Iowa City Freddy’s location seats 110 guests, with additional patio seating in warm weather […]

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