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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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Brock About Town: Melk, milking this Cedar Rapidian’s love of Crunch Berries

Hi, my name is Audrey, and I’m addicted to cereal. Not just any cereal, mind you, but the tooth-achingly sweet variety advertised by manic-depressive tropical birds during Saturday morning cartoons — the kind that gives you just enough energy to make it to second period before a massive blood sugar crash leaves you shaking and […]

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Participants in the seventh annual Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week announced

The restaurants participating in the seventh annual Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week were announced on Tuesday by the event’s organizer, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance (CRMEA). From Friday, Feb. 22 to Saturday, March 2, the following 17 restaurants will be offering special menus to their patrons […]

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An Instant Pot recipe* so easy, even you won’t screw it up

By the Condescending Cook** This is where I tell you a personal story about my time in NOLA,*** how it profoundly changed my understanding of what living free truly meant, and where I mastered the alchemy of turning meaning and memory into nutrients and flavor.**** Now, this being an amateur***** cooking article, this second paragraph […]

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Saigon’s Corner is set to open in the Old Capitol Town Center on Jan. 29

Tyler Pham, the chef who helped make pho popular in the Iowa City area, is opening a second location of his restaurant, Saigon’s Corner, in the Old Capitol Town Center on Tuesday. Pham was a partner in Pho Zaika and I Love Pho, before striking out on his own and starting Saigon’s Corner in Coralville […]

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Linn Street Dive will open on Wednesday in Devotay’s former space

Ever since owners Jade and Mark Paterno announced in November they were closing Devotay, an iconic Iowa City restaurant, and would reopen it as something completely new, a lot people have wondered what that “newness” would involve. Those questions will be answered starting Wednesday at 5 p.m., as Linn Street Dive opens its doors. “We […]

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LV Recommends: Pho Lucky

Recently, three Little Village staffers lunched at Pho Lucky to get a feel for Iowa City’s newest pho restaurant. Imagine, on a cold winter day, sitting like a warm cat in a big sunny booth right by the south windows of a tidy restaurant while you sip a sweet Vietnamese iced coffee or hot tea and wait for a big bowl of soup. […]

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